Wednesday, 31 October 2012

::: Soup Weather :::

It's cold outside but thankfully warm indoors.

Nothing better than making yummy soup to heat everyone up after a long day at work. 


Happy Halloween!

Monday, 29 October 2012

::: Tis the Season :::

It's still October I hear you say? 

Well, in our house over the past few weeks we've bought and wrapped everyone's presents and delivered most of them to their homes where they lay waiting to be placed under a tree in a few more weeks. 

There is only 8 more weekends before Christmas to do all of your shopping, it doesn't sound long when you put it like that I can tell you. 

Happy Christmas Shopping Season!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

::: New Chooks :::

Meet Saffron,

And Sage!

They arrived today and so far are holding their own against Sorrel and Spice. They are a little shy and muddy but they will soon settle down and make friends with the other two I hope.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

::: Floppy Ear :::

Charlie Brown has always had one floppy ear and one pointy ear, when he trots along in front of me I can see the left one flapping about whilst the other stays rigid.

How odd.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

::: My Water-Loving Pup :::

It's 100% Autumn now and Charlie has great fun catching the leaves as they fall to the Earth but what's (apparently) even better than the leaves is the streams and streams of water coming down this mountain we live on. 

He's a bit of a scaredy-cat when it comes to all four paws going into the water and having to swim but he loves watching the water go by taking the fallen leaves with it. 

And occasionally he will try to grab some of the leaves and twigs with as many paws on the solid ground as possible.

Monday, 22 October 2012

::: Apple & Cinnamon Cupcakes :::

I don't know why I had never tried apple and cinnamon together in a cupcake before but oh my, it's the best thing ever! The house smelt like Christmas and they don't take long to make at all. 

I thought they deserved some special decoration so I made them look like little apples. What do you think? 

Friday, 19 October 2012

{This Moment}

It's Autumn!

Inspired by Soulemama. A Friday ritual. A single photo capturing a moment from the week.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

::: Ellie :::

This walking, barking, munching, pee-ing fluff ball is Ellie. 

No, she is not ours but belongs to a friend. She is ten weeks old and the softest puppy I have ever felt with big pink paws and doggy-breath.

She is an Old English Sheepdog (Dulux Dog to some of you) and will grow quite big but for now she is a small ball of fun.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

::: Morning :::

The farmyard has woken me up by barking, crowing and mewing. All the pesky, noisy feather and fluff balls have been fed and tended to and I'm sitting in the dark on a cold Sunday morning listening to Steve press 'snooze' every five minutes on his alarm clock.

It feels officially like Autumn today. The loch is still, the leaves are brown and effortlessly falling to the earth, the birds are chirping and the sun is slowly rising from behind the mountains.

I can hear one of the rabbits drinking from it's water bottle, the ping of my email as I confirm details of cupcakes for someone's wedding and cars driving by faintly in the distance.

It's not long until Christmas, and for once I can't wait!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

::: Cows :::

It's a cold, dark and eerie day down at the barn in the rain today.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

::: 2012 Update :::

Well, it's Autumn and so much has been happening lately and not everything is happening in a good way.

We lost Cinnamon last week to some sort of bird of prey. I'm personally blaming the Osprey but Steve has been hearing owls hooting while out at night with the dog. Spice and Sorrel are somehow fine although Sorrel hasn't laid any eggs since it happened. We have two new chickens arriving soon to keep her company so fingers crossed we get some more eggs from her before the winter sets in.

Charlie Brown turned one year old (one already!) and is getting his winter coat coming through. He is as mad and barky as ever.

The rabbits and Lucky are all fine. There are some new cows in the barn which need introducing and perhaps a duck on her way to our little farm family too.

The first frost arrived this morning making everything look crisp and fresh. The ground is crunchy and deer are edging closer to the house everyday, much to Charlie's annoyance. The leaves are turning brown and starting to fall, again, keeping my pup amused.

I love this time of year!

 *If the video of Charlie's Mad Moment doesn't work you can watch it here.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

::: Chilled Out Bunny :::

Henrick has got to be my most chilled out bunny. 

The two girls will sit and let you stroke them and cut their claws but Henrick is relaxed on a whole another level. He's such a baby and loves the attention.