Hope you’re ok after your adventure in the Churchyard Judithl. Been a lovely day here, although I might as well have stayed in bed. I went out early for a pre walk walk and noticed some sheep outside the fence. Walked down to the farm to let them know thus making myself late for my official walk. After elongated official walk because of wet underfoot conditions I went to local store to pick up supplies of Bird Seed. No purse, due to sheep, but I did have my phone so could pay with Apple. However, this failed to work so my friend, the Vicar, paid. I now owe her £15. Bluddy technology 😀
Rested and fed now so all well. Happy March everyone
Just off to bed. Been knitting a very small jumper for a tiny bear whom a friend rescued from a charity shop. She doesn't knit so he's having a holiday with me. He told us his name is Snooker. Looks and feels much better after a bath and having his fur brushed.
Hope you all sleep comfortably - especially Judith.
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Good morning from cold and mostly sunny Oxfordshire.
Glad you're feeling better, Judith.
OH has taken YD into Oxford. All the students are giving presentations today. She had a minor wobble about it last night, but got over it. YD's never been one to stress too much about exams, unless she's hormonal. Guess what.
I'm about to go to Faringdon farmers' market. This afternoon I'll be baking refreshments for tonight's gardening club meeting. Our speaker will be talking about how our seasonal plants are grown and distributed to garden centres and stores.
At the bus stop I met a neighbour who was going to the medical centre. She's a member of the gardening club and is looking forward to having one of my coconut macaroons later. She told me some sad and shocking news though, about two people I know. There's one friend who comes to the cafe, and has been the carer for an extremely irascible and bossy husband. We all thought that he'd outlive her, because he's made her life a misery for a long time, though of course he couldn't help being ill in recent years. Anyway, he has died. She will be both devastated and relieved. The other person was a former member of our WI, who had been in hospital with depression, but had improved and come home. She had a heart attack in the middle of yesterday's monthly village lunch. Despite the defibrillator being used and a first responder arriving she couldn't be saved. That's four people I know who have died this year, and my neighbour says she knew seven people who are no longer with us since the autumn. What a winter!
The market was down to four stalls, but the plant stall will be back next month, and there are two new traders starting then. The traders are now running the market themselves because the couple who organised it and have run it for nineteen years have decided to retire.
OH was being helpful while I was out, and cleaned the cooker top and counters. Unfortunately he managed to break both my baster and the lid of the compost bin. I've just managed to knock a yogurt pot out of the fridge when I was getting some blueberries for the chickens. Of course it went all over the clean kitchen floor.
It's lunchtime now. Then I'll start baking for tonight's meeting.
Chicken report: three eggs, from Pearl, Griselda and Lilith.
It's quite easy to break a baster. The one we have now is our second, and has itself been repaired.
Sorry about more bad news, Cookie. One seems to go through phases like that.
I am going to try to get into the garden this afternoon to cut back some herbaceous stuff. All the hydrangeas - I have almost 20 of them - are breaking into leaf but it's too risky to trim them just yet. I usually do this in late April or early May when the danger of frost has passed. There was a frost this morning and we are threatened with more this week. The flowering currant has flowers showing already - most unusual.
I have managed 30 minutes in the garden clearing up dead vegetation. There are flowers emerging all over the garden. However, OH told me off for gardening when I'm still recovering from my fall, so I've been good and come back indoors. There's some skirt in the oven and I shall go and make pastry for a pie.