|Wellies required after six days of rain, and grass that has flourished and grown up to my ankles|
So, at the first sign of a break in the rain and some sunshine I put my wellies on, and went out in the backyard to check on the girls and the veggie patch, and to get the dose of sunshine that I seriously needed. The poor chickens were saturated, obviously fed up of being cooped up they had decided to leave the dry warmth of their coop to stretch their legs through the puddles in their run. So the first job was to throw some hay around the run to give them something dry to walk on and have a good scratch. They weren't shivering, so there was no need for a towel dry.
The next inspection of the veggie garden was a little saddening, all the rain and wind had really given everything a beating. I removed every slug I could find in the veggie garden, re-staked the tomatoes, and went on a mission to remove all the tomatoes from the vines that were swollen and about to burst (to make green tomato chutney) and remove the tomatoes that the slugs had gotten to and give them to the chooks. Basically, my tomato loses were the chickens tomato gains, and they ended up with many more tomatoes than I did-green tomato chutney will have to wait until autumn. On the upside, there are still tomatoes on the vines that surprisingly didn't fall victim to too much rain, wind, slugs or death by frost, and this morning I have lots of tiny red tomatoes and one ripening Roma tomato. I'm looking forward to lunch time.