Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Family Visit Round 3

Family visitors departed this morning, it was only a short visit but an enjoyable one.
 A trip to Llansteffan, it was overcast but warm
 walking on the mud flats there was lots of laughs as they got stuck in the mud
 Sol and his new friend Indie had a great time in the sea, it was Indie's first visit to the sea and she loved it.
We finished up with fish and chips followed by ice cream, before heading home for a movie night with pop corn.
 I now have a few days to myself, then Martin will be home and Saturday we have friends arriving they are tagging on a stay at the end of the holiday in Wales, Martin will be home for the week as next week I am away for a couple of days at the International Quilt Festival at the NEC with a friend.
Then we have more friends coming for the week end.

On the home front the mushrooms are growing again, the chicks are having there first night in the chicken house with the adult chooks, 
 And we have our winter hay, Martin has bought hay in Bedfordshire, and has it stored at his unit he will start bringing loads back with him each visit, I wanted hay in small bales easier for me manage and it will be easier for us to store than the euro bales, Hay at times is difficult to find locally in small bales, around here the farmers tend to do haylage or silage, the Alpacas prefer hay. Speaking of which its Kara's 1st birthday tomorrow, on the day she was born last year it was blowing a gale and raining and it looks like the same again this year.

Diary
Sunday October 17th 1982
Up at 8 o'clock went out, John milked Piggy and a little from Occy.
Rained and high winds all day, John fixed a light in Lawrence's room and hung up coat hooks.
Mother phoned very worried about father, Went to Llanybidder and met Eva Brown at 5pm, brought home two kittens one tabby (Blodwin) Tri coloured (Bula) 8 weeks old.
Had tea home made bread, I made first two loaves (not bad) 8.00pm Cheryl phoned coming 30th Oct lovely to hear from her.

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  1. You have been so busy you deserve time away. I am going to Festival of Quilts next Friday, can't wait. Enjoy your stay.

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    1. I will be at the show on Thursday

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  2. What a nice time you're having with all these visitors! Glad you found hay...but thoughts of winter already?! I'm done with our Aussie winter already, I'm thinking summer thoughts! Happy birthday for Kara for tomorrow :)

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    1. We are well on the way with plans for winter, no point in leaving it then panicking

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  3. Fish and chips! Used to love eating it on the sea front when we lived on the coast of Kent.
    I expect you are pleased with those hay bales. We buy large bales here as the small ones work out too expensive by comparison. We buy one at a time. We did have 25 bales delivered a couple of years ago, thinking that a bulk purchase would save us money, but a lot of the hay was wasted because it got wet.

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    1. Storage is the biggest problem for hay, next year we will have a dedicated barn for hay, straw and animal feeds fingers crossed

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  4. We used to have trouble sourcing small bale hay too, when we had the horses.

    Lovely to have the visitors but I suspect a sigh of relief when you have the place to yourself again!

    Enjoy the Quilt Show and take lots of photos please.

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  5. Nothing beats fish and chips by the sea-x-

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    1. Its seas side law you have to fish and chips

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  6. Hi Dawn. Smallholding hero John Seymour said when you buy hay you buy land. It's true that you have a lot more grazing. Been wanting to make hay but not getting enough days to make it. Probably sell it for somebody to make silage. Over wintering is very expensive. Talked to a farmer about it the other day. He reckoned any farmer needs five thousand Euros/pounds single farm payment to be able to farm. There a lot of smallholders who don't receive anything or far less than that. I include myself with them.

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    1. we dont get any payments dont want to be told what to graze and what to grow

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  7. looks like you've been busy with visitors lately! We had family come to see us last weekend, I ended up only being in the house to sleep, I'd love to know how you manage to find time to blog and visit everyone elses blogs, perhaps a post on time management is in order lol

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    1. I blog and read blogs when I sit down with a cuppa or late evening or early morning :-)

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  8. Lovely post on family and I think a trip out to the sea side with our young dogs is in order. Fish and chips followed by ice cream whilst we fish for crabs off the pier sounds perfect, thank you for the idea.
    We buy large bales in but the horses are on it all year round as we don't have much land for them to live out on 24/7. A large bale here is £30 for good grade hay, £25 for the rougher grade.
    Funny - the first thought I had on the diary extract is, "wow she gets out of bed late" - I assumed they would be up at the crack of dawn!

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    1. Yes I had the same thought about the lady in the diary, she does seem to start late in the morning

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  9. Enjoy your quilt trip; sounds like you deserve a bit of me time. Weather here is a but up and down but had a lovely walk around our little homestead this evening with the boys getting the chooks back in the enclosure. So funny! Forecast is supposed to be quite good for next week.

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    1. I am hoping for a sunshine week next week

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  10. Sounds like your social calendar runneth over! :) I can't remember the last time I had a chance to go on a quilt trip! Haven't quilted much over the last few months. I feel like a butterfly flitting from luscious flower to luscious flower and never quite settling in any one spot! I have some sort of -itis when it comes to all things artsy and with yummy color!
    Enjoy your trip... looking forward to seeing some photos?! :)
    Hugs for now...

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  11. My social life seems to be either all or nothing, there will be plenty of photos

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