Wednesday, 23 October 2013

walking the asbos and some very handy wild bird food

When I first saw this strip planted up with sunflowers and millet or maybe it's sorghum..I thought it was for the wild birds to help them through winter...and maybe it is..but having now read up a bit about these seed laden grasses it is also used for providing a wind break and cover for game birds..hmm I've been picking a few armfuls so at least some of it will hang in reach of the lively little folk that inhabit the garden.


Millet and sorghum were grown 3,000 years ago as an early crop for animals and probably for people. They are poisonous in the early stages so I guess trial and fatal error revealed the better periods.



This is the field at the back of the house..standing looking back toward the buildings..you can just see the rooftops across the way. The crop of wheat has been cut and the the stubble provides a great expanse for the dogs to run.


 And run and leap they do..especially Scrabble who is like a serious drug addict when it comes to balls...




This is Tata..very short legs!! but like a little lioness when she stands over her prey..the dead ball...


 Scrabble is willing me to stop messing with the camera and throw the darn ball....



Tata too....





The paddock is totally over grown hence my ruminations about getting a few sheep..but it would have to be for life....couldn't send them for slaughter. I can hear the mocking laughter and cries of rural derision..but I've been a veggie for the past 45 or so years..and just can't get excited about eating meat.not the proper four legs and a tail variety any way..My parents had a small holding and they used to send stock off to market but I'm too soft when it comes to the fairness of it all..and the trust they place in the hand that feeds them. I know..I'm a wuz !! On a lighter note....I love these amazing trees..but just look at the size of the hogweed!!

Some silly little tomato plants decided to come late..I'll see if I can nurse them through the winter.