Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Orange juice surprise

The other day a work friend gave me some oranges from her garden. At the time she told me they were Clementines, but when I cut them in half I was surprised to find the flesh inside was a dark orange/red  colour. When juiced up the 'orange' juice was dark red! (I've got my little helper doing the juicing in this photo shot!).

So I guess the orange must be a type of 'Blood' orange. The juice was absolutely delicious. Shame there was only enough for a couple of glasses!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hops - sleep pillow

Filling the pillow

Back in March I harvested the hops from my 2 plants (see this post). Well I dried some of the hops and froze them for later use. Turns out 'later use' is not until now.......! I haven't managed to venture in beer brewing as yet (still on the 'must do' list however!). But since I often suffer from insomnia (probably due to working night shift) I thought it was high time I got my act together to make a wee sleep pillow. It probably took me all of 10 minutes!!!

Finished hop pillow
Hopefully it will help me get a better night's sleep!

More posts on hops to come..

Thursday, October 11, 2012

3 little pigs

OK well they're not quite so little now!! In a couple of weeks they will be approximately 6 months old. The two on the right are the Tamworths and the one on the left is the Duroc. It was hard to tell them apart for a while, until I discovered the Duroc has a pale smudge on her snout.

Compared to the photo from when they arrived and were just 8 weeks old they are quite a bit larger.

They have really done a great job of digging over the soil in their run, and yesterday we filled up some of their holes with water so they could have a nice wallow!

They also like to drink the muddy water too.........despite trying to keep their trough water clean they usually stand in it. They don't seem to worry though!

We also topped up their hay and they had a great time rolling and playing in a big pile, wagging their tails all the while.

I think they are 3 very happy pigs don't you?!