And so….11 months later

Someone mentioned my blog last night and I couldn’t remember when I last updated it – last August it seems. So – a little round up to jot down my memories of the last year:

Chickens – now upgraded to ‘the Chicken Palace’ – a great big steel framed run (**) that makes it much easier for me to get into, and gives them oodles of space (technically enough space for 11 chickens) to run around in. Bob, Bernard, Dame Julian, Hildegarde and Sister Mary Clarence are all well, missing the ability to run around free-range on the lawn (thereby destroying it) but otherwise happy and laying eggs at a rate of notes. Except Bernard who has gone broody twice in the last year.

(** more expensive than a wooden walk-in run, but given the amount of rain up here, thought would last much longer. Did I mention how much it rains? New definitions of ‘not really raining’, ‘raining a bit’, ‘tipping it down’ and then ‘it’s properly Cumbrian out there’ now in force at home).

Cats – still snotty but happy and doing their best to keep on top of the rabbit population in the back field.

The Dog – for Valentine’s Day this year Mr.E and I gave each other ‘half a dog’. This dog comes in the form of a very bouncy black Labrador (working) who will either kill us or get us fit. Very different from the collies that I grew up with. Very bouncy (did I mention that?). Here is a picture of his favourite place. Actually, the fridge might be his favourite place as it contains sausages. Not quite sure which one would win out.

Splish Splash


Choir – We joined the local community choir last Autumn – it has been great to be singing in a choir again after not really doing any choral singing post school. I have, however, shifted to singing tenor to help out on numbers. I can just about manage tenor – baritone is a drop too far though.

Book Club – forcing my reading tastes to expand beyond their usual remit, this has also been a nice addition to social life, meeting monthly. After five months, I’ve actually got myself organised enough to finish one of the books covered in the group, rather than starting the new book straight after the last meeting, then forgetting about it, or leaving it until just before the next meeting (so that it is fresh in my mind) and not leaving enough time etc.

Garden – picking up slowly, although still trying to work out what is best to plant when you can’t plant out before June and it rains quite a lot (did I mention that?). Various runner beans/french beans in containers, some peas struggling along, and two raised beds that were going to be salad, and various root veg. Plans  kiboshed slightly by a dog who thought that it would be fun to jump in/on them… We’ve ‘inherited’ a beautiful garden at the Vicarage – having been city-dwellers for the last decade or so we’ve not really had the experience to know what to do with all the flowers that are in the beds here, so the first year has been a ‘watch,wait, perhaps prune’ approach. We’ll have to do something more this year.

Parish Magazine – I now edit the local parish magazine – childhood ambition now realised! I do enjoy a good parish magazine and it has been a good way to get to know a few more people locally.

Center Parcs – went on a short break with my sister and her family and discovered a) it has been a loooong time since I last rode a bike – but it is quite fun, and b) spas are actually quite nice.

Chutney-making in 2012-13 – nil.

Crochet in 2012-13 – not so much (I did finish the enormous blanket that I was making on the long drives to and from London/North East/Cumbria). It is now as long as our three/four seater summer, and 3 foot wide. Toasty….

Time to do some lovely Saturday admin now 😉





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