Saturday 9 February 2019

Pickling and Preserving.

Sunday 3rd Feb 

The Alpacas were due there Vit D injections, a two man job, one holds them and the other has to stick the needle in, it is usually e on the needle end, Alpacas have very thick skin and a few times we have had an Alpaca break free from grip and bounce around the pen with a syringe sticking in there bottom, anyway job got done without any accidents.
 I made a big chicken turkey and ham pie for dinner, it was divided up into 9 portions so a few extra meals put away in the freezer.
Monday 4th Feb
 I made a start with some seed sowing, I treated myself to a new heated propagator back in January, my old one works but is not efficient and it used to belong to my dad, the lid is going opaque and not letting in enough light.
 A start was made on emptying the compost bin
into the raised beds along side the poly tunnel.
Tuesday 5th Feb.
Martin went away to work today, Tess and me had a tip out
The goat and sheep skins we had prepared and salted had to go to the Organic Tannery the other side of town.
 Carol who runs it with her husband, showed me around and explained the whole processes
 The skins are soaked in these big pickling baths about 5 to a bath, the main ingredient used for organic tanning is Mimosa.
 The whole processes with the pickling, washing, drying stretching and combing takes about 5 weeks
 The goat skins a little less, they have a lead time of about 16 weeks so it will be a while before ours are back.
Wed 6th Feb
After the animal rounds I met up with a crafty friend in Swansea for coffee I had a few bits I had pre-ordered and needed to pick up,
 I had bought a box of clementines for  £1 and in the evening sat and peeled prepped and sliced them before getting them in the dehydrator over night.
Half the slices I kept whole for snacking on adding to baking etc, the other half I ground down into powder that can be sprinkled on yogurt, porridge etc.
Thursday 7th Feb
After doing feeds etc I spent the day down the cabin, working on something new, you will have to pop onto my craft blog to see what.
When I did the late afternoon feed rounds, Alpaca Janine was limping badly, well more hobbling around on three legs and the other she wasn't weight bearing on, I gave the vet a call, he checked her leg it didn't look like any breaks but the joint above the foot felt hot and swollen, a few injections given and more injections left for me to administrate in a couple of days.
 Friday 8th Feb
Martin is back, today was the day we collected he two porkers from the butcher
 Such a lot of meat from two pigs,
we are very pleased with it and not too much fat, some of this meat is being sold the reason why we had it done by the butcher.
The third pig has gone to bacon gammon's and sausages  and will be collected in a couple of weeks.
Saturday 9th
Another day of crafting for me along with clearing out junk from the storage unit, 
We had another delivery of shale, we have had many over the past month that we have used in gateways and were tracks are becoming muddied and waterlogged, this load was earmarked for filling in the pot holes along the drive.
Another job ticked off the list. 





  1. Busy as always Dawn, I love the way you make use of absolutely everything.

    1. we try to use everything but there is still a way to go

  2. Well that is a lot of good work. You do not spend your life in vain ;-) Well done, Wendy

    1. it defiantly not a put your feet up and tv lifestyle

  3. That was a great week, Dawn. Love the idea of ground up clementines.

    1. I am going to be grinding up more to make more use of fruit and veg

  4. Oh wow, can't wait to see the finished hides, I'm sure they'll be beautiful. I love the idea of the ground clementines, so many uses for them. My goodness you have a lot of meat, good thing you have several freezers that I can see in the background. Hope Janine is all better now!

  5. Good post - covers all sorts! Handy to have an Organic Tannery within reach. A good start on the garden - I have just managed to dig over a tiny bit of my veg plot so far.

    1. Its a new venture by a young couple and its good to support local businesses


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