It's sort of goodbye to the tractor, we won't be needing it in Wales, it's too big for the amount of flattish land we have so we were going to put it on the market, or trade it in for a much smaller one, but then a few weeks ago our landlord stepped in and made us an offer for it and some of it's accessories which we accepted. It's good in that it does mean that we still have the use of it while we are here if we need it for loading anything.
We hadn't really thought about the fact that we didn't own it anymore until last night, when our landlord sent an email asking if his handyman/gardener could use it for a job on Saturday and we had to send a reply back saying 'no need to ask it's yours now', I don't think he'd remembered that he now owned it either !
So although we've said 'goodbye' to it, it's still sat outside the front door reminding us daily of all Lovely Hubby's hard work in his complete renovation of it. We got the animals to pose on it for posterity, some were more keen than others :-)
Suky sits shaking and terror struck, she has no head for heights and isn't a 'jumping down' sort of dog ...
... Rosy looks slightly worried ....
... then she decides getting off this is a doddle and makes a run for it.
In answer to some of the questions yesterday ...
To bottle my apples I merely stew them as usual and then pour into oven heated, sterilised jars and seal whilst still piping hot. As the apple cools a vacuum is formed and they will then keep indefinitely as all air has been excluded. I always keep an eye them though checking the jars that are left in the cupboard each time I take one out. If you use a couple of jars with recycled 'poppy out button' lids you will know if you have reached the required temperature and a vacuum has indeed been made as you will hear the 'pop'.
Is the truck full .....
Yes we are moving ourselves bit by bit, load by load. Using the back of the Mitsubishi on a weekly basis and towing a trailer load down whenever we have a bigger amount of stuff to take. I will post some photos of our trailers one day (when I have taken some) I did have some photos stored on the computer but we seem to have lost a few complete months worth of photos.
... not quite ... I can squeeze my ladder in ... look!!
Just when we though security might be an issue with all our abandoning of our house here at weekends it has all been solved in a very timely manner, the high fence between us and next door is no more, it is like living open plan with our neighbours. Luckily all the dogs get on well, but we do have to remember not to leave our back door open when walking over to feed the chickens, or we have little, and not so little visitors that finish off all the cat food!!
Seemingly they are having a wall built eventually, but in the meantime wanted to get rid of a broken and dangerous in places fence, it suits us very well, visibility to our property and a whole gang of guard dogs is more than we could have hoped for. Isn't it funny how things sometimes just all fall into place.
Simple September - Tops Tips #16
If you have things you love and are either having to get rid of them for space reasons, moving house or simply having a good declutter, take photographs of them for posterity. Think of the things you do already have photographs of, your wedding dress for instance, children wearing their first little dress or tiny shoes. As long as you have the photos to back up the memories do you need to keep the actual item in your closet or up in the loft taking up room.
Freeing your space frees your mind in the most amazing way.
If you have lots of little useless items that remind you of happy days or times, souvenirs, children's toys etc arrange them on a shelf or table and photograph them individually or as a group. Either print out and store the photos in an album or simply save them to your computer. If you decide to take this option save them also onto a memory stick or device so they are never deleted by accident.
If they are ..... it doesn't really matter, learn to live in the moment not in the past, it's invigorating.