The shepherd lied :-(
When the daylight slipped down over the hills opposite last night, the red hue that it took with it gave me hope for a lovely morning today. We woke to darkness at 7am and as the light gained ownership of the day it did so in such a grey dreary manner it might as well not have bothered.
I went over to chicken world to let the chooks out from the warmth of the henhouse, they weren't impressed with the day they saw when the first few brave souls peered through the doorway and stepped out onto the ramp. With a shake of indignant feathers they trotted over to the feeders to fill their tummies and try to make the best of this grey day that Mum seemed to have lined up for them.
The dogs eagerly ran round the paddock as usual after their breakfast, but Suky's heart is never in it when her little feet get wet, even less so if the long grasses dare to brush against her bare tummy, although there had been no rain over night the grass and indeed the world felt as wet as if there had been. Suky trotted along in my tracks grateful for trodden down grass and a path she could follow with her head down against a dismal day.
Me, well I was going to make some Fig and Onion Chutney today. Lovely Hubby loves figs, although I cannot stand the texture of them, to me they are a sweet version of the slimy texture that is a mushroom and although I keep trying to find a mushroom recipe that I can tolerate because they say if you try something over and over you will eventually learn to like it, whoever they are I've stopped believing them!!
I have the figs, although our fig trees are mere babies and have the tiniest of fruits on them and we will not get to eat these until next year, if rodent, rabbit and bird decided to leave them in place over the Winter that is, the figs I do have were bought as a supermarket 'yellow stickered' bargain over the weekend. Yesterday I delved into the cupboard to get some onions out ... there were none there!! I remembered I had put some in the fridge ... nope only one solitary onion gazed back at me when I pulled out the vegetable drawer :-(
This mass production of chutneys and jams has depleted my stores of ingredients.
So now I am sat here with a warming cup of coffee and a slice of hot buttered toast, because after the chilly damp walk around the paddock a Nutriblast just would not have cut the mustard this morning, wondering if I should get changed and go shopping or just give up on the whole Fig and Onion chutney thing. One more cup of coffee and I'll make up my mind, there are blogs to read and hands to warm so for now at least I think that is the best idea I have had today.
And as for the shepherds ... they better keep out of my way ... lying little toe-rags ;-)