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.