Thursday, 4 November 2010
 Saw it - wanted it - threw a tantrum- got it!
My mad fluffy flower brooch made by the lovely lovely Tess at Driftwood
I love it love it love it!! It's now on my jacket ready for going shopping
Thank you so much Jx

My 1st of November photo of the view from the living room- amazing how it changes in just 1 month since we moved in...

Have a beautiful (and safe) weekend- off to Chatsworth on Saturday night for the fireworks - oooohhhh! aaaahhhh!
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Yes I'm sorry I said the C word- but it has come early with our presents to each other - I bought MrP an Ella...

Ella LOVES ivy!

 They are looking a bit odd as they were sheared before I collected them- they look much much better with their lovely curly locks

Ella means 'pretty little elf/fairy' suits her doesn't it?
 He bought me a Dotty- Dotty was bottle fed and follows me everywhere like a little puppy

Beautiful Dotty (note the pretty collar)
 They are pedigree Angora goats- I have wanted one for sooooo long. They have a purpose too they are organic strimmers and will hopefully eat the long grass and weeds off the field that the horses won't eat- at the moment though they are concentrating on the ivy on the old barn- plus when they are next sheared in the spring I can have the wool spun and knit something made from my own angora

                                             Dotty also LOVES ivy (and savoy cabbage)

The garden with the stables in the background
I decided to break you in gently with the before pictures at the farmhouse- this is the garden from the back door (which for convenience is located right next to the front door) I'm hoping at some point next year this will be a beautiful cottage garden- one of the Belfast sink planters was in great condition so now has pride of place in my kitchen- it is almost half finished (pictures to follow)

Remember though a goat is for life not just for Christmas...
Monday, 11 October 2010

View from our living room

I have been away way too long. I can only apologise.


Busy, is the word to describe my life of late but hopefully things can at least begin to return to whatever will pass for normal in my new world now.

"New world?" I hear you ask.

Yes we have finally moved. Not to the long anticipated cottage- that got complicated with a messy divorce involved and the ex-wife living next door to it and no deeds!! So we cut and run.

the "not to be" cottage
 Not even to cottage number 2 the Old Post Office, it just wasn't doing it for me, I can't say why, it just didn't speak to me.

a lovely farmhouse- but not ours...
Our new home (it is a home not just a house) wasn't love at first sight.
It is in fact not a cottage at all but a farm house- no not the one on the right although it would be lovely wouldn't it??

Set of Follyfoot Farm from Yorkshire TV
No, our new home is more reminiscent of Follyfoot Farm. That is what eventually made me fall in love.
I am a romantic and am therefore willing to overlook the fact that there is no kitchen, that the roof leaks above the spare room, that there are weeds growing between the cobbles in the yard and that there are spiders the size of small dogs. I now love that to cross the landing you first walk down hill then up hill (this could save a fortune in wine as you feel drunk most of the time anyway) and I'm thrilled that under the laminate floor we have discovered the original quarry tiles in the kitchen and under the green carpet and 1973 newspaper in the hallway the original stone flag floor looks all intact and fabulous.

Darcy, Pebble, Promise and Rowan (but where's Poppy??)

Even better is that all this comes with 4 glorious acres so the horses and hens have come to live at home. The boys are growing at a rate and have magically changed colour. They are now bestest friends and whinny to each other at night "Goodnight Jim Bob" "Goodnight Lee Roy"

We have two tiny new additions and I will try and find the camera in one of the packing cases so that you can see Ruby and Tuesday.

Angora goats at the GYS 2010

After much research, I get to go goat shopping too. I may even get to have my absolute favourite- angora goats!

And I finally get to be Dora of Follyfoot as I dreamed of many many years ago...

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Hello everyone! I'm back!!
I just wanted to share my latest news with you all...
I have fallen in love!

It's okay MrP knows- he has fallen in love too...
May I introduce you to the object of all this affection?
Meet Summerwood Dragonfly Moonshine (Rowan for short...don't ask its a long long story!)

Born at 10am on Sunday 11th July.
I was over the moon to actually be there when he was born!! What a privilege!
(I have some quite graphic photos but decided to spare you so this is Rowan at 2 minutes old)

He is very advanced for his age and was soon up on his shaky legs...

It wasn't all plain sailing - no one had explained to him about gravity and balance

I knew this little man was going to be special before he was born...

He is half brother to Promise (Moon Shadow is the proud daddy of them both)

And mix a bit of Moon Shadow with a bit of Pebble (the prettiest pony in the world) and you get a bit of a superstar!

He ain't heavy- he's my brother...
(Promise looks huge next to Rowan even though he is only 5 weeks old! I can't wait to see them playing together...)

So on Sunday morning little Rowan trotted into my heart and there he will stay.
May I apologise for a little self indulgence.

On the home front- My little project is coming along nicely- I am reading your blogs while I'm projecting but not finding much time to comment (must try harder) sorry!

(Sorry about the photos in this post they seem to have got a bit distorted)

Back soon with more news but for now I have a new love in my life and a project on the go and need an extra 48 hours in every day. Jx

Thursday, 24 June 2010
I have no idea where June went... but we went to Marrakech for a few days...

My favourite place on earth- the first time I went I felt I had at last found home
We walked...

We did tourist type stuff...
(the menara garden pavillion)

We walked some more...
we talked about the storks that live on the rampart walls...

we didn't ride camels...

we met some lovely people...

and we shopped in the souks...

it has to be done...

we went to the Djemma el fna at night and ate tajines at the street stalls and roasted almonds from the carts...

We saw fabulous Berbers in their bright blue clothes...

and we didn't get too close to the snake charmers...

We ate here... absolute heaven on earth! Then before we knew it we were on our way home, tired, relaxed, happy...

Back at home I got a parcel... which contained lots of little parcels all beautifully wrapped...

It was my boudoir swap from Jackie! Lots of lovely, lovely girly things! all smelling gorgeous! Thank you so much Jackie x

and of course we have had this little man to look after...

So, sorry I haven't been about- but June has gone by in a blur!!

I am going to take a short blogging break to work on a little project, I will tell more as soon as I can- promise! I will try to pop by as often as I can.

Don't forget me while I am gone... Jxx

Monday, 7 June 2010
Promise this morning finding his feet...

Over the weekend the circle of his world has got gradually bigger

on Friday and Saturday he stayed very close to mum and took things quite slowly

It's hard to have control of brand new legs

...and really much more tiring than you might expect

Close to mummy is the very best place

But today he is coming on leaps and bounds- still close to mummy but the circle is getting bigger

"Mummy what are you doing? You are going to get all muddy!"

"Right, I'm off to practice showjumping..."

Just so long as mummy is close to hand if I need her- that chambermaid human creature isn't that bad either but I can't get any milk out of the teat in the middle of her face

On the home front the rain has done the grass a power of good

and I'm very excited about my latest bargain- maybe I will be able to sew on this one- if not it is nice to look at for 99p!!
Friday, 4 June 2010
Once upon a time there was a lovely boy called Moon Shadow.

He was a lovely cuddly handsom boy and he loved his wives, even if they didn't always love him. He was gentle and patient with them, liking to bring a little romance into what some stallions may have thought of as a chore...

And once the huffing and puffing was over with he liked a handful of pony nuts and a pat and a little snooze cuddled up to his human.

One day a new girl came along called Poppy. Shadow was besotted. Unfortunately Poppy wasn't- oh dear!

Naughty Poppy resisted Shadow's courting and played hard to get...

But after a little Shadow magic she came round to his way of thinking

And we are so pleased - because the result is...


Summerwood Dragonfly Promises- is his official name but he will be Promise to his friends...

Born in the early hours of this morning, mum and baby doing fantastic!

There will be more photos- many more! I have 55 already!! You must tell me when you get fed up of them! But for now I have an afterbirth to find and check over- yuk!

Just thought you would like to see the new addition to our happy ever after family... Jx