It´s one of those days that when the sun shines You can´t have much clothes on, but when the clouds hides the sun You really want to put on winter clothes :-) We have pretty strong north western winds today so I can walk around in my garden without feeling to much of it since my cottage stands in the way.
I think I´ve told You that gooseberries, black currant and a species of red currants (called ‘Forrest currant’) live wild in this country. Usually they live on wet grounds and not to thick forests. I´ve never seen Forest currants near here, but we have black currant and gooseberries. The wild ones usually have smaller berries but otherwise they taste just the same. But birds does spread our garden varieties too and then the berries are quite big.
Black currants grows just outside my cottage and one of those bushes now grows in my garden :-) and last year I found some goosberry bushes not to far away that gives big really tasty green berries, now I have one of those too :-) It´s just a small one but It´ll give berries already next year, of that I´m pretty sure.
We walked in the opposite direction than usual this morning. What I didn´t know was that Bertil was waiting by my neigbour so he could follow us. So it wasn´t until we were almost home that I saw him. He started to run away from us until he heard me shout Bertil. Then he turned around and started running towards us :-) If You look on the road almost up by the stable You can see a tiny black spot, that´s Bertil.
Now he´s a bit closer.
Finally I let my dogs run to greet him. I didn´t want them to do it to early because they can be a bit to tough when greeting him :-)
It´s rather fun to see a cat jumping around like a dog when he´s happy. That cat really has an identity problem :-) :-)
Sometimes one has currant and gooseberry bushes that are old sorts that one would like more of but doesn´t know the sort name so it´s impossible to buy new ones. Well that is no bigger problems when it comes to those bushes. Black currant is easiest. Just cut of a couple of branches in spring, cut them into 15cm (6 inches) pieces and put them in a pot with sandy soil. Place the pot in a shady place, never let them dry, and wait until autumn. Those cuttings should have plenty of roots then and You can plant them in the garden.
Red currants and goose berries is easy too but it´ll take some more time. Just bend down a branch (or a couple if You want more) towards the ground and fasten them there. You can use a heavy stone or something like that, the important thing is that the branch has contact with the soild undernieth. I usually scrape some on the bark that will come towards the ground since that can help the branch to make new roots. Already next year the branch will have roots of its own, but I would wait another year untikl I cut the branch from the big bush and plants it some where else.
My new little gooseberry bush :-)
The sun is shining outside again and I´m wondering if it´s any use going out. I think I´ll take a cup of tea and see how it is later on. It´s one of those days when I´m not sure what to do. Probably I´ll watch a dvd or two.
Have a great day now!