Our favourite guests are the ones that muck in with what we are doing, make themselves at home in our house, don't mind rumaging through cupboards to find themselves a snack, take over the washing up of pots after a lovely family meal, basically the sort that don't come to be waited on hand and foot. They come to see us, to see our home and our animals and to have a break from their normal lives. No one else in either of our families has land, chickens, geese and the sort of life that we lead. They all have busy lives but doing other things.
Mum and Dad always used to come and simply get stuck in whether it was with the chickens or the Rare Breed pigs we used to breed, nothing was too much trouble or a job they wouldn't try. Vast areas used to be weeded and watered by Mum, tomato plants would be brought under control and neatly strung by Dad, the patio would be weeded and ironing done, any job that they noticed needed doing would be done, and best of all not from a sense of duty but simply because they wanted to help. Lovely Hubby's Mum once spent half a day washing our whole potato crop as we dug them up because she wanted to see a job well done before she left for home.
It was and is always so very appreciated
This weekend Lovely Hubby's youngest sister is staying with us, and up to now she has done virtually all of the things listed above and she also got roped in with raking up vast quantities of leaves for my huge leaf mulch basket,
painting the Man Shed with her big brother ...
..and being checked out on a regular basis by the Geese who always need to know that strange folk on the farm are indeed friendly. Living simply means that when there are jobs to be done we, and whoever is here with us, simply get on and do them.
The dogs and cats love her to bits and she is usually to be found after a hard days labour sitting on the sofa, wine glass in hand and a lap full of warm snoring little furry friends.
It's been a good weekend up to now, how's yours going?