A week since I posted. I get worse don't I?!
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A week a ago I was thinking we needed some rain. Silly me! it's been tipping it down since ! It is also quite warm so things are growing apace, particularly the weeds and the grass. the grass in the paddock is very long, much longer than usual,. The problem is that we only have two little lambs to graze it and the sit-on mower has broken.. We'll be cutting for hay if we don't get it cut soon.
On Friday D. and I had a rare awayday. A friend had visited an exhibition of the collection of Dukes of Portland that is currently housed at the Harley gallery at Wellbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire. He thought we would enjoy this small but spectacular exhibition and insisted on taking us. ( He drove and also treated us to lunch ) he was right .. What a wonderful exhibition. I would thoroughly recommend a visit if you are anywhere close. Entry is free. As is often the case nowadays the outbuildings of this great house have been utilised to maximise the income necessary to maintain the estate. There is the exhibition/museum building, a garden centre, a resteraunt and a food shop.
At lunch I had brie and cranberry sandwiches with salad and D. had the ploughmans. here is a picture of his meal. How nice does that look?!
My Eldest Granddaughter has begun an apprenticeship which entails machine sewing. She has taken to this like a duck to water and has now ordered her first sewing machine. I was talking to a friend about this and she asked if EGD and myself could make use of some fabric she had stashed away. Could we?!! We now have a large bag of different cottons ideal for patchwork and project work. I have told myself that I will not start anything new until I have finished my important outstanding projects. The most important of these is the removable futon/ sofa cover for my Godson. This is in exchange for two tonne bags of chippings. A good bit of frugal bartering.
And now for some really sad news.... The fox has been again! We have lost Mummy Buff, Black Mummy and Flump. We had just introduced Mummy Buff to Flump and they were getting on REALLY well (if you get what I mean) so we left them to it when we went inside for our tea. Less than half an hour later D. went outside to find Flump lying in the grass outside the barn and the two hens missing. Huddled in the corner of the barn was a hen with all the chicks behind her, ready to fight off all comers, bless her. D. looked over the wall to see the fox standing on a mound next door. We are absolutely gutted and going through a fierce fox-hating time at the mo.
Talking of foxes, a wild animal that is, against all other animal trends, increasing in numbers. A few years ago a local chicken keeper, who kept chickens for a living not a hobby, took a shot at a fox that was circling his hen houses (NOT battery before anyone judges). His neighbour came out of her house shouting at him not to shoot the fox. It transpired that she was a member of a group that saves foxes from the towns and releases them into the country. I guess that little story will trigger different reactions !
Off to look at the comments on my last post and then to get ready for the tuesday gang for lunch.
Take Care All