Once again I’ve let a week cruise by without an update
and my explanation [ not an excuse mind you, just an explanation ] is that , once again, life got in the way of blogging.
Mmmm, let’s see …
There has been a c**p load of goat wrangling and block clearing. Two years worth of ‘not drout anymore’ coupled with the surgery halfway through last year has meant that the obligatory keeping-ahead-of-ten-acres-worth-of-detritus hasn’t quite happened to plan.
The goats help with as much as they can but there’s still a lot that has to be dealt with manually. The goat[s] on clearing duty have to be caught, put on a chain and persuaded to walk past my delicious looking garden to whatever corner of the manse that is the target du jour. Ever tried lugging 90 kg [ 200 lbs ] of goat in a direction other than the one that it wants to go ?
Also on the agenda this week was the Great Christmas Decoration Takedown and Pack Away of 2012.
Nowhere near as much fun as the Great Christmas Decorating of 2011, but just as much work, with the added ‘bonus’ of having to find homes for anything that I may have acquired in the interim. Basically a lot of stuff to be moved, dusted / washed, wrapped, boxed up and then lugged up the slope to the shed, where I discovered that the elves had gone on strike so I had to pack it away as well.
This has pretty much taken all week.
Not everything revolved around the acreage though.
There was delicious brunch in the courtyard of The Dove with David, Nadie and Bear [
followed by some post-Christmas Sale shopping followed by absolutely nothing at all at Malmaison, The House of Fergus Frog and Skydancers Garden Centre ]
There was a visit to the quilt shop in Maldon [ who are having a $15m sale on all fabric this month, and where a few modest purchases may have been negotiated ] with a side trip to the Ice Creamery [ David and Nadie ] and the Christmas Shop [
where it is just possible that I may have been persuaded to part with some of next Christmas’ decorating budget where nothing at all happened … honestly ]
Let me see. What else ?
There may have been a bit of knitting and crochet finished since the start of January [ blurry photos courtesy of my mortally wounded camera-that-I-haven’t-replaced-yet ]
finally finished the third of the Nekos – which is actually #2 – he’s the big guy in the middle sitting on his tail
and a baby blanket in cotton destined for a member of the extended family up in tropical Queensland.
So all is well