Happy Christmas

It's not quite Christmas Day here just yet (although for some of my family and friends on the other side of the world it is and they will be waking soon!) Here in Wales I've cleaned and prepared ready for tomorrow and our visitor who is joining us for Christmas Dinner. I'm now looking forward …

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Advent: December 24th

This week has felt very strange because for the first time in about 9 years I've not had to feed my pigs twice a day. I used to breed pedigree Large Black pigs, one of the rarest of Britain's Traditional pig breeds and now even rarer than it was when I first started. Large Blacks …

Advent: December 22nd

Walking back to catch the park and ride in Chester I had to go through The Grosvenor Shopping Centre where they have a huge Christmas Tree. I wasn't very impressed with it close up; all weird bubble structure. But from a little distance with all the lights switched on later in the afternoon it looked …

Advent: December 21st

The shortest day. Or the longest night. However you'd prefer to look at it! Anyhow, it's Midwinter or the Winter Solstice; the turning point of the diurnal nadir and a day that I always look forward to. Although there are many weeks of dark evenings and cold days still ahead it feels like from this …

Advent: December 18th

I'm so lucky that we have so many lovely neighbours. We all get on really well and meet up at different times of year for social get togethers like Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year's Eve amongst other occasions. Us ladies (and occasionally one or two of the men!) also meet for Knit n Natter …