Happy note: Juzzy gave me the recipe for her grandmother's tomato relish, untill now rigorously guarded by her father. Hmmmm, mmmmmmmm. Eight bottles before work yesterday - all for us! well, perhaps I will give Juzzy a bottle too.........
Now I know that relish recipes are a very personal thing, and I am very pleased to say this is the BEST recipe I have ever come accross, and we LOVE tomato relish, we have it on EVERYTHING, and now I hold the key to a forever supply of the good stuff!
Sad note: Chicken news is mostly bad. The plague is upon us. First Maurice, then Mongo, and now Gretel (this afternoon) are dead. Charlotte doesnt look too hot either.
As far as I can tell, Maurice looked like he had a sub-acute form of infectious laryngotracheitis, which if true, he would have bought in with him when we bought him 6 months ago, and which in theory, could be slowly making its way through the flock. Maurice had the tell tale chronic conjunctivitis. Unfortunately the symptom cluster for Mongo and now Gretel does not match any of the forms for "trac" as it is sometimes called - no pus, no mucus, no nasal discharge and no coughing. Just depression, and wilting, a bit of nodding and then death. I am at a complete loss as to what is going on.
So, the list of folks wanting to buy baby fluffies have all been informed that due to a bio-security disaster, there are no more fluffy-monsters for sale. I think that is the end of the fluffy breeding enterprise for some time to come. We are down to 2 adult fluffies, 10 young fluffies and one poor normal chicken, and of course - three indestructable ducks. I don't know what I am going to do about poor Charlotte - she HATES the fluffies, and I can't really put her in with them anyway untill I know if she is going to get sick, die and/or infect the others. And if I buy her a buddy, she may just end up infecting it as well. So she will just have to hang out by herself for a while. Sheesh.
Determined to end on a good note - the 100 foot challenge is a breeze! The BRANDYWINE tomatos are SUBLIME. Joe's ROCKMELONS are to die for. It is a good time of year in the garden, thats for sure ( if you dont look at all the newly dug chicken friend graves.......)