Our little bit of the world is magical at the moment.
The heavy frosts of each day that don't have time to melt before the temperature plummets again for nightfall mean that layer upon layer of wonderfully sparkly frost is building up on the bushes and trees.
Yesterday the sun didn't show it's face at all and the heavy freezing mist hid the beauty of the day except for a brief glimpse during the afternoon. When Lovely Hubby drove back onto the farm at the end of his working day the magic was illuminated in his headlights and he came in with a lovely big grin on his face.
Our very own Winter Wonderland.
It's not so good first thing when I make a mad dash to open up the henhouses and the Goose Hoose taking with me warm water for them to drink while I clean out the houses, a quick nip over early afternoon with a bowl of corn for them using the then empty bowl for me to collect the eggs, of which we are getting lots at the moment. The chickens prefer this cold snap to the recent wet weather, and the extra food they eat to keep themselves warm usually means good laying. In wet weather they huddle together in and under the houses, dashing over for food only when they are really hungry, so their little bodies go slow and produce less eggs.
The magic of frost all over the electric fencing this morning.
I dash over even faster, wrapped up in many layers at dusk to close up the houses and lead the Geese to their own Hoose, they stand guard at the henhouse until I get there. By torchlight we wander to the Goose Hoose, Larry and Mo go in by themselves, trotting up the ramp with much honking and complaint but Harry likes me to pick her up ,and after a quick cuddle she is popped in to join her sisters, cosying down in the deep bedding for another night of darkness cuddled together.
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While the cold world outside does it's thing and the chickens go about daily life I have been taking time indoors this week to sort through my accumulated clothes.
And boy have they accumulated .... again!!
Finding out about Project 333 (see yesterdays post for more information), and making the decision to join in has come just at the right for me. Next year is to be our Year of Less, and sorting out the wardrobes and drawers is an excellent place to start.
My first task was to completely empty ALL the wardrobes, cupboards, and drawers that contained my stuff, the only thing left untouched,for now, is my suitcase of Summer clothes, that will be tackled in three months time when the cycle starts again.
With everything out the wardrobes and drawers were wiped out and freshened up and then came the mammoth task of looking at everything.
As I had a couple of interuptions, and obviously had to clear the bed ready for sleeping in, I completely ran out of time to finish the task in hand. But I made a really good start.
Piles were made ....
.. and clothes hung in sections.
A drawer of jumpers was suddenly remembered and quickly closed, that will be tackled today
Some things completely forgotten about were rediscovered hidden at the bottom of the sock drawer!!
Including these lovely warm beauties that I got from Frugal Mummy over at My Beautiful Life earlier this year. Now in pride of place at the top of the sock drawer.
A small selection of things went into the 'Going' pile with no hesitation whatsoever, then the rest of the 'Maybees' were hung back in the wardrobe and some piles placed on the spare bed restoring our bedroom to the usual peaceful haven Lovely Hubby sees when he gets home from work.
Today will see me going through these again choosing my 33 items that will then be hung neatly in my wardrobes. Already just starting this process has made me feel good, I can see light at the end of a 'clutter tunnel' and it's looking bright.
Now off to get stuck in. Have you ever done something similar?