Sunday, 15 December 2013

A New Day

Yesterday's 'easy' day turned out to be quite busy, but enjoyable.   One thing I did do was walk in the fields with the farmer and Tess after lunch, looking for a suitable branch to hang in the back utility room (the entrance everyone uses when visiting us).   If you haven't seen the lovely decorated branch which Cro has put up for Christmas then do go to his blog (Magnon's meanderings on my sidebar) and look at it.  He has given me an idea for something similar so we went off on a search.   We found a lovely hazel branch with catkins already forming.   Later this week the farmer will cut it and I thought I would spray the catkins and then decorate the branch in a similar manner to Cro's - so thank-you for the idea Cro.

WE came back but naughty Tess decided that the numerous rabbits were just too tempting and when we got back to the yard there was absolutely no sign of her.   I came into the house to make a cup of tea while the farmer went back to search - there she was, nonchalantly coming up the field as though tomorrow would do.

Our Christmas trees are flourishing - my son is having one and will come to cut it shortly.   But we have decided against having a 'real' one  - the thought of pine needles everywhere is too much to bear.  I am rather ashamed to say it though, as the smell of pine is so beautiful at Christmas.

Today the farmer is taking friend W and me out for a Christmas lunch in Hawes at the cafe belonging to the farmers whose sheep we over-Winter.   It will be a gigantic meal of their own produce - I shall over-eat and all we shall feel like doing is sleeping it off all evening - must watch the results of Strictly though - who will come off this week and which four will be in the Final next week?   I wonder.

If there is an opportunity to take photographs at the Christmas lunch I will do so and post them later in the day.   In the meantime, have a nice day - it's a lovely one here.


Heather said...

I love that idea of decorating a branch for Christmas. I wind tiny lights in among twiggy branches anchored in a heavy dark vase. It gives as good a light as my usual reading lamp and looks very festive. At least Tess knows the way home and you are not near busy roads when she decides to do her own thing.
Enjoy your lunch.

Cro Magnon said...

I've been adding to mine; holly, ivy, and a few more bits and bobs. No fairy yet!

mrsnesbitt said...

We don't have a real tree either Pat - no way with 3 dogs who would treat it as a toilet! Not to mention Bing eating the needles - think of the vet's bill!!! Will check out the link re greenery as I am on with my wreath this week!

Elizabeth said...

Will pop over to see Cro's branch!
I do really rather love a real tree - but anything festive is lots of fun!
Bad Tess - our dogs in the country were always doing that and giving us fits!

Gwil W said...

Pat, this morning someone who can't go because they have a cold gave me their ticket for Sir Simon Rattle conducting Janacek and Mahler at the Vienna Philharmonic. So I went. Now I'm back and just found your lovely comment on my post The Sun Far Away.
So a doubly good day for me. Now for a coffee and a run. I know Hawes because we used to run there along the trails from Kirkby Stephen. A lovely spot. Hope the weather is fine for the three of you.

angryparsnip said...

I just looked at Cro's blog, wonderful'
We don't hang a whole branch like his great idea but trim it a bit and hang it parallel to the window top then hang fairy lights and ornament from the branches. It looks great in the window.
Must tell daughter about his way of hanging the branch, The cat destroyed her tree three times last year.
Naughty naughty Tess, bet she had lots of fun !

cheers, parsnip

Terry and Linda said...

We don't have a real tree...I can't bear the mess and the killing of the tree.

I'm popping over to see Cro's branch...I might want one also.

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Cloudia said...

What a fortuitous life you live my dear!

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