I had read that Captain Cook's voyage was the first long sea voyage by the British Navy with no cases of scurvy. The reason was that they took with them a great many barrels of raw sour kraut, a wonderful source of vitamin C. Supposedly they still had a few barrels left when they neared England and gave them to a passing fishing boat. I think it is truly amazing that they could store raw sour kraut in oak barrels and have it keep several years.
|As pretty as the day it went into the fridge, about 4 months ago.|
I finished my goat shearing stand yesterday morning and I'm anxious to try it out. However, I seem to have caught a little bit of a cold so it will have to wait until tomorrow afternoon. I still have to make a little addenda to the platform that I can put on for Buster to raise the height such that his neck will be at the right height for the board that swings into place to hold his neck. I'm not sure what the proper term is for that. The general idea is that I will be able to shear the goats without the need of an assistant or two to hold them down. I'm anxious to see if it will work the way it is or if I'll have to make some adjustments.
I did a little gardening the other day. I decided to replant one of our hollow stumps. I had planted chives there about four years ago. As the stump continued to rot and the cavity enlarged, the chives kept sinking down further into the hollow. I dug them all out, added about ten gallons of dirt, divided the clumps of chives, and replanted them. I filled in the area around the chives with the primroses we had used in our booth at the Flower and Garden Show. I also added some pansies we had gotten for free from an adjacent booth. That booth was promoting a new product which is designed to replace peat pots. Its a much thinner material and the plant roots seem to penetrate it very readily, unlike peat pots.
My second runner duck hen started to lay this morning. That makes the current score Ducks 20, Chickens 0. The early start of the ducks has really put the hometown chickens in a pretty deep hole. However, since I own both teams at least one of my teams doing well. As a Washington Husky fan I never thought I'd be saying this, but "Go ducks!"