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  2. You’re doing better than we are, it’s been very grey of late. And cold! Spring came around long enough to get the blackbirds singing and then disappeared again.

    • D > J and I returned to the croft this evening to check that they had all remembered to return to the henhouse before the light sensor shut the pop hole for the night. They were all safely in, talking about their adventures of the day, and lulling each other off to sleep, like excited children on holiday, sharing a bedroom!

  3. Love the photos. Your sheep are beautiful! Do they roo? (Maybe that’s the incorrect usage of the word, but do they let go of their wool at all or do you shear?)

    • J > They’re a near primitive breed, so yes they do roo ; but it must be understood that rooting fleece comes away patchily, and by the time it does come away it is in near unusable condition. To harvest the wool by rooting, it’s necessary to repeatedly gather, and roo whatever is ready. In practice, we shear, as this ensures good compromise between quality and labour!

    • J > We do feel for you! Here’s an old remedy – You need an old besom – worn but serviceable – and stand it in tall jug filled with a mixture of vinegar, buttermilk, and the urine of a ‘maiden’. After 7 days and 7 nights, remove the besom from the mixture and stand it close to open fire for seven nights, removing to a dark cupboard before sunrise of the 7th morning. Keep thus until squally weather threatens. Just as a squall begins to strike, snatch besom form cupboard and at a run take it outside, and using both hands wield the besom in the direction of approaching squall, shouting “Silence, unruly winds! Submit to the rule of my besom!” Be sure to follow faithfully this prescription, or it’s efficacy can’t be assured. Oh, did I forget to mention that you also have to drink up the ‘liquor’ left after steeping the besom. ;~)

      • Ha – why did I not know of this remedy before!! If only I was still a maiden …

        Thankfully this morning has dawned calm and bright, with that wonderful water-washed feel that follows heavy rain. The weekend’s looking grim though.

        I shall return now to the image of you both clutching besoms in the face of the next gale…

        (On another note, how nice that the sun came out to welcome back the chickens.)

  4. Your world is stunning! Thank you so much for sharing! We have a warmer day today also…and my spring work starts…only after we finish all the cutting of the firewood! 🙂

  5. Can’t wait to get back! You paint a very pretty picture. And very glad to see a post again!

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