Thursday, 2 May 2013

Smallholding Ratting Contractors Dinner Break.



That's a picture of Domino (the cat) and Fido (Jack Russell terrier) sharing their tea the other day.  They never snarled or scratched or even cursed at each other.   The cat and the dog help keep the rats and mice away.

That's a photo taken last night of our newly sown field of Barley and grass.  The old currant bun (Sun) seems to be shining on us for a change.  It's been gorgeous for the last few days here in Southern Ireland.

Any road.  We stone picked the field yet again and harrowed it and spread the seed and fertilizer (man made chemicals, slap hands) and finally rolled it all.  Now all we have to do is wait for it to grow.  It should take about twelve weeks.  Then we will get a silage contractor to mow it and bale it for us and hopefully get some very happy and fat cattle this winter.  Hope we don't get no fat rats.





























8 comments:

  1. Good to see the feline and canine rat & mouse extermination team getting on so well together.

    And some sunshine with warmth as well. Lets hope for a good growing season and plenty of big bales in due course.

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  2. Yes it's amazing Cumbrian how the dog and cat don't fight each other.

    I do hope we have a good growing season for grass, vegetables and cattle. Then it will be time to sell the cattle and pay the silage contractor and winter will be on its way again.

    Thanks.

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  3. That's such a rare photo......dogs and cats eating together...unheard of.....

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  4. Hi John. The terrier even prefers cat biscuits instead of dog food. Perhaps it's because they are similar size and colour that they get on so well?

    Thanks.

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  5. Just came from Newcastle yesterday afternoon, the fields on that side look a lot greener, been prepared and planted, now sprouting green, a lot better than our side of the country. But our lambs seem further on.

    Miserable today, grey, wet and breezy, and cold enough that the gas fire's on.
    Arrived home about 9:00 pm, raggy cat appeared later, straight to the bowls, sadly no milk, but eat the biccies fairly enthusiastically and the meat out of the sandwich Mrs didn't eat. Back to normal now, toasting in front of fire.

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  6. Hi Cumbrian, Where did you go? Was it an expensive place? I watch a place in the sun on the television and always like seeing the places abroad. Especially the one's with a lot of British and Irish ex pats.

    I really miss Portugal with the fantastic weather, it's incredibly cheap and there is a public transport and taxi infrastructure, unlike here in rural Ireland. I don't know how they can expect to get tourists when they won't provide public transport.

    Thanks.

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  7. Just our usual Argeles, it's full-on spring there, early summer even, all green and lush. Weather not as good as we hoped, sunny but only low 20s, and a lot cooler a t night. But plenty of swallows about, so it must be warmer than here, I haven't seen a swallow here this year.

    We love the fresh warm bread, to accompany dip eggs for breakfast with coffee and Camembert at tea time with a chilled local white wine. Also makes good sandwiches for the plane on the way home, but it gets a bit soft and creamy when it's warm, and since the baguettes tend to be fairly crusty, sometimes when you take a bite out of one end, the cheese squeezes out of the other.

    Cheapest things are wine, a lot locally-produced, and beer in the superstores.

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  8. Sorry I never saw your comment until now Cumbrian. I really want to go to France soon. It sounds great.

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