Thursday, December 15, 2011

Count down to Christmas

Christmas concerts are on the go, wreaths, holly and the smell of pine are a plenty. There is definitely a festive vibe in the air and I believe it's OK to officially wish folks a Merry Christmas. We've flaunted our wares for the last time so we can at last wind down and get in the festive mood. While we tidy up the farm, Jamie can brave the cold chopping wood confident that mulled wine and mince pies await him in the warmth. (Yeah right!). We've even had a bit more of the white stuff to make it seem all the more atmospheric. Feels like a good time to put our feet up for a well earned rest!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Festive crafting

There's nothing like nearly a foot of snow to get us out of the field and into the barn. The snow blower packed up half way round the pond, fortunately the snow only lasted a few days so we weren't stranded but it was a wake up call that winter is on its way and snow storms are inevitable. Saturday saw the end of hunting season so the woods are safe once more (aside from the coyotes), sadly Jamie has been too busy with the farm to get us a deer for the freezer. However, he has proved himself a fine marksman and, a crafty fox caught in the act of stalking our chickens has been put to rest.
We're busy creating a great deal of mess with a barn full of dried flowers (which seems to have ended up in the house) and putting together festive arrangements for the Christmas markets. Amazing what you can achieve with wire, determination, a glue gun and a can of spray paint. It's a good excuse to fill the house with pine and for Jamie to tuck into egg nog with rum - though to do so he has to fight off the mighty Bertie.