Uni starts again at the end of July – Food and Drink In Contemporary Western Society. I haven’t a clue how my long Nyonya essay went but I had a great time researching and writing it. I really do want to study the culture some more one day. I did quite well last semester – 2 high distinctions, a distinction and 2 credits for the 6 papers we had to do. Not so bad considering I haven’t been to uni for about 15 years and I’m still working full-time.
Anyway, now your here would you like to come for a walk in the garden? It’s cold and damp at the moment so everything looks kind-of greener than it did a few months ago. This is my lime tree. These are the little limes. I think they call them Key limes in the US and maybe Calamansi limes in Asia. Lovely tart, “limey” flavour, lots of seeds. I usually cut the cheeks off if I’m serving them to squeeze on food. I keep meaning to make lime pickle…
Here are the new chickens. These girls should start laying in a month or so. They are very docile and settled in very well. Of course the older girls chase them around and harass them. Our chickens are free range and organically fed for the most part although we do sometimes buy pellets. It would be very hard to raise free range vegetarian hens like I see advertised in the shops. Chickens are the most voracious carnivores and will always be on the look-out for insects, meat scraps and, wait for it – live mice! It’s true. If they can they will chase and corner a mouse that gets into the yard and then it’s, well, it’s all-over-red-rover for the mouse. Our hens have quite a bit of room and when we buy hay for their yard we leave it in the bale so they can scratch and pull it apart themselves looking for bugs and stray grain.. It’s good for them and keeps them busy.
Well, I need a lie-down now so you just let yourself out and I’ll see you soon 🙂