Greetings, villagers, from cool and cloudy Oxfordshire.
I rang my sister yesterday evening to wish her as happy a birthday as possible. She is quarantining after one of her sons (and I found out, his girlfriend) tested positive for Covid-19. She had opened the bottle of Cornish gin she had brought back from holiday and was on her third glass of G&T. She is not a great drinker and will have slept well last night!
OH is cleaning the Eglu.
I'll be sorting out the fridges in a bit. There's a lot of food from yesterday's farmers' market that needs to be dealt with, and an order has arrived today. I'm going to make a roast dinner today rather than tomorrow because we are having a Facetime at 6pm tomorrow. It's CK6's second birthday on Monday and his party is tomorrow so the whole family will be together.
Chicken report: two eggs, from Dottie and Lilith. It looks like Lottie and Dottie are starting to moult. There is a two-colour chicken explosion in the garden, dark grey and white. Griselda has finished moulting, Pearl is in mid-moult and now these two, so there's only Lilith the little black hen to go.
Last Edit: Oct 17, 2020 14:22:07 GMT by Cookiepuss
Greetings, villagers, from cool and cloudy Oxfordshire.
A quiet morning and afternoon here, but things will be more exciting later when I'll join in a Facetime with the US family. CK6 will be two tomorrow but his party is today.
I cleaned and sorted out the utility room fridge yesterday. Now we know where everything is for once. I'm trying to raise the enthusiasm to do the same with the kitchen fridge. This may not happen until tomorrow.
We had roast chicken (not one of ours!) dinner last night rather than today, because the Facetime is at 6pm. We always eat dinner in the evening. Tonight I'm cooking steak, which will not take nearly as much time.
Chicken report: Lottie has laid an egg. I think I was mistaken yesterday about her starting to moult. She looked scruffy but it seems it was just that she had been dust-bathing. The other white hen, Pearl, continues to moult.
We had our annual meetings after Mass today. They're usually held in April! I am now a churchwarden - another hat to add to the others - PCC Secretary, head server, ic safeguarding and ic GDPR. I have been given a huge bunch of keys (9 in all) by an outgoing warden. Now I have to work out which door each one is for!
Far more prosaic than the keys of the kingdom of heaven! I have locked the church on a couple of occasions, and had to set the burglar alarm, and it's quite unnerving. Still, I have time to sort it all out, as I probably won't have to lock up for a little while. We're only open on Sundays and Thursdays at the moment.
Greetings, villagers, from mild and partly sunny Oxfordshire.
Cookiekitten6 is two today. His party was yesterday, and we Facetimed. We had a break in the middle so that we could have dinner, then returned for a talk with ES, YS and ED when the children were watching a DVD. Unfortunately I missed ED and CK2 because she and her OH had to leave early to take his son Z back to his mum's for school today. I have been messaging ED today and caught up with her news. They are having a house built (help to buy scheme) and it's coming along, but they are having second thoughts, having heard from YS (degree in building science and works for a building company) that it's not very well built.
OH went for his swim this morning and has now gone for his daily walk.
Chicken report: two eggs, from Dottie and Lilith.
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2020 14:16:09 GMT by Cookiepuss
Greetings, villagers, from mild, breezy, humid and partly sunny Oxfordshire.
Just as I was about to post the laptop crashed and I lost the lot. Very annoying.
No idea why I had such a rotten night, being awake until about 5am and sleeping until nearly noon. I dreamed that Honey, our nearly blind cat, followed YD and me along the road unnoticed and got lost, so we had to go searching for her.
OH went for his daily walk this morning, just in case we had showers this afternoon.
It's been a lovely sunny day here, and our summer duvet has dried on the line. I have finished my skirt and cut out and partly sewn a sort of waistcoat. I bought the tweed in Ireland back in the 70s, so whatever it cost I can't remember. It's stripey and OH thinks it'll make me look like a table runner or a deck chair.
Greetings, villagers, from mild, grey and damp Oxfordshire.
At least the rain has stopped now. It started in the middle of the night and just kept on going. I know this because I had another completely sleepless night, no idea why. YD was pretty much the same. I heard her get up a couple of times. Two of the cats also had a merry chase up and down the stairs. OH slept peacefully through it all. I got up twice to read for a while, but I was still awake when OH got up at 7am to go swimming, though I did manage about 3 hours of sleep a bit later. OH has now gone for his walk.
I had a shock last night when I returned after aqua. Facebook had reverted to its new, garish and distinctly user-unfriendly (at least to me) format. FB Purity had managed to change it back for a couple of months but it's now been overwritten. Luckily it still looks all right on my iPhone. I'll certainly use FB a lot less until FBP manages to sort a fix. No wonder I've been having problems recently with old pages reappearing and things I'd unliked swamping my news feed. A shame I'd spent much of the past few days fixing the problems, only to have the whole site change.
Back to the kitchen in a little while to sort out cupboards and put the latest supermarket delivery away. Curry tonight for OH and me and lobster for YD.
Chicken report: Dottie has laid an egg. The chickens have come out from under the hedge and trampoline where they had been sheltering from the rain.
Last Edit: Oct 21, 2020 14:58:56 GMT by Cookiepuss
The skirt I've made is tweed made from Jacob sheep wool, woven in a twill pattern. It's a plain A line, about calf length. I also have some tweed I bought in Ireland back in the 70s. It's multicoloured stripes, but a lot of green. I've made a long waistcoat/sleeveless cardigan. Not enough fabric to face neck and sleeves, so I'm knitting binding from green wool, which I'll sew in place.
Greetings, villagers, from mild and now sunny Oxfordshire.
I was so fed up with being sleepless night after night that last night I resorted to half a sleeping tablet from the week's worth that my GP had given me when I was sleeping badly after my last hip replacement. I'd only used four of them. It was horribly bitter but it worked. In fact it worked so well that I slept round the clock and still feel like a zombie now! Brain fog.
While I was sleeping peacefully OH had breakfast, vacuumed downstairs, then got lunch ready and ate his. He's now gone for a walk. YD has also been downstairs but has retreated back to her room. She's moved back from her sister's old room where she stayed for the summer because it's north-facing and cooler. Now I can at last access the under-bed storage and the fitted wardrobe where the winter clothes are stored and put the summer ones away. I can also reach some more of my craft supplies and sort them out.
I have aqua tonight. I should be awake by then!
Chicken report: Griselda has laid an egg, the first since her moult.
Last Edit: Oct 22, 2020 14:48:38 GMT by Cookiepuss