Thursday, 21 January 2016

A Trip Down Memory Lane


A trip down memory lane.

Yesterday looking for the image of the 'Cowavan' to share on the post I went into my photo 'album' from 2010.  I found myself spending far too long browsing the pictures.  I think it was the sunshine, the fresh greenery and the idyllic pictures of our southern England farm.

Oh, how I'm missing some sunshine at the moment .... I bet a few of you are too so I'll share some of what I was looking at, all taken in June 2010 ... the year the chickens had two houses, well we had over 50 chickens!!


The year the veggie patch at the back of the house was lush and rampant.  We had huge crops of onions, carrots and all sorts of fresh foods to eat.


The year a certain little Rosy was almost one year old.


The pigs lived in the orchard.  This picture shows Betty, the Berkshire, with Lottie and Lulu the Large Blacks at the front of the shot.  In the distance you can just about make out Maud and Martha the Middle Whites.


And this lush area is my original polytunnel.

A trip down a very sunny and green memory lane.  Oh well time to pull on the wellies, trudge through the mud and clean out the henhouse, and I must of course remember that we had some of the deepest, slushiest mud when we lived there on Jointers Farm in Oxfordshire .... it wasn't all so idyllic, far from it!!

But on an icy cold January day it's nice to put on your rose tinted glasses for ten minutes :-)

Sue xx




22 comments:

  1. It is so lovely to look back at old photos of times gone by. I do the same with photos of our little home every now and again and often wonder how different thing will be in the coming years x x x

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  2. Lovely photos Sue, always nice to have them to look back on. Spring will be here before we know it... x

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  3. How lovely to catch a glimpse of a previous time for you. I always find January/February time very difficult for all sorts of reasons, so I can understand you taking a little time out in some sunnier memories :)

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  4. It's good to look back as long as you don't stare too hard!

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  5. What enchanting pictures. I love the one of the chickens-x-

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  6. I've been following your blog for a good couple of years now - but had never read right back to the start of it all. Yesterday I decided to start from the very beginning, reading every blog post and all the comments. Am currently only up to Sept 2009t - you're just about to get the pigs :) I have to say that Rosy was the cutest pup ever!

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    1. Oh gawd ... good luck, there's a lot of reading to do ... I have been known to ramble ;-)

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  7. Really lovely photo's - I, too, love the one of the chickens - looks so idyllic!! How long did you live on that farm? Regards, Louise S, Cheshire.

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    1. We were there for our first three years of country living. There'll be more about it all next week when it's our 7th 'country living' anniversary :-)

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  8. I think it's the memories that keep us going at this time of year. You certainly had a busy patch.

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  9. Nice cheery photographs. I need memories and rose tinted specs today Sue - here is is cold, dark, frosty, foggy = and any more horrible wintry adjectives you can think of.

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  10. I'm missing warmth (it's been freezing here for a week now) and light mornings. Am I the only one who thinks that the mornings are darker at this time of year? I feel as though I've got up in the middle of the night instead of the morning. Never mind, at least we know the days are only going to get longer from now on. Lovely photos.

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  11. It looks like it was a highly productive little enterprise!

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  12. The house and garden look idyllic. And the animals look content. But there was probably a great deal of good sweat and tears behind those photos.

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  13. It is lovely to go back down memory lane sometimes isn't it! xx

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  14. It's great to look at summer pictures and forget this awfully grey winter. Interesting pics Sue, your hen houses are delightful
    Gill

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  15. Thanks for the backward glimpses. I love the chickens and Rosy the pup. Cheers!

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  16. You do take evocative photos Sue! How different conditions are in Wales! No wonder you've been adapting as you go. I hope the weather lightens very soon - it is depressing, isn't it!

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  17. You named the piggies. I was just going to ask what happened to them and then realised. Oops.
    Pictures look lovely, very Darling Buds of May. Perfick. X

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    1. The pure bred piglets went to other breeders as they were all rare blood lines, the mixed breeds went to meat for our customers, the sows and boars went for breeding. The Large Blacks went as a complete breeding herd to The Netherlands, except for one pregnant sow who went to Jimmy's Farm to have her piglets. The Middle Whites went to a country house hotel in Oxfordshire as their resident breeding sows, now unfortunately they are all sausages, but they had a brilliant life there :-)

      Betty was the only one who we had in our freezer, she fed Lovely Hubby for a long time.

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