Monday, 14 March 2011

A little spring sunshine

No matter how long or short, a walk around the fields in the spring sunshine is a real pleasure. I am more interested in the top of the hedgerows as they start to burst into life while Morris the fox terrier is more interested in the bottom of the hedgerows, where he searches for rabbits.

Morris has also taken against the artificial hawk that hovers above the oilseed rape fields scaring pigeons and he stands braced and ready for action as the bird swoops and swerves on its pole. This is just one of the scare tactics used to keep the pigeons away; we've also attached flapping bits of plastic to lots of sticks and stuck them in the field and last week one of the pigeon shooters shot over forty birds in one session.

The pigeons had grown very plump on all the fresh green leaves of our oilseed rape plants and so with the four I was given, I marinaded the breasts in a little cold pressed rapeseed oil and chopped thyme, then quickly cooked them in the griddle pan. They tasted delicious. And yes, it was with a certain ironic delight that I used rapeseed oil. 

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