Thursday, 26 February 2009
He can sleep for England and he sleeps wherever he lands, literally plonking himself down and after a quick wash starts snoring. He spends some days fast asleep on top of the kitchen cupboards, others on the best chair in the house, sometimes , like a normal cat he will fall asleep in front of the fire, he sleeps in any cupboard that happens to be open, in the pans or just on the pans, on the ironing or under the ironing. He loves company, of animals or humans and is the friendliest little scamp imaginable. But cross him or hurt him and he has CLAWS....the sharpest of claws....and he knows how to use them!!
Cat in a box. (And I ordered a sewing machine!!) Open a cupboard or unpack a box and Archie is there, waiting to see if he can fit and if you will let him, if you won't he sulks, like Kevin the Teenager, but only until the next opportunity. He loves living in the new house, he plays with Sophie in the house and visits Toby in the barn. He catches mice and birds and brings me the poor little bodies to stock the larder!!
He even has his own blog.....you can visit him at http://uk.blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-RdIuqbsibqMG5oLWnW6ERMsu;_ylt=AvU67gbtNx9D1c_wHOK1OUw8FOJ3 It charts (in his own words) his life with us. He was supposed to be my shop cat, but you can imagine with his unique ways that didn't go to plan. He caused havoc and destruction and even got himself stuck in the understairs cupboard at the shop!! He is much more suited to life on the farm, he has the room he needs to roam, the things he needs to nurture his inquisitiveness, and the company and the solitude when he needs it.
God help us when we get the chickens!!
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Leaping for sticks in the snow.
Sophie in the snow.
Crashed out after chasing sticks.
We forget sometimes (and so does she) that she is quite an old lady and slighty out of condition after living in town for so long, and after a day spent outdoors fetching sticks for the log piles, rooting out moles and generally running about here there and everywhere she crashes.....big style, she lies on her mat behind the sofa and snores for England, dreaming and twitching and living the exciting events of the day all over again.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Toby walking me home.
He seems healthy and happy so who am I to complain. I visit him in 'his place' at least once a day. Sometimes he follows me to the door of the house and then turns and goes back to his patch, sometimes I find Archie playing there with him when I visit, so he is not lonely. I think I miss him more than he misses me.
The master of all he surveys.
Monday, 23 February 2009
Hubby worked like a Trooper (and swore like one on occasion!). Jason pulled, dug and shredded for all he was worth, aided and abetted by Sophie the Collie.
I meanwhile was on my hands and knees pulling out the vast assortment of weeds that had taken up residence around the walls of the house. Horrible prickly things that worked their way through my gloves and stuck all over me. The wretched things were evicted and tipped into the compost bin, the stones were swept back into the border that runs against the side of the house and then the more pleasurable job of planting up some tubs could commence.
The front door - before
A mini Stonehenge was discovered in all the undergrowth! We are going to save all these lovely original old decorative stones to place in a border around the big pond. They should all have a circular stone that sits on top but up to now we haven't found them. We live in hope!
Towards the end of the day a very tired but happy Hubby suggested a bonfire to clear the area, we quickly assembled it and the enjoyable task of burning all the dead wood and weeds was begun. We did save all the good logs (especially the old apple wood) for the house fire. To say it started as large would be an understatement, we lit the fire at about 3pm and on looking out the window when I went up to bed at 11.30pm the embers were still casting a eiry glow across the field.
It was a happy weekend with lots achieved, lots of laughs, and the difference that we can see today is truly amazing. We finished the weekend off with lovely hot bubbly baths and a tasty roast chicken, cooked in the Aga surrounded by vegetables, while we soaked. We watched 'Lost' on TV and went to bed chilled and happy (and aching in muscles we didn't even know we had).
The back door of the farmhouse - welcoming at last.
Hope your weekend was as enjoyable and as productive, if not - there's always next weekend!!
Friday, 20 February 2009
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Slowly but surely, in lots of little ways, this house is starting to feel like home. Pictures are being hung on the walls. A home is being found for most of the things being unpacked and we are starting to remember where things go.
A huge breakthrough last night was the big pine wardrobe which is to the be main storage for my business was finally assembled and put in place in my new workroom. Now I can begin to sort through my stock and prepare for the forthcoming Farmers Market. And even more importantly I can begin to assemble the core stock for my website 'Lavender's Blue 2' currently under construction.
The house will be used to as a backdrop for all the photos of stock, so obviously this has had to be put on hold until we had some photogenic corners, but we are almost there. Today we will be finishing off in the main bedroom and doing a spot of weed pulling in the orchard. But in every spare moment I will be tweaking our little finished areas until they are 'just right'.
Have a good day.
Monday, 16 February 2009
A small selection of our trees in buckets (yes I know......they look like sticks).Back to life...back to reality! Sue xx
Thursday, 12 February 2009