A quiet day on the Ffarm,
with the hatches well & truly battened down & the fire lit to keep out the inhospitable weather: wind, rain, rain & more wind. Thankfully the repair to the barn roof is holding although the hens are miserable as they don’t want to go out; but much of the poultry shed floor is awash with the deluge. Accordingly the hens retired to the tractor shed to dust bathe; making an even more cavernous hole in the floor. Remarkably even the geese did not want to go out & the ducks stayed tucked up in their snug little house; normally they spend their days splashing & playing in their pool so it just shows how miserable it is.
Meanwhile the horses tucked themselves below the hill & the wether sheep looked distinctly grumpy at the inclement conditions; whilst the goats bawled their protest at me that the west-facing door of their shed remained firmly shut all day to protect them from the driving rain.
Owing to the crash of the Boeing 777 at Heathrow yesterday, Tony’s inbound flight was severely delayed; eventually landing at around 4.30pm rather than the scheduled 1pm. He said it was a worrying sight & one he hoped never to see again; although thankfully by some miracle, everyone walked away & many of the passengers had not even realised there had been a crash until the oxygen masks came down. There has not been a grounding of the fleet even though initial findings have indicated there was a complete power failure to both engines; not a pleasant emergency to deal with by any means & only lucky it occurred where it did, on the approach; any earlier, & it would doubtless have been a very different & tragic tale.
On his way home Tony called in to visit friends Neil & Michelle; having not been able to see them over Christmas we wanted to deliver their belated presents. And we had a lovely surprise from them, as well – special 2008 calendars, consisting of photos of the farm taken during earlier visits to us. They’re all fantastic pictures, & there are some especially good shots of the goats; in particular, one of lovely little Aeronwy, posing cheekily for the camera: our original calendar girls!
So a BIG ‘Thank You’ to our friends for such an unusual & original gift – one which we’ll treasure well beyond 2008.