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It’s gooseberry thinning time. Haha, snort! In my next life I’m coming back as someone with time to thin her gooseberries, or enough moola to hire someone to do it for me.
I’m surprised by how happy both my gooseberries & currents are here in #thehamptons as this isn’t the climate they’re used to in Britain.
Lost one over the winter — that polar vortex did a lot of damage at my house, all sorts of things are very unhappy. Hoping my divine arborist from #bartletttreeexperts —@hoffmannpower — will figure it out soon as it’s all very worrisome.
Back to the gooseberries. Mine flop more than I expected & naturally, when I did experimental pruning on 1 shrub, hoping to guide it up, wouldn’t you know that’s the 1 that croaked. I have 3 or 4 bushes left, 1 of which has delicious rouged fruits. Luckily it’s far enough back on the property that my chickens never find it.
This one is safe as well as I have a new batch of girls, chosen for their eggs colors, who I haven’t let free range yet. There’s a bit of a detente going down, my second batch of chicks came 3 weeks later than planned so they’re not playing nicely together.
Also I chose skittish chickens, intentionally, in the hopes that it’ll keep them on their toes & help them be more aware of the possibilities of hawk attacks. I have to let them out early in the am before heading off to work & then tuck them in when I get home, so they’re on their own most of the day and need to be vigilant.
Again, wishing for a life without that silly interference called a job, or at least one that pays so well I can hire my own chicken whisperer /gooseberry thinner. I’ll have to start playing Lotto again to accumulate enough coin and then try to lure @arthurparkinson_ & his gorgeous girls from #bridgewaterpottery over to this side of the globe.
If you haven’t picked up Arthur’s delicious book #thepotterygardener do so immediately — it’s fabulous! Chickens, gardens, china, flowers, England — what’s not to absolutely adore?
I should also explain that I grow gooseberries ‘cause as a child I lived in London where I developed a serious gooseberry crumble habit & now I long to make my own gluten free version.
#agirlcandream at Bridgehampton, New York