I was surprised that the light changed today, and that the brightness of the early half of the year is now over, and that the warm glow of late summer has already arrived, and it not yet being half way through the year. And the grass on the fields is taking on an August look, rather than a late June look. Still, we shall have days and days of warm weather ahead, of that I am certain.
Could do with a drop of rain though. When I was in the UK I dreaded seeing clouds in the sky, and got quite depressed when it rained, but here we yearn for rain, not loads and loads of it, but just a few drops here and there during the summer to help the growing things along. Speaking of which, I have conquered the flea beetles on the brassicas, and although not looking particularly attractive due to the many, many, holes which now festoon their leaves, (and you should see the kale - it looks even worse) they are thriving. We also have tomatoes on the way, which is early, or perhaps it is the tilling of the soil which Lester has been doing on his mini tractor which has pushed them on. But the peppers, chilli plants, and aubergines are all looking a bit sorry for themselves although do have flowers starting to appear.
And look at what I found on the floor of the half barn:
.....our first lemon, grown on this little plant:
....which is six years old, bought when we were living in the caravans, so had to endure all that we endured except that we did not get frost bite like that little plant did, almost frozzled to death it was, and yet it survived. It is looking straggly because it does not get enough light, but we can't put it outside because the chickens and geese might have a go at it, so it has to wait a while before it can get all the light it needs. It always has flowers somewhere on its branches, and would have more lemons but the dogs tend to keep knocking them off when they are hunting flies which buzz around the windows.
This lemon was put into a lemon and coconut cake. There is another lemon coming along at the top of the little plant, which keeps trying to be part of the self sufficiency team here, even though it struggles, bless it.
So, the light has changed. Not to worry, the light changes back to its early year brightness just before the end of the year, and that is when we need it to do so because it will help bolster our spirits just before the wet season hits us, and the inevitable flooding starts.
Bye for now. Am off to see how Lester is doing on the veg patch, which he has been working on all day. It is looking very tidy now. Plus he mowed the paths, nearly mowing the feathers off the young cockerel boy as he wandered aimlessly along with his little gang of henling girls, none of them paying any attention to the machine which was coming up behind them. All escaped. Just. It was not as if Lester was intending to despatch them, just that he thought that they would get out of the way quicker than what they did.
Another hen lost to the fox, with a scattering of feathers telling us that this had happened. Good job that Lester did not run over those henling girls, as we shall be need them to replace those which have gone down the throat of the foxes.
Ho hum, and off I go.
Sending blessings to you,