Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas – Nadolig Llawen!

Here’s wishing smallholders, farmers, cheesemakers, chefs, writers & readers everywhere – a peaceful, happy, enjoyable day.

Jo’s Christmas began at 04:30am – the very same time that poor Tony’s working day, was just ending; as he called to let me know he’s arrived safely although I gather it was a bit of a dash to get to Heathrow in time for his flight (still as he’s the pilot, it could hardly leave without him I suppose….!).

It was a lovely day: cold, but not desperately so; just brisk with lovely bright sunshine spilling over the wooded valley.  The goats enjoyed a day romping in the field at the edge of the wood, after they’d had their breakfast & been milked. 

Time to prepare Christmas Lunch No.2: today, I prepared a different smoked salmon mousse starter; followed by Mum & Dad’s favourite main course – a brace of roast pheasants, served with roast potatoes & all the trimmings.  For dessert we broke into our deliciously rich organic Christmas cake & a glass of pudding wine, followed by the highlight of the day – a ‘phone call from Tony, who was having an Italian meal with his crew in Aleppo & had (unusually for him) drowned his sorrows at being so far away from home, with copious amounts of wine & was already feeling the worse for wear.

So Dad & I then did the afternoon chores together – goats, geese, hens, ducks, sheep, & ponies; & Dad took Nanuk out for a nice walk whilst I cleaned out her run.  By now we were so fired with festive enthusiasm that we even restocked the hay store before going indoors for a glass of seasonal cheer, contenteded with a productive day & another delicious, mainly home-grown meal which had again travelled only food feet, rather than miles – all the more satisfying, for that!

Who needs overstuffing with too much rich food & copious amounts of alcohol, wallowing uncomfortably on the sofa & enduring endless repeats on TV, when they can spend such a rewarding & enjoyable alternative Christmas Day?  The pleasure of seeing our happy, healthy livestock romping in the frosty sunshine whilst we gently work off a hearty meal with a spot of companionably brisk exercise in the fresh air, was the second best gift I could have hoped for – & better still, I get to do it, every day!  The very best gift however, would be for Tony to be present (‘scuse the pun) to share the pleasure with us; as ever for us it seems at Christmas, we were destined to be far apart; & I missed him so very much. 

With very best wishes from Jo, Tony & all the menagerie here at LittleFfarm Dairy.


About LittleFfarm Dairy

The LittleFfarm Dairy Team: Jo - Goat farmer & Gelatiere Artigianale, plus General Dogsbody; Tony - Airline Pilot & part-time Herd Manager, Product Taster, Accounts Secretary, Handyman etc!
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4 Responses to Merry Christmas!

  1. MEJ says:

    We qualify for 5/6 (not writers)!! We wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas from our Icelandic sheep/Highland cattle farm in Missouri in the USA.

    I enjoy reading your blog very much. I would like to be among the first to wish you a very healthy and prosperous New Year.

  2. LittleFfarm Dairy says:

    Many thanks –

    & so glad you are enjoying the Blog. Hoping all’s well there in Missouri & that you too have a wonderful 2008. Looking forward to staying in touch across the miles, it’s always good to hear from fellow artisan producers determined to uphold the ‘small is beautiful’ principle!

    P.S. Highland cattle? You lucky things – love ’em, my favourite breed!

  3. holiblue says:

    Thank you Jo for the box of chocolates and a Happy 2008 to you all.
    When are the first young ones arriving? lambs? kids?

  4. LittleFfarm Dairy says:

    Our pleasure –

    Glad you got ’em, sorry I couldn’t call in to greet you in person but I was doing a frantic ’round robin’ before returning home to finish the chores & cook Mum & Dad their supper! I did pay you a visit the other week after the carol service; but you were busy.

    Lambs & kids? Ooerr, I’m hoping the sheep don’t surprise us like last year – but I bet they will! So lambs first, probably around the end of February; then the Hooligans & Milkforce are due to kid in March/April; with some additional ‘guests’ hopefully popping out their babies in May, once Merson’s done his stuff!

    Methinks we have a busy 2008 ahead… rest for the wicked, eh?! All offers of bottle-feeding assistance, gratefully received!

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