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Crofting

Busy December Day

Nice day for crofting – not raining, not blowing a gale and relatively warm for December. Took advantage of this and led the ewes up to the hill for tupping when the rams are ‘slipped’, which should be in the next couple of weeks. They seemed fairly happy to go, followed me all the way up and disappeared off up the hill when I opened the gate.

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Planted the garlic cloves on the rigs – all 150 of them which should be plenty for next year (planted 120 last year and have some spare). Lots of grass coming through on the planting bed though. It was rotovated in September following the tattie harvest, so might have to weed and hoe fairly intensively in spring.

Also re-arranged the sileage feeding area for the cows in the byre – it’s now slightly larger and off the ground, so there should be less wastage. Blossom has started eating carrots as well as tatties but Silvestre is still not tempted, he’s sticking to sileage and kale.

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Eating

Xmas Ham

Started a cure for a leg of our own pork to make a ham for Christmas based on the recipe in the following link- http://forum.sausagemaking.org/viewtopic.php?t=7118&start=15 . Started off by boning out the leg, which left a 3kg joint, then mixed up the ingredients, added a few spices and herbs, put it in a tupperware tub and bunged it in the fridge.20141201-D7K_6639.jpg

It should really have been started a week ago but I’m sure it won’t matter too much.

It’ll stay in the brine solution till a couple of days before Christmas before being drained, and left to stand or equalize. We’ll then cook it up on christmas eve ready for eating on boxing day.