Monday, 5 December 2016

Well Neville and Nancy elf have been up to mischief.  The kids found them on top of a cabinet in the room, then under a blanket to get warm and this morning it looks like they had helped themselves to a cuppa during the night!  The sheer cheek ;)
Neville and Nancy Elf.
We're flying through December already.  The daily tasks are coming thick and fast and we haven't had time to do them all as that's what life is like, right?  So we have the ones we haven't still stuck on the fridge ready to do when the weather and moment calls for it.

Tonight however the star said to "Celebrate Christmas past" so we set about looking at photos from when the kids were young and laughing at how much we have all changed over the years, seeing those who are no longer with us and remembering them fondly, both animal and human.

The reverse advent box has the following items in:  corned beef tin, cannellini beans, baked beans, bottle of orange and dried pasta (I'm slightly concerned that you need to cook this so it may be substituted depending where it ends up).  I'm looking forward to taking this to somewhere/someone in need. 

In smallholding news, the sheep (and geese and hens) have got the hang of the new galvanised trough.  Bottoms up.  Well, it is nearly Christmas.
Mr mole is still giving us mole hills but he hasn't moved away from the area yet, so were still ok.

At the weekend, Ste and I slept well.  Why?  Because we shovelled 37 barrows of muck into the newly built veg bed.  Plus I did another 7 into the other veg area.  Of course Ste did the filling, I just wheeled!  So really I shouldn't be aching as much, but I am!
before
after
It was very frosty here this morning meaning the tap we use to fill the animal water was frozen, as was the one on the house wall (this one didn't freeze previously). 
Tonight is very cold again, so I've made sure all of the buckets are full to the brim and a spare bucket is full ready for topping up any that need it in the morning.  The horses drink during the night, so it will be them that need it.  The poultry I can do from the house if I have to.  It's a nice feeling knowing we're getting everything ready for the weather to come.  I feel prepared.



Can you spot the ducks?


 
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3 comments:

  1. Ha ha...buckets freeze too! Sometimes even with mice in...how do I know this...well........******!!**! So pleased you have mischievous elves not gnomes....I can't 'do' gnomes or clowns.

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  2. I like the reverse advent calendar,I am doing one to take to the food bank collction, we have IBC tanks set up for water, the taps have never frozen on them. I drain them down to 3/4 so there is room for frozen expansion dont want any split tanks.

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  3. Loving the items in your reverse calendar. Great star activity, too. Sorry for the short comment but gone 12 already and stuff to do but only managed Aber for the dentist and a lovely chat with Dawn so far today!x

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