Advent: Christmas Eve

An old photograph - we've not had a snowy Christmas for a few years. But this is "home" and it's prettier than the winter we're having at the moment! Home. I feel so very blessed. My family are the people I love most (closely followed by my animals of course!) and I am lucky enough …

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Advent: December 23rd

This is what we call a Sneeze Egg! My dad used to joke that these tiny little eggs are what pop out when a chicken sneezes! We had this earlier in the year. The little brown shell is infact a sort of calcified pigmented membrane on this one rather than a proper shell and after …

Advent: December 22nd

A funny photo I know. But I woke in the early hours having had a bad dream which involved losing these little guys so they're a bit on my mind just now! Sadly we really have lost almost all of them this year due to a very freakish combination of events that couldn't be foreseen. …

Advent: December 21st

The shortest day … and thank goodness for that!! Yesterday was beautifully sunny and clear, today is windy, grey and now lashing rain - looking for blessings I can only say I'm glad I got the dog walked and the outdoor jobs finished about 5 minutes before this all started! This was a double rainbow …

Advent: December 19th

Christmas is a quiet time for us. With animals to care for we don't ever go away to visit others at Christmas and apart from taking a little time to pause and reflect and share good times with those around us, the farm routine means that each and every day has a structure that cannot …

Advent: December 18th

I said I'd show you the stunning vista the Hebridean sheep from yesterday's post have. Holyhead Mountain, the beautiful heathland of The Range, the bird rich cliffs and shore and the Irish Sea stretching out to the horizon. The ferries pass along here on their way to and from Dublin several times a day. I …

Advent: December 16th

Visitors to North Wales won't need this one explaining! This is the Menai Suspension Bridge which spans the Menai Straits - the fast flowing strip of sea between mainland Wales and Ynys Mon or Anglesey. I love this bridge, such a beautifully elegant piece of engineering. It was built in 1826 by Thomas Telford as …

Advent: December 15th

I vaguely knew there was a final "Supermoon" last night but forgot about it until I went to draw my curtains at dusk and saw the evening sky looking as though embers were glowing in it. My cameras are usually lying around handy for work and I grabbed my DSLR and shot this but the …