Friday, May 22, 2009

A Holiday Friday

It is now nearing ten o'clock and I will soon be off the bed — climbing the wooden hill, as my dad used to say.

We've had glorious weather the past few days and today I see that the temperature is still, at this time of the evening, up to 24°. Clear blue sky and lots of sun but a very slight springtime nip in the air to remind you it's not July yet.

Jonathan & Debbie were working out in the garden most of the day, helped by Bocar, Andrea, and Paul. I never got around to my bonfire again today but plan to do so tomorrow. Becky and Nat plan to pot the first honey harvest tomorrow — it's had a few days now to settle and mature. She went out today and returned the two supers to the main hive and reports that all seems well.

Last year Jonathan bought some special seeds for producing green manure and planted them in one plot of the garden that he planned to leave in set-aside this year. The seeds (I can't remember the name) were marked as being especially "mieliforous" so we were anxious to see how our little friends took to them. Well today they are in full flower and Jonathan asked me to come over to the patch and listen, which I did. I don't know when I've seen so many bees per square metre!

Raph and David went out to collect elder flowers. Raph had read somewhere of all the wonderful things you could do with them and right now is when they are in season so he didn't want to miss it. They came back after awhile with a basket of beautifully scented flowers that they took to the cellar to start making elderflower cordial and something called "champagne" — apparently he'll have enough for ten bottles. Debbie has instructions from him on bottling it tomorrow so stay tuned! Here's a shot of David with some of the harvest:

Tomorrow morning the Snoozies (Raph, Camille, Christine, David, and Susanne) and Olivier are heading up to England to spend a week at Darvell. They're planning to leave at five tomorrow morning so today in order to catch the noon boat from Calais so this afternoon there was the usual cleaning of vehicles and bussle of planning and getting everything ready. I gave Camille my "English purse" which had fifty pounds or so in it — that will help them get started, though Euros and valid, of course, on the ferry.

I was reading my book more than usual today since Raph would like to take it on the trip tomorrow and read it with Camille. I just finished it before I started typing this so they'll be happy.

I spent a little time talking to Paul today who told me he updated his Frog Blog a little with Olly. (If you haven't seen it yet, do take a look at it here.) He has some great pictures and it's so interesting to see a different point of view. I like him a lot — God bless him!

Much to my surprise I got an email today from — wait for it! — Tot! If you don' t know who he is you must be new around here! Anyway, it was great to hear all his news and to renew contact with him — I'll have to reply tomorrow morning and perhaps send him to our family site.

We also received another order for books, the third this week, from someone wanting eleven books so that was real nice! It's order number 88 in not quite a year and a half so we're quite encouraged. Putting the bookshop on line after six years in town was the best thing we ever did in terms of selling books. But the bookshop really was only ever started, years ago, as a witness — a window display that we could fill with scripture verses and posters. Now it's still that but is also selling Bibles and books all over the world! Who'd have thought?

I've been at this long enough for tonight. Everyone else has wisely gone to bed and I should do the same — especially as I want to get up a little earlier to see Raph & Camille off. Good night, all and may God bless us every one.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting family news, Derrick... I don't understand this sentence though, "some special seeds for producing green manure". I thought it must be a plant to cause an animal's manure to be green (though why you would want that is beyond me), yet you go on to say that the bees were the ones drawn to the flowers! How do you get green manure from a bee? Ha ha...I, obviously, am totally confused! Your farming is much different than that of the Canadian prairies!

    I didn't think I was new but I don't remember who Tot is - but I'm glad you have heard from him - lol...

    The did that name come about??