I also used raw sugar in the poaching liquid instead of brown sugar, and topped up the potato water in the dough with some whey that I had leftover from making some cream cheese/labneh.
Outside, our little injured duck has been spending her days in the garden. She still gets locked back up again at night in her pen, and has made a cosy little spot for herself in amongst my sad looking hydrangea. Her hen-pecked wound has healed well and the feathers have grown back, all except for the her tail feathers which are taking longer, for some reason....
She is content to sit most days and is not terribly active...I'm told this is a Muscovy trait?
The chooks are enjoying their new surroundings - most days...when it's not howling with wind and raining. I usually take three out to the chook dome and five out to the fruit tree area. Sometimes they switch teams and it's quite funny herding them in the right direction when they want to go someplace else!
They've really made an impact on the ground in the fruit tree area. Depending on where I scatter the grain, I can (somewhat) control where they 'cultivate'. The little duck is producing quite a bit of bedding litter, so I will add this to the site for them to dig in. It's amazing how short the grass is being kept in this area since they started visiting...I used to loathe bringing the lawn mower around to this slope, and now they do it all for me!
|Cutie, the Australorp|
And way back in March, I picked up some loganberry plants, which have finally found a new home on the re-purposed swing frame. Not sure how they'll go/grow, but you have to try these things, right?
I hope you're enjoying your Thursday, whatever you are up to!