Charles Raffill Magnolia.The sun shone all day and it was fine right up till 7.29 this evening, ( when the heavens opened again )but it's been one of those days where every little thing that can go wrong does go wrong. Nothing major, just little annoying stuff.( I will spare you most of that detail ) except for the most annoying of all. We use free range eggs and I usually have a self imposed rule because of past experience, that I break all eggs into a cup just in case. Tonight I decided I would just make quiche for our dinner as it was getting late ; one with veges, cheese etc. I broke my own rule and was breaking the eggs straight into a large bowl ready to beat. the 4th egg was rotten......absolutely putrid and of course my reaction was a tad slow and a wee bit dribble out on top of the 3 good eggs. That wasted 4 eggs down the toilet. ( the smell quite put me off my dinner and I love eggs. ) The use by date on the pack is 29th August.
On the brighter side,we have been seeing some sun the last few days and we got our crucial spray on the kiwifruit blocks D and N ( thanks for your phone call - you are so kind ). The tractor made big ruts in the ground as it was so water logged but he didn't actually get stuck. Today we had our GAP audit and the auditor had an auditor auditing them....how silly is that all getting .......so when the sun was shining we are stuck inside doing paper shuffling. Never mind we passed.( we have to do these audits to be allowed to export avocados. )( there is a kiwifruit one too! )
Yesterday I got some lettuce seedling planted and the day before put in carrot and radish seed - no need to water. The days have been lovely when the shine does shine.... it is just that the rain is winning. Every time the sun dries things out the rain replenishes it.
Some days I have fitted some quilting in . My little quilt top is slowly being quilted and is going very well so far. I think I will have it ready in time. Let's hope tomorrow is a more productive and satisfactory day.
Last night I finished a book I enjoyed." Pliny's Warning, " by Anne Maria Nicholson. It is a fictional story of Vulcanologists and has historical information in it, right back to Mt Vesuvius erupting in 70 AD. It even mentions White island in NZ..... which is kind of spooky as our volcanoes in NZ have been grumbling as I was reading this book.
* Janice our kiwifruit should have Zespri stickers on them. Some of the fruit is class 2 and will have other stickers. if you see any write them down and tell me. You would have to see a whole tray full or box full to get our grower number.