Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Around the croft

We've been home for a couple of weeks now - so lots of catching up to do on the work we have missed. Lambing has begun - late, I know, but we knew we were going away, so planned the tupping accordingly. I noticed on Monday evening that one of the ewes had not come for her evening feed, so took a wee wander down the croft to find her just licking off the second of her newly born twins. They are a lovely wee pair - brother and sister, and are doing well. The rest of the lambing will hopefully go as smoothly.

When we were away, our crazy broody hen finally managed to hatch and rear a chick - just one from seven or eight eggs she had been sitting on, but still. It's fun to watch the two of them bustling around, and see the chick learn how to forage and scratch by watching it's mother.

I had put off sowing any seeds until after the trip, but a welcome spell of sunny weather has encouraged some record germination. Already there are several trays of seedlings in the polytunnel. I couldn't resist some good looking trays of calabrese and cauliflower plants from a local grower too, so these should give me a head start. I'm aiming to try out a hot bed for some of the outdoor sowings too, so I'll let you know how that goes.

The flowers are blooming - bulbs and primroses popping up everywhere, and the bluebells are budding, but this beautiful tulip is growing in James's garden, so full credit to him for that.

So much to do as the days get busier. Unfortunately, John has had a lot of back pain, which he is having investigated, so it has curtailed his activities quite a bit - and mine to in a way. We are getting by, though, and there is plenty of help we can call on if we need to.

Anyway - life is still good, and we have many blessings to count. Saying that - its probably time to walk down and see if there are any more lambs in the field. xx

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Holiday Postcards 10

Leaving one city view for another. A quick stop in Edinburgh - meeting up with family - precious times.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

April in Paris...

Packing two full days of Paris into a single post, so a lot of pictures to show. We loved every minute of this wonderful city - what more is there to say? xx

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Holiday Postcards 7

A room with a view, near the Eiffel Tower, Paris. Of course we had to go straight there and admire this awesome structure. Back down and a classic steak frites in a pavement restaurant, then sitting watching the city lights from our hotel room. xx

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Holiday Postcards 6

I'm squeezing in a run of holiday postcards over the next few days, as the broadband connection wasn't fast enough to download photographs.These are from our last two days in Switzerland.
Thermal spas, fondues, glacial streams, a chilled glass at sunset, farewell to the Lake. 
Back to Basel, goodbye to family, and on to the super fast train to our next destination.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Holiday Postcards 5

A day round the lake - boats, pretty villages, evening fires on the beach, and twinkling lights around the shore xx

Friday, April 4, 2014

Holiday Postcards 4

Change of scenery: driving down to Lake Geneva for the weekend. Passing through Montreaux to a lovely wee village, bisected by the Swiss/French border, surrounded by The Alps xx


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