Category Archives: October 2007

Samhain

A quiet day, on the Ffarm as October draws to a close. I’d like to wish Pagans & Druids everywhere, a Happy New Year: for today is the Feast of Samhain (pronounced ‘sow-in’) which according to Celtic lore, represented the death … Continue reading

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N’ice Day Out

As Tony was still ploughing on with our first VAT return, I had to go to the Ice Cream Alliance’s Exhibition alone.  As this would be the only chance we’d get to visit the show, we decided I should go on my … Continue reading

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Sweet Scent of Jasmine

Alas, more sad news: Mum & Dad’s beloved little Birman cat, Jasmine, has finally curled up those pretty little snowshoe paws for the last time, having suffered a long illness which finally got the better  of her.  But she certainly lived a fine life, … Continue reading

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The Cup which Runneth Over

It’s not only summer’s lease, which hath all too short a date; time itself is fleeting, as we realised today. This is because we are already celebrating our second aniversary here at Ffarm Fach.  Despite my best intentions the clock did indeed … Continue reading

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For What We Are About To Receive…

Oh dearie me, what a horrible day – one for staying indoors & working hard on our first, dreaded VAT return (which is just as well, because that’s just what I did).  After a strangely quiescent start to the morning during … Continue reading

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Woolly Bullies

Tony was up & about at 0230 this morning, having to drive down to London for his Induction Day with the newly-merged airline.  His working day began at 0730 as there was much to cover; learning all the basics of … Continue reading

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Ewe-nanimous

Dawn’s dove-grey light presented a different prospect, to yesterday; the sun was sadly obscured by rippling waves of woolpack cloud, heralding a change for the worse in the weather. However, the rain held off at least for today, so the … Continue reading

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First Frost

As the sun crept over the woods in the first, flaxen flush of autumn dawn, the ghostly halflight revealed a river of mist snaking down the valley, the chill air taking my breath away as I opened the cottage door. The window … Continue reading

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Muck & Magic

Before dawn’s early pearlescence, I was up, about & with my arms elbow-deep in suds, in an attempt to conquer the weighty pile of washing up before anyone else emerged from the arms of Morpheus.  Michelle joined me for an early morning … Continue reading

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Out & About

I rose extremely early,  aware that we had a busy but pleasurably different day ahead.  I checked on the batch of chevre I’d made, which was draining nicely & set to work giving the house a quick but thorough clean after walking the dog.   Then … Continue reading

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