The marmalade is now made for 2013, it is a lovely winter job , the house gets full of the most delicious smell when it is boiling away. I usually make 2 different types, a dark one that has a bit of black treacle added to give it that richer flavour and the popular Saville Orange marmalade. It is now all stored away in the larder ready for the B&B guests’ breakfasts this year.
I shall be sad not to have as many children about now that term time is upon us again. We have had some great children on the campsite despite the rather wet conditions. Here is one of the many dens that have been built in the wood beside the campsite. I do hope that the weather for camping will be better next year!
We have finally got the field cut for silage, that is grass that is cut, allowed to dry a bit then is bailed into large rolls and covered with a tight film of black plastic to keep the air out and preserve it for use in the winter. This year despite the rain we did manage to get some of the field bailed as hay, which is when we allow the cut grass to completely dry out in the sun before bailing, this means that it does not need to be covered in plastic but must be stored in the dry in a barn.