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Thu Nov 25 2010

Winter Stories

Christmas is almost upon us, and winter is arriving this week by the looks of the forecast! – but – what a wonderful Indian summer it has been. Our good friends Carl and Ant and their kiddies came down for beach weekend at the beginning of October, we were all playing beach games and the kids were all swimming in the sea at Woolly. It was wonderful.

We are very busy with the children, now that Violet is a very buzzing almost 2 year old and Rex is almost 4 months old. We are blessed to have two wonderful, happy and healthy children. With just an 18-month gap between Violet and Rex we are kept on our toes 24/7. The B&B and The Little House have been busy all year, which is wonderful. Thank you to all our customers, especially those who keep coming back!

We continue to make plans and dream about the changes we have in mind for The Long House, most of which will stay as a dream for a while! Time is some what in short supply these days! So the lake, sheep in the paddock, a bathroom renovation, soft fruit cage, more tree planting, putting the greenhouse up will have to line up in the queue!

Now that we have installed a brand new Rayburn, we will need an everlasting supply of wood. Thanks to Jerry we have a huge new wood shed at the end of the paddock, which is half full at the moment. Together with our neighbours Jess and James, who also have a high wood usage, we strive to better our woodpile all the time and make sure James has wood envy and not us! The new Rayburn is wonderful, the scorching hot water is endless and the house is toasty warm. The wood shed is the perfect place to hang out with a bottle of beer and have a bonfire!

Next up is a batch of chickens, we are down to four, so will increase numbers in early spring so we have a plentiful supply of eggs next summer. The veg plot needs some serious attention! But it has fed us with 22 different sorts of fruit and veg since June, so we cannot complain. We are still picking spinach, chard, carrots and beets. The onions are hanging up; looking almost to good to use and the spuds are only just about to run out.

Jingle is as mad as ever and Jack the horse is strip grazing the paddock and still enjoying lots of lush grass. Jo has just started riding Jack again; he still has a spring in his step and is raring to go.

Veg growing tips:

Any tips for growing squash – we would love to know, ours were not great. Our top veggie growing tip: is to plant your broads and runners in loo roll holders full of compost, then you can stick them straight in the ground when they are a few inches high and the frost has all gone!

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