Looks like we made another winter. As our fourth year here draws to a close and we start to go into our fifth year on Rum we have passed the anniversary of setting off on our WWOOFing adventure five years ago. Five years ago we had already finished at our first WWOOF host and were already at our second, life was already changing forever and our eyes were being opened to a whole new world out there. That very first host Steward Wood has recently been making headlines in the press and had a fantastic, amazing success in their crowdfunding target to raise cash to help with their planning appeal and continued work on their community and projects. Steward Wood was a really pivotal place for us and one we talk of frequently five years on.
Here on the croft there are new signs of spring every day. I spotted the first primrose last week, we’re collecting chicken and duck eggs daily, have found at least one goose nest (and moved a protective enclosure over it to protect the eggs from the crows and give the goose shelter and protection when she goes broody), got our first broody chicken of the season and been watching the mating fever of the various birds. There are buds out on the fruit trees and the first tiny seedlings poked their heads out of the soil from the seeds I sowed last week in the polytunnel. So far parsley and salad leaves have germinated, I will no doubt be spotting something new every day over the coming weeks and need to get sowing the next lot soon.
We’ve taken delivery of more postcards, finished the jam cupboard front, got eggs for sale in the shed and sold several more jars of jam, postcards and candles.
In other Rum news our monthly bring and share community meal had a cheese theme this month so on Friday islanders and a few guests gathered in the hall for quiches, macaroni cheese, cheesy chips, cheese bread, cheese and oakcakes, cheesy stars and cheese and onion crisps. We had some fairly cheesy songs playing and of course for the group photo we all said ‘cheese’