Tues 4th December 2018

It didn’t take long for Ben to find the fun the elves had had. He carefully did his morning jobs around the mess, taking the cats’ food out to them, and when Charley woke up they emptied the dishwasher and put the coffee on together and then waited for Erika. Charley discovered the elves were…

Mon 3rd December 2018

I spent faaaar too long trying to arrange that blanket into a heart shaped nest 😂 Heart decorations for the tree (the elves had been cooking up a storm with the heart decorations – should’ve put them in the kitchen really, that can happen another day though…) and there’s a tree shaped cutter and a…

Sun 2nd December 2018

Completely appropriate use of tinsel and toilet paper. Piper and Luna are already trying to lead the new girl Lumi astray. As I’m a bit overwhelmingly underprepared this year I think the elves will be digging out a few bits of decorations for the tree each day as well as whatever else I can think…

Sat 1st December 2018

Late night panic last night because the mini tree had lost one of its legs and there’s no way I could risk bringing the proper advent calendars down (even if I had been organised enough to have bought mini chocolates to go in them) but at least I knew where the elves were! Tree wedged…

Do you elf-it?

We do. We’ve been elfing since Ben was 4 I think. The elves that visit each advent have become fast friends with the boys and even at 10 and 7 years old they have STILL been asking – no, telling me – that the elves will be visiting again this year. What I don’t do,…

Weds 7th Nov 2018

#weeklywednesdaysnapshot Since I last did a snapshot (I still need to upload a couple I actually managed to write as well) we’ve had 2 birthdays, 3 viruses, and a burnout relapse so rather than this quarter being a chance to recover and reset it’s become a bit of a survival period instead. There have been…

Sat 20th Oct 2018

Today has been Good. Work-wise I’ve harvested and cut back three of four pumpkin plants (the fourth, in the greenhouse frame, hasn’t started dying back at all yet and is clinging on to summer) and set the pumpkins out to cure in the porch, cut back some of the honeysuckle on the coldframe frame, cut…

MUSHROOMS

Just…. mushrooms. So many mushrooms. September has been Mushroom Month. It’s like we actually live in fairyland. So, a post dedicated to all the mushrooms I’ve spotted on our smallholding this month.

Happy place

Quite often we catch ourselves and have to wonder if we do actually live in fairyland here.

Thurs 30th August 2018

Today’s accidental gathering! Went out to look at the veg garden and ended up thinning the carrots and pulling a few stalks of wild onion (possibly allium canadense). Went out later on to smell the rain and regarded the tiny-plum tree and finally identified it as Purple Leaf Plum Tree which happens to have edible…