Water ,Cats and First Tastes From The Garden

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What a crazy few weeks since the last post . we had four days without water because a water pipe broke . The pipe that broke was the pipe putting the treated water in tot the tank so of course this forced mud and other debris in to the tank and through the water system .We had to pump out and de sludge the tank and clean out all the lines after having a new pipe fitted , then the water treatment wouldn’t start up so after we get that fixed and get a good tank full of water the domestic water pump failed which summed up 4 days without water …its very hard to go that long and continue to get the place up and running when you don’t have any water.

After the nightmare without water we managed to water the garden just in time before it started to wilt . i had to thin out the rutabagas so i figured it was a bit of a waste to just compost them so i googled to see if they are edible , guess what not only are they edible but rutabaga greens are delicious. blanched and then sauted in olive oil with garlic and mushrooms. The romain lettuce have come along well so we have had a couple of caeser salads mmmm.

After seeing all the field mice whilst we have been mowing and brush cutting , i thought it would be a good idea to get some outdoor cats . i looked on craigslist and saw that there was a rescue center looking for homes for outdoor feral cats. sounded great so i contacted them not long after we moved in but becasue we would be keeping them in a garage and not asecure room we needed a cage to confine them for 7 – 10 days to get them thinking of this new place as home , so there was a waiting list for the cages . We finaly got our new feral cats all fixed and healthy  and kept them caged for the required time . i felt a little sorry for them being in a cage but really it is better than the alternative for feral cats at a shelter .yesterday was release day, after i had fitted the cat flap in to the side of the out building and built ramps for the cats i left the doors to the cage open and left them to check out the new place .

This morning i came to clear the litter trays and feed them as i had for the previous 10 days expecting them to be in the rafters or some where int he garage , but no they had indeed found there way out through the cat flap and gone exploring i set up the remainder of there shelter and dismantled the cages but put there bedding in the new location and let the litter trays near to the cat flap for a smell they can home in on . i fed them and left i checked back late afternoon and no food had gone so i do hope they come back , i had read that they do go missing for a couple of days when first release and then return , i do hope this is the case . i am still not a cat person but i think we could have a mutually beneficial relation i dont want mice , they need a place to live . i will keep you posted on if they re appear.

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