Sunday, February 7, 2016

07/02/2016 Dehydrating and out for a walk.

Maximum temperature 11C, minimum 4C.  67 km/h S wind gusts.  11 mm rain overnight.  Showers around this afternoon but they missed us :-)
I bought a sack of beautiful leeks cheap from the supermarket...

So dehydrated them.  Now ready for when ever I want to use them.

Sheep on the skyline.

Farm equipment.

Our neighbour on the road.

More logging.....

but still plenty of woodland areas.

Looking across the fields.

Another full dam....

and the overflow.

Gaelyn you will see here that ivy is a bigger problem than the mistletoe!

A private drive, wonder who lives down there!

The track was very wet luckily the centre was high and reasonably dry.

Dipsacus fullonum or Teazle as it is better known.

A field of lupins. high in protein, dietary fibre and antioxidants, very low in starch, and like all legumes are gluten-free.

Winter wheat


  1. Love the green lupins and winter wheat fields. Thank you, Rhodesia for bringing to my attention on my blog about the petunias. I mixed up the names of my plants.

    1. Nancy the lupins will look pretty when all in flower, hopefully I will be abe to get some photos then. Take care and enjoy your New Year Diane.

  2. Hello Diane,
    Thanks for dropping such kind thoughts on my posts.
    I meant to visit you sooner but I always get caught into other things than blogging!
    What a great idea to dehydrate leeks, a pity they don't come down well with me...
    I am trying to pick up the pieces and hanging onto fauna photography to keep my sanity, but at times it gets really hard.
    I am truly touched by your friendship and I hope all is well by you.
    Enjoy your evening, hugs from the south!

    1. Thanks Noushka, I only wish we were a little closer to give you support but what will be will be. I am sure it must be very difficult, than goodness you have your photography to distract you. Please take care and look after yourself. Thanks so much for the comment hugs Diane and Nigel.

  3. Well I do like your "neighborhood" except for the logging. Am really amazed by all that ivy. Yikes.

    1. Gaelyn the logging is not a problem. We have huge forests here in France and they are well looked after. The forest area has in fact grown in the last 20 years so I am told. Wood is the main source of heat during winter so the farmers are just stocking up, though I have to admit to seeing more in our area this year than what I have noticed in the past. It is a good place here in the country, peaceful and very pretty in some spots. Have a good week Diane

    2. Just read these two comments and thought I'd add one: woods are called woods because the produce wood! And wood has been an important fuel for ages - woods did not disappear in the past because they were cut down for fuel - and chances are thats still the same today. Hope you dont mind me posting this.

  4. I have to say I have never thought of the idea of dried leeks before - but you live and learn. The pile of logs reminds me that I need to check our woodpile before everybody doe the same and I find I can get any wood!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    1. Stewart we bought the dehydrator for all the garden produce. I spend hours making jams with the fruit or filling the deep freeze with vegetables and also fruit. Space and time is at a minimum in both respects. Dried fruit and vegetable can be stored easily and space and time is not such a big issue. Hope you got your wood ordered :-) Diane


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