Sunday, 31 December 2017
It's been a good year overall,. we've done lots, achieved quite a bit and moved our lives forward in the way we hoped to. I'm not going to go on and on but will leave you with a mostly pictorial post summing up our year.
I started the year participating in Veganuary .... and stayed vegan :-)
I also stopped blogging, well on here anyway.
Even with no blog posts to compose, February saw us carrying on as usual, very home based and emerging from Winter in a good position, with stores from preserved Summer crops still feeding us nicely.
And with March's arrival back came the urge to post once more about our activities and Our New Life in the Country sprung back into life.
In April the chooks were on the hillside, enjoying early sunshine and the first flush of Spring.
In May we snuck off to the Cotswolds and stayed in the delightful Spring Cottage. We visited The Black Country Living Museum for the first time during our stay over the border in mid-England.
In June car boot season was upon us and I started sorting through the house for things we no longer needed and also planting to sell. Splitting houseplants and sowing extra seeds in the polytunnel of annuals and perennials for re-sale.
July saw us with new hens over in Chicken World, the first four arrived at the start of the month and another four later on, known forever more as 'the green girls' and 'the blue girls' after the colour of the bands on their legs.
August was Show month ... we had a great day out at Trelawnyd, meeting a couple of my lovely readers ...
... and then two weeks later I had a very successful run with my homegrown and homemade wares at the Llanrwst Show.
In September Ethel came into our lives, wandering in off the main road and following Alan into our paddock. We got vets and farmers advice and treated her wounds, meaning for one weekend at least, she was 'the best dressed sheep in North Wales'.
She is currently off with the tup ... and some of Will's sheep ... on fresh grazing, and after being scanned to she if she is in-lamb will be coming back to us in the next few weeks. If she has not managed to get pregnant and provide her own company for the future, the plan is to see if we can get a couple of lambs of our own to join her on our hillside later in the Spring.
October was all about books.
I had managed to sell enough over the course of car boot season to completely empty one bookcase, so all the other books were re-organised and checked. I'm sure a few more will go during 2018 ... well they have to, to make room for the new books I've bought recently ;-)
In November we re-decorated ...
... and restyled the living room.
And here we are on the last day of December. This month our world turned white.
We used some of our Christmas money to re-visit The Black Country Living Museum to have a weekend away for ourselves, and to pickup some inspiration for next years Challenge.
Our egg sales are so successful we now sell out on a regular basis.
We hung our stockings and had a very merry Christmas.
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So it's goodbye for now from Our New Life in the Country ...
.... which after all is not so new after nine years ;-)
Happy New Year
from Sue and Alan xx
Saturday, 30 December 2017
Suky loves a good bath, although we don't do it too often as she takes a long time to dry and is not fond of being damp for long periods.
A good scrub behind her ears is her favourite bit.
Poor little soggy doggy.
Mavis had already had hers and was busy in front of a roaring fire sorting out her feet, and making sure that Dad had rearranged her beard and eyebrows to her satisfaction.
Thursday, 28 December 2017
It's almost over for another year, I couldn't resist taking this photo of part of todays washing!!
Once dry the Christmas T shirts will be packed away for next year.
The contents of my advent calender are now all in the makeup bag that was the final gift on Christmas morning.
The empty calender is being saved for me to use next year for Alan. I will keep my eyes open for little gifts to put into the boxes over the coming year, and hopefully M&S will do the same again next year so I can have another one too, as I absolutely loved this.
My favourite gift on Christmas morning was a box made up for us by my older son, which as well as containing yummy things to eat and brilliant items for daily use, included things from my childhood, that had been discovered tucked away in my ex's house and passed on to Simon for giving to me ... saving it for Christmas was a brilliant idea ... it made my day.
Christmas lunch was a quiet affair, cooked together after our daily chores had been completed, and tucked into on our new little table, with Christmas songs playing in the background and the sound of the dogs chewing on new Christmas bones at our feet.
The most successful show of the holiday break was 'Snow Bears'. The dogs absorbed every minute of the tale of a mummy polar bear trekking across the ice with her twin cubs.
A full hour passed of doggy silence and concentration as the adventures unfolded.
We had quite a television based Christmas this year with the bad weather outside meaning chores were done as quickly as possible and doggies walked as and when we could, but luckily it's been quite good on the old box and I've been drinking in every detail of the BBC adaptation of Little Women which unfortunately finishes tonight.
Our Christmas isn't completely over yet though, as my youngest son is coming for a quick overnight visit between shifts from work this weekend. As an emergency services worker, his Christmas dinner on the actual day was a hastily grabbed and very solitary bowl of pasta, so I think an action replay of our dinner would be a grand way to end our festive celebrations.
I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Christmas, and can I just say a massive thank you for all the Christmas wishes on the comments on the last post. It was so lovely to hear from so many people all over the world.
Saturday, 23 December 2017
It's a very Merry Christmas from ... Ginger.
... from Mavis
and from Suky
Ginger proving he can still eat his dinner even while wearing a Santa hat.
The chickens have been a victim of their own success.
Egg sales have been fantastic and we are wiped out for Christmas, so it's time to shut up shop for a couple of days and build up some supplies again, and talking about shutting up shop ... I'll be back blogging in a few days too.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas
Sue and Alan
Suky, Mavis and Ginger
Jack and his ladies. xx
"Can I take these off now please?"
Friday, 22 December 2017
Come on in ... if you'd arrived ten minutes later the fairy lights would have been twinkling.
Christmas has arrived at ours!!
There are goodies in the cupboard ...
.. the contents of the hamper too.
There is food in the fridge ....
... my favourite 'fridge foods' at Christmas are the cold, cold tangerines, we keep the bowl topped up as much as we can.
Tinsel has been draped ...
... but sadly the snow has gone.
Never mind there is a stack of Christmas Dvds to watch ...
... now that we've finished filling stockings ...
... and have posted off gifts to grandchildren.
Would you like a glass of something alcoholic and very tasty ...
... or perhaps you have time to wait for the last batch of mince pies to be made.
You're off, oh well it was lovely to see you ...
... close the gate on your way out.
After you've said goodbye to the festive piggies of course.
Back tomorrow with more festive photos :-)