Goodness, another hectic day.
I was up well before the dawning of the new day to do some emailing & Blog updating; then the fun began with undertaking a thorough clean & tidy of the house in preparation for Mum & Dad’s impending visit, including a major decluttering to ensure as much as possible would be out of harm’s way, as Mum has sadly lost her sight over the past year.
Tony did the majority of the chores outside around the farm although I fed & let out the poultry; & we both gathered around the Ark to witness the emergence of Myrddin, our new Welsummer boy who arrived yesterday. We decided to keep them within the confines of the run below the henhouse for today at least, in order to allow him a bit of familiarisation time. The girls initially picked a bit of a squabble with him, but he soon showed them who was Boss – & it wasn’t Harebell or Mrs Hitler!
Tony did some work in the haybarn while I cleaned out the cold store; then a neighbour called, worried about one of his ewes, who appeared disorientated & unsteady on her feet. Mum & Dad subsequently arrived at dusk so after a heartwarming glass of mulled wine we helped Mum to orientate herself around the house, after which we tucked into a hearty supper.
I served Mum’s favourite starter of Coquille St Jacques: a scallop shell filled with sweet scallops & coldwater prawns, surrounded by creamed potato with herbs which I then topped with a rich white wine sauce & finished with a scattering of Parmesan Reggiano & a little parsley. Last year I’d served them in several shells as smaller coquillettes; however, as Mum now finds it a little tricky to locate her food I didn’t want dish up anything too fiddly. That sturdy staple, thick-crusted Cornish pasties, followed; with a lovely light homemade ice cream (of course!) for dessert, whilst whipping up a fresh custard for a new flavour.
As by now we were all quite tired, we retired for the evening after Tony & I tackled the endless round of the festive season’s sinkfuls of dirty dishes. Thank goodness, at least, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be a white Christmas!