What’s happening on the croft?

As regular visitors may have noticed, my frequency of posting on the blog has dropped off to once or twice a week.

While a drop is normal at this time of year, thanks to the increase workload that spring and summer bring, it’s even more pronounced at the moment as I’m tackling a number of other tasks that require considerable amounts of my time.

What am I up to, then?

  • Researching and writing more guides to growing fruit, soft fruit, vegetables and herbs in the north-east of Scotland, or other areas with similarly cool and damp climates. Ones currently available on the blog include carrots, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, potatoes and turnips.
  • Cultivating the fruit, soft fruit, vegetables and herbs that inform the guides to growing them.
  • Transposing and organising my assortment of handwritten recipes with a view to getting them into electronic form and publishing more on the blog.
  • Writing several educational guides and worksheets on the newspaper industry, initially prompted by a request from the Big Lad’s P7 teacher but now sought with enthusiasm by the Other Half for her English classes, too.
  • Continuing to refurbish and re-organise the vegetable patch, over and above the ongoing cultivation of vegetables. (My wrist is continuing to slow me down.)
  • Continuing to refurbish and maintain the fencing. (My wrist again, plus our declining store of posts is slowing this down.)
  • Conditioning and training our boys during the off-season for rugby. The Wee ‘Un , in particular, is keen to build his strength and build his skills so I’ve devised a 10-week programme of training, exercises and diet. (Of course, it means I run while they cycle 3-6 miles, do three one-hour training circuits with them, do two-one hour weight circuits with them and do three one-hour drill sessions. I get to skip the hour’s swimming, though.)
  • Condition myself for rugby coaching while I wait to see if the local club is interested in having me help. I’ve offered my services for a couple of years now, but they seem particularly short of coaches and other helpers at the moment. As I’m a firm believer in doing what you expect others to do, that means going from crofting/training boys fit to rugby fit. So, even more speed, agility and strength training plus more endurance work, although that wrist is hampering work on my arms.
  • Keep the house in good order as agreed with the OH when I said I’d stay home while she went and earned the dosh. (Okay, this one is suffering somewhat, although the washing is done and the floors are clean in parts.)
  • Keep everyone fed. This was going well but with the boys now training more and harder, it’s like being a lone stoker in a steam-turbine torpedo boat destroyer going in for the kill. As fast as I shovel fuel in, the boys burn it up and demand more.

Whoops, out of time.

Since lunch, I’ve finished potting on tomatoes, mowed some of our vast expanse of grass, ran 2.15 miles to the top of Dunnideer and back, had a cuppa and wrote this blog post.

Now, the Wee ‘Un’s school bus is approaching and that means it’s time to prepare for an hour’s speed and agility training with him.

All I have to do is remember to breathe. How’s your day?

9 Responses to “What’s happening on the croft?”

  1. I feel exhausted just reading this! At what hour do you slump in front of the telly? ;)

  2. > How’s your day?

    Busy too ;) Finally some sun after weeks of rain, time to put in some serious hours!

  3. Like Carole, I’m pretty exhausted from reading about your workload/schedule. Makes me feel like a sloth! Oh well, back to planting out the dwarf French beans… I was going to leave the last half-dozen until tomorrow but… best get on :-))

    • I was planning to plant out kale and cabbage, but it was raining hard. Instead, I spent a couple of hours doing an IRB rugby strength and conditioning course online. It’s preparation for being a strength and conditioning coach, a role for which I found myself volunteered last night. The rain still hasn’t stopped, so it’s time to go and get wet.

  4. Potting leeks on because the ground is saturated and it’s still pouring…

  5. ye olde farmer Reply 17 June, 2012 at 11:52

    And I thought I was busy as on top of everything else, I’ve spent most of the last week trying to clear up the damage from one of our oak trees deciding to deposit around 60′ of tree across everything below. Maybe I could have done with some help from your “wee un” as he seems to have done a cracking job with the spruce !

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