So, I've been toying with the idea of wrapping this year up with a Q & A type post. I've seen other bloggers doing it and find it an interesting way to tell a bit more of my story, background and interests, and was wondering if you, my lovely (and much appreciated) readers would be … Continue reading Any Questions?
In our previous lives, and pre-children, J and I had made a bit of a tradition of going out and collecting lots of greenery the Saturday before Christmas, and making an evergreen garland to go across our inglenook fireplace. The first year we hadn’t realised just how much evergreen this actually meant we needed to … Continue reading Deck the Barn
Yesterday morning we were up with the lark, if the lark was daft enough to stretch his wings at 4:51 that is. 4:51, when the sun was still far from rising over our rural idyll. 4:51; do the kids not realise, we’re unemployed. What kind of time is that to be roused by the gentle … Continue reading To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
Every year in the run up to Christmas I promise myself I will bake things in advance and freeze; I will be prepared and not spend Christmas Eve running about in a frenzy trying to get the last presents wrapped, all the food prepared for the next day, and a decent amount of sherry drunk. … Continue reading I Love the Smell of Mince Pies in the Morning
Well, not really, as it’s not going to be ready until summer (and it DEFINITELY won’t have any spirits in it) but after our trip to the toon at the start of the week, where we managed to pick up some frozen blackberries and blackcurrants (and in an effort to clear the freezer of some … Continue reading Festive Spirit
Earlier this week, here in the UK, an Avian Flu warning was issued alongside an order from DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to bird keepers, to keep their animals inside, or at least away from wild birds, for 30 days. No cases of the virus have yet been found in the UK and the … Continue reading 30 Days and Counting
Yesterday dawned, as many others here do, beautifully. Little did I know it would be the day that one of my (more unusual) dreams would come true. The plan for the day was relatively simple; clean out the chickens, get our first real Christmas tree, decorate tree with children without losing my marbles. The morning … Continue reading Waxing Lyrical
Yesterday we decided to take a trip down memory lane, and headed back to the North East for the day. Our original plan was to see some old friends and take in the Fenwick’s department store window (this year it commemorates 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter – as both the boy and … Continue reading A Day on the Toon
Christmas has finally landed at the barn. J and I have been Christmas addicts since long before the kids came along; we would decorate the house whilst listening to Christmas CDs and quaffing sherry, and we’d watch festive films whilst gorging ourselves on Quality Street. Post children, this hasn’t really changed, except the sherry gets … Continue reading Christmas Crowd Control
We have now bid adieu to our final pre-Christmas guest and the preparations for the festive season are ramping up. I’ve soaked the fruit ready for the Christmas pudding to be made tomorrow – I’ve made my own for the last six or seven years, prior to that I was never a huge fan of … Continue reading Stick-ey…Wherefore Art Thou?