A bit of everything today.
Firstly a chick hatched! It had 'silver laced wyandotte' on the egg, but it could be a light sussex! (what do you think Charlotte?) or a throw back? I remember you showed me one and I think it was all white? Whatever it is it's super cute and most obviously a girl, of course! And just to make sure of this I've called her Emily.
There are also cracks appearing on a(nother) light sussex and an araucana...so far. Much excitement here today. I love baby chicks hatching and find it really difficult to leave the mummy chickens to get on with it. I keep wanting to have peek to see what's happening. I can't remember if I said already, but I divided up the fertile eggs between Buttercup and Millicent as they both went broody one after the other. Can't wait to see what's happened when I get up tomorrow.
It's been absolutely scorching. The chickens are wandering around with their beaks open or resting in the shade. Much like the humans really. The resting in the shade part, not the open beak part.
On the veggie front, the tomatoes finally look like they may have a slight tinge of orange to them, either that or wishful thinking. I was worried about them for a while, they looked like nothing was happening, but now they have lots and lots of tomatoes on them so I think they'll be fine after all.
I'm not sure if I've ever posted a photo of our bananas before? Well here they are. Doing well. Lloyd loves bananas, me not so much. When we were in Rarotonga in August we learned how to cut the bananas so that you get the best out of them, so we tried it this year and we certainly seem to be getting the best crop we've ever had.
You need to keep the 'stem' that has the biggest, healthiest looking hand of bananas on it and chop all the others in the clump down. This way all the energy goes into the stem with the bananas. The other stems will grow back, so don't worry!
Peapods, to show that they do get to a decent size before I gobble them all!
This is a Bolivian rainbow chilli, I'm not sure if this is the real name for it - we bought it from the chilli man at the market and he said this was it's name! Supposedly it goes all colours of the rainbow - sort of! It's a really pretty plant.
Tomorrow is the Kaikohe A&P show. We're going to try and go fairly early before it gets too hot. It was 36c/97f today that's flipping hot.