Category Archives: January 2008

Raising the Roof

Oh Lawdy, there were yet more terrible gales during the night; with winds gusting in excess of 70mph which even shook the 3ft-thick walls of our sturdy cottage & rattled the slates like a frenzied Patrick Moore playing the xylophone.  It … Continue reading

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Many Unhappy Returns

 Today is the last day to post tax returns to make HM Revenue & Customs’ deadline – so it was a race against time to get our quarterly VAT return to the village Post Office (as we run a VAT-regisitered business … Continue reading

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Outfoxed

Dammit. Sad, sad news; I believe I’ve now uncovered the fate of our poor little hen, who went missing recently; as I witnessed what was most likely a repeat performance of the sorry show this afternoon.  I was just checking … Continue reading

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Driven (Batty) by Design

On exiting the cottage in dawn’s dusky light this morning, I was surprised to hear an irascible squeaking from beneath the barge boards overhead.  Whatever or should I say, whoever was making the noise, they clearly did not like being … Continue reading

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Tax ‘Break’….?!

Another busy day, filled with the usual trials, tribulations & eventful events.  After sleeping for much of the morning being tired from his travelling travails yesterday, Tony spent most of the afternoon in the lambing shed, shoring up the mesh walls of the old … Continue reading

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Croaked!

Thankfully the weather has remained dry with a light breeze; & even better, Pete has been here for much of the day to catch up with the groundworks for our Dairy Complex (the whole thing is turning out to be … Continue reading

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A Saintly Burns Night

Today (or should I say, this evening) is Burns Night, when Scots all over the world will have been celebrating the annual Burns Supper, a tradition commemorating their best-loved bard which has been upheld for over 200 years.  And when Burns immortalised … Continue reading

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Wizard Welsh

Another Thursday, another Welsh lesson…. & today’s was very good indeed.  I’d spent the previous evening whizzing through the homework which proved an excellent precursor to the lesson, during which we built on our basic grammar.  We left the class … Continue reading

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Torchwood…..?!

Once again, the weather was unremittingly foul – even dear Mrs Roberta-Goose proved reluctant to come out of her snug nest today,  although I did wonder whether she’s perhaps gearing to start her annual egg laying again?  Meanwhile I resisted the temptation … Continue reading

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Life’s Little Gambles

Tony set off at the brain-crunchingly early time of 0130 am, for a day’s standby at London’s Heathrow airport; but shortly after reporting for duty ended up flying to Edinburgh & back with what must be a record time to turn round an … Continue reading

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