Taking a year off

A chance to meet up with friends and have a chat - a general space with the freedom to talk about anything.
User avatar
doofaloofa
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1339
Joined: Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:50 am
Location: Wesht Cark, RoI

Taking a year off

Post: #283914 doofaloofa
Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:14 pm

This year I am building us a new extension, so I have decided to take a year off from the gardening to free up valuable time in the spring, when I will be going full steam ahead on the building project

That means no pigs, and maybe no turkeys for christmas

I am feeling a great weight lifted from my shoulders
ina wrote: die dümmsten Bauern haben die dicksten Kartoffeln

User avatar
Flo
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1549
Joined: Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:12 am
Location: Northumberland

Re: Taking a year off

Post: #283920 Flo
Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:14 pm

Will the garden go away or turn into a jungle whilst you are building the extension? Can understand you not having pigs and turkeys whilst you are building - bad mixture.

User avatar
doofaloofa
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1339
Joined: Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:50 am
Location: Wesht Cark, RoI

Re: Taking a year off

Post: #283922 doofaloofa
Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:27 pm

Hopefully the extension will be sealed against the elements (and therefore work can slow) by the late summer, so the turkeys/geese will still be viable

I am planning to start to get more bonhams to sell live, so pigs may also happen, i just wont try to grow the fodder

I though I'd cover the garden in black plastic for the year, or maybe sow some rye in the late spring as a forage for the geese/turkeys to graze
ina wrote: die dümmsten Bauern haben die dicksten Kartoffeln

ojay54
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 250
Joined: Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:48 am

Re: Taking a year off

Post: #283923 ojay54
Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:35 am

From my personal experience,the 'relief of not having to care 24/7 for stock very quickly becomes a feeling of abject loss.It's 2 years + since we said goodbye to the pigs (and goats) and now I only think about them 4 or 5 times a day.You'll want them back as soon as .

User avatar
diggernotdreamer
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 1787
Joined: Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:23 pm
Location: North West Ireland

Re: Taking a year off

Post: #283924 diggernotdreamer
Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:03 pm

So you had a weight off your shoulders, no pigs, turkey etc.............................

....................... and now you might do turkeys and also pigs may be an option, maybe you should just put in a few spuds and cabbage just for the sheer hell of it. Isn't that what is known in political circles as a u turn

User avatar
doofaloofa
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1339
Joined: Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:50 am
Location: Wesht Cark, RoI

Re: Taking a year off

Post: #283925 doofaloofa
Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:47 pm

I'm glad you asked me that question...

the 'weight' is planning and growing a full garden

The animals are way less work(now our infrastructure is good) and will come after the bulk of the building is over

rather than half do both I thought 'feck it' put the veggies on hold till next year
ina wrote: die dümmsten Bauern haben die dicksten Kartoffeln

User avatar
doofaloofa
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1339
Joined: Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:50 am
Location: Wesht Cark, RoI

Re: Taking a year off

Post: #283926 doofaloofa
Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:48 pm

In short, I am undecided about the pigs and turkeys and geese
ina wrote: die dümmsten Bauern haben die dicksten Kartoffeln

User avatar
diggernotdreamer
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 1787
Joined: Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:23 pm
Location: North West Ireland

Re: Taking a year off

Post: #283927 diggernotdreamer
Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:38 pm

you missed out saying 'going forward'

User avatar
doofaloofa
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1339
Joined: Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:50 am
Location: Wesht Cark, RoI

Re: Taking a year off

Post: #283928 doofaloofa
Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:51 pm

You'll still vote for me though?

Right?
ina wrote: die dümmsten Bauern haben die dicksten Kartoffeln

User avatar
Flo
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1549
Joined: Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:12 am
Location: Northumberland

Re: Taking a year off

Post: #283931 Flo
Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:46 am

Just get on with the building will you instead of trying to make decisions? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: It's far too early in the year for decisions - well up here anyway when outside work starts on 1st March, give or take a foot of snow and frost.

User avatar
Flo
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1549
Joined: Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:12 am
Location: Northumberland

Re: Taking a year off

Post: #285030 Flo
Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:38 pm

The question is - is doofa building the extension or is he keeping pigs, turkeys and geese or is he gardening? :mrgreen:

User avatar
doofaloofa
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1339
Joined: Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:50 am
Location: Wesht Cark, RoI

Re: Taking a year off

Post: #285034 doofaloofa
Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:49 pm

All of the above

The family are away on holidays for 2 weeks, so I have taken the opportunity to join the house and extension roofs

The swedes are looking good to
ina wrote: die dümmsten Bauern haben die dicksten Kartoffeln

User avatar
Flo
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1549
Joined: Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:12 am
Location: Northumberland

Re: Taking a year off

Post: #285053 Flo
Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:42 am

About this year off then? What went wrong with the plans?

User avatar
doofaloofa
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1339
Joined: Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:50 am
Location: Wesht Cark, RoI

Re: Taking a year off

Post: #285056 doofaloofa
Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:26 pm

Just growing the one crop has been way less stressfull than a mixed garden, and though there was a good deal of work to do earlier, the crop is looking after itself at the moment

or something
ina wrote: die dümmsten Bauern haben die dicksten Kartoffeln

User avatar
Flo
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1549
Joined: Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:12 am
Location: Northumberland

Re: Taking a year off

Post: #285059 Flo
Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:32 am

You must be able to do a lot with that one crop then. :mrgreen:


Return to “The ish Local - (Chat)”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests