Today was my wonderful husband’s ’21st’ birthday (again!!);
thanks to all for their warm greetings in wishing him a Very Happy Birthday (or ‘Penblywydd Hapus’, in Welsh).
He was absent for much of the day, flying; whilst I tackled the annual income tax returns (due on 31st January, ooerr), bundled everything together & delivered it all to our accountant.
In between wrestling with frustrating paperwork I put a new toy into the goat kids’ Playpen: a small cable reel, which the girls absolutely loved; playing ‘King of the Castle’ by leaping on & off it whilst anyone who wasn’t Top Goat ran round & round the pen, leaping, twisting & bucking in delight. I could easily have watched them for hours; but alas, there was work to be done…..with Lloyd hard at work trimming some of the the hedgerows, taking advantage of the frost-hardened ground to help keep the farm neat & tidy (we never have all of them done simultaneously in order to provide food & shelter for the rich diversity of wild birds & animals who share the farm with us).
To save money, fuel & the environment I always try to combine journeys & so was out for much of the afternoon running errands. I was surprised to find that the light dusting of snow visible on the Frenni Mountains – like icing sugar on Tony’s birthday cake – had fallen more widely than expected. Only a few grains of snow had dusted our farmyard; but towards the top of the hill on the Northeast-facing slopes there was a distinct covering; & the full glory of the Long Mountain & Mynydd Bach in the Preselis was revealed in a blanket of glittering white. Even the ponies were high-spirited in the frozen air, frisking around the field with tails aloft & nostrils snorting; prancing, dancing, bucking & rearing as they chased each other in play. And at suppertime, all the animals were certainly glad of the warming sugar beet ‘porridge’ mixed in with their concentrates.
So, especially for Tony on his birthday, here’s a picture from our St David’s Day wedding breakfast of his little snowman (for those who don’t know the story, we fell in love whilst building a snowman for RAF Lyneham’s Winter Ball). Incidentally I think it was jolly decent of Barack Obama to arrange to be inaugurated today to make Tony’s day even more memorable….what a lovely gesture!