Friday, 8 January 2010

eight squishy bananas and rub-a-dub-dub

Ma dug herself out this morning and made a cautious trip to the village three miles away to buy animal feed and some shopping. She then came up the main road, cautiously turned off through our little village and met B at the bottom of our drive with some bits for us. So we are now pretty much okay if we have any more snow. There are showers forecast on Sunday and Monday, so we will see.

We can't get the car out - not without digging between eight inches and a foot of snow off the quarter mile of drive. Yesterday we went for a walk in the morning - the snow was beautiful in the sun and Leo was delighted with it. He is frightened to walk on his own in the snow - not surprising because it comes up to his knees - so it's a bit tiring for everyone. He and B made a snowman and a snow Thomas, not much hampered by that, though.

This afternoon - looking for Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub online to download for Leo, who had been running round yelling it for hours.

Now - warm banana muffins and a glass of red wine. And an early night, I think.

And that is all.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010


In the spirit of Not Being An Old Person, I have signed up for Twitter. Only I am not entirely sure what it is FOR. Am I am supposed to 'twit' every ten minutes with a status report? Or my innermost thoughts? Or what? What is the POINT of it?

We are snowed in today. We have plenty of food, lots of logs and have been building snowmen (B and Leo) and curled up by the fire (me and Nenna, mostly). Also, B has started using his crumpet rings. Apparently they need to be well greased, with caused us some hilarity - being a bit snow-stir-crazy has set in already. I could never be a Finn, I'd be mad by midwinter.

Ma has moved the hens in to one of the big greenhouses and we are wondering whether it will collapse on them under the weight of the snow on the roof; Ma says that both she, and the greenhouses, are too elderly for brushing the snow off the roof.

In other news, erm, well. That's it, really.

Saturday, 2 January 2010


Today, I am mostly attempting to do a clean install of the 64-bit version of Ubuntu on my laptop, finally getting rid of Windows for ever. I have been running a 32-bit version of Ubuntu alongside Windows XP for eighteen months or so and have gradually been using Windows less and less; so it just seemed time to let it go completely.


There is a file error in the boot-CD I burned and it will only run in a temporary fashion off the disk, ie, not install itself on the hard-drive. So I am re-downloading the .iso file on B's machine, swearing under my breath at myself for not bothering to check the disk for errors before I deleted all the old files off my own machine.


I am still tiring quite easily, presumably because of the Christmas Eve shennanigins; but yesterday B and Bring Me Sunshine, who is visiting for a few days, helped me to clean out the hens and generally jiggle with Poultry Accommodation and (I think) a good day was had by all. This morning I managed to get out and let the hens out myself for the first time for about a fortnight - B and Ma and Sister Natalie have been doing it for me - and it felt really good, even if I have spent the rest of the day being knackered.

Tomorrow I need to slaughter three full sized cockerels that are giving the hens a hard time; and four little ones that aren't worth fattening for the pot.

And for today, that is all.

Friday, 1 January 2010

happy new year

New Year came in with a pop rather than a bang around here - apart from the carillon of church bells from fifty yards away, which was lovely, if rather loud.

Today we are going to Ma's for lunch, after a walk on the hill - babies permitting, as one of them has fallen asleep already and we are going to have to wait until she wakes up. It is a lovely, bright day here - a very welcome start to 2010.

I hope that it brings you and yours all that you might wish for.