Sunday, Oct 13
Martin has found a radio station working. Not in the UK, but a foreign one which is issuing bulletins and weather forecasts. So now we know there is good news and bad news in what continues to be defined as a state of emergency. The good news is that attempts are being made to restore power supplies and to keep people informed of progress. The bad news is that this situation could go on right through the winter and also that heavy rain and storms are coming. Little was said about how people are coping in towns and cities, but we are all thinking the worst.
The news about the weather means we all agreed we should collect as much kindling as possible while we can. With five of us to do the work we can achieve a lot before the weather soaks everything. I had to keep breaking off and checking our fire indoors as I have potatoes baking in the ashes. It is easier than boiling and this way we don’t waste the skins, although the hens are missing the peelings I used to boil up for them with bread and layers mash. They have to be satisfied with weeds and a handful of corn, though I have also been digging in their run to make it easier for them to find worms for themselves. I am wondering whether to let them free range, which I never used to because they made dust baths of my flower beds, but I am worried that a fox will get them during the day and the hens are too precious for us to lose any now.
Anna noticed the heavy crop of beech nuts under the trees and said she was sure she had read somewhere they can be eaten. So we collected those too, although many husks are already empty because of the squirrels, However, many more are yet to fall and we picked those we could reach. There is a good crop of acorns this year too, many more than our pet pig needs, so we shall have to find out if those can also be put to good use.