So, we are back here in this wonderful land. Severe weather and my succumbing to a short lived virus has meant our first few days have been fairly quiet. Just what was needed though, as the busyness of the last couple of weeks has begun to be replaced with a feeling of calm and serenity. As the days have progressed, so the strong winds outside have eased and we have slowly stirred from our nest to explore our new world again. First stop as always has to be the Stones.
James has enjoyed trying out his baking skills in his new kitchen - very delicious cinnamon, date and cranberry scones they were too.
And, of course, Robbie, the dog is with us this time. Getting over his infection - the good fresh air will see to that. James is delighted to be able to show his old friend his favourite sights.
Oh, and we have joined the Library - imagine having to walk that far though!
Finally, down to the Croft. We have a fair number of tumble down buildings on the land. Among other things there is an old lambing shed, a workshop and what was known as the Tup's house (a tup is a ram), but we think it will be rebuilt as a hen coop. Most exciting of all, is the barn. This was the original croft house - a tradtional but and ben - where the family lived in a room at one end, and the animals were housed at the other. Somehow I forgot to take a picture of the outside of the building, but the bottom row is just a few snaps from inside. Quite a few old tools have been left for us. Am I the only person who would get so excited at the sight of a bunch of old pitchforks and hay rakes? What about that huge ditching spade - isn't it wonderful? There are boxes and shelves full of treasures waiting to be discovered over the next few weeks and months. I am also thrilled by this fireplace - there are bars through the chimney, to smoke hams from and a chain hanging down for pots to boil over the peat fire. My mind is whirling with the possibilities for this old place.
I am so glad to be here again.
Thank you all so much for your good wishes - and for sharing the journey with us.