Category Archives: April 2008

On the Loss of a Friend

It’s been a horrible day. No; that doesn’t quite give due weight to my hand-wringing anxiety followed by the deep, deep sorrow that I have suffered during a few short, traumatic hours….. And I’m sure many people will sneer derisively, when they learn … Continue reading

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Fencing Foils

Sorry folks, just as yesterday wasn’t about things-tilling-soil so this too, isn’t a Clash of the (whippy-sworded Zorro) Titans; more “bah, foiled again”….or should that be, “baa”, actually…..?   Hmmmm. Frankly, the wethers are getting increasingly frustrating: whilst MacDougal behaves impeccably, … Continue reading

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Ploughing On

….& before I conjure up any misrepresented images of a pair of magnificent Shire horses & an honest yokel, can I just say that on this occasion (much as I wish I wasn’t) I’m talking about paperwork, not (alas) about … Continue reading

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I Don’t Like Mondays….

Hmmmmm…….now let me see: I thought I was a farmer.  Obviously not; I seem to spend more time doing office work these days, than anything else.  Of course, there’s still around eight hour’s worth of general chores to complete each … Continue reading

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Under the ‘Wether’

Ever had the feeling it’s going to be ‘one of those days’…..? Yup, it was. For a start the hens only laid two eggs – hardly inspiring – but at least the ducks cheered me up with a ‘full house’ … Continue reading

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Food, Glorious Food….?

As has been mentioned increasingly in the news of late, there’s a growing concern about the real possibility of a world food shortage.  Apart from noticing that the monthly grocery bill has starkly increased, the cost of feed for the animals … Continue reading

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Bright & Breezy

It was a zesty, largely pleasant day; a brisk breeze making it less warm as might be desired in the sunshine & still enduring a very occasional short, sharp cold shower; but by & large with a sky the soaring blue of a … Continue reading

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Hatches, Matches & Dispatches….

An up-&-down, busy sort of day….. ….which began abruptly, at a quarter past midnight when odd sounds emanated from the Baby Monitor – a goat was evidently in the process of kidding!  My first thought was that the only goat due … Continue reading

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Following the Wild Road

Milk-white, pure-thin light: I dreaded waking to this. Snow has come; an unsullied yet unwelcome, chilly guest.  Dawn hasn’t even broken; yet a milky, moon-frost halflight tries cold & hard to penetrate the heavy curtains. I rise with the rhythm of an uneasy … Continue reading

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Calm before the (Snow)Storm

The tranquility of a new dawn was rudely punctuated by an unfamiliar sound. Unwillingly surfacing from the semi-conscious enjoyment of my welcome breakfast of pleasure-domed, softly-boiled eggs, the vivifying crunch of crisp wholemeal toast & the strong, sensitising taste of a chilly morning’s finest-brewed Ceylon tea … Continue reading

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