Friday, 7 March 2014

Friday already

I'm sorry that I didn't have time to put on a post yesterday but it was a busy - and also traumatic day.  A family we know quite well lost a beloved daughter in law in a terrible farm accident - sudden and quite unexpectedly.   A death so near means that one stops and really thinks about the phrase which is bandied about "in the midst of life we are in death."  So much fall-out, so many people's lives changed for ever.   It does serve to make one realise that every single minute is important.  They are certainly in our thoughts.

Today, market day, is bright with sunshine, cold and blowing a gale - good for drying up the fields, as the farmer quite rightly says.   And driving down to our feed merchants after lunch there was certainly less water about and the fields began to look a bit drier.   Long may it continue.

Then it was back to make a birthday cake for my son, who has a birthday on Monday.   He is a fruit-cake addict and they are so easy to make, so one is in the oven as I write.   I must say the fact that he will be fifty six on Monday makes me feel very old indeed.

Until tomorrow.....


Heather said...

Such a tragic accident must shake the whole community. I hope the family involved will be able to take comfort from each other.
I'm not trying to outdo you Pat, but my son will be 57 in October. It doesn't seem possible. We have two great-grandchildren at secondary school now, and that seems rather excessive!

angryparsnip said...

What sad and very unexpected news.
You are so right about remembering to treasure every single day.

A very Happy Birthday to your son.
Let there be cake !
Please take of photo so we can see what the cake looked like. I remember you make him one at Christmas.

cheers, parsnip

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Pat, that is so sad for them and, as you said, the entire community. The suddenness of it... So hard to take.

RE: your son's cake. I am thinking the fruitcake you are making him is different than the kind that has to sit around for months aging?

Friend Judy and I were discussing the concept of lemon and sugar on pancakes this morning. I think I will try it.
Neither had either of us heard of drippings on toast. Thanks for telling me what it is. So you put the jelled part in jelled form on the toast then sprinkle with salt? Before you think I am a bit thick, I thought perhaps one melts the jelled part so it soaks into the toast. Not sure.

Virginia said...

Those tragic deaths shake the whole community don't they. I also find my son's 33 years mean I am careful what I say to the parents of children I am teaching - some them are now no older that he is!! It does make me feel my age. I hope your son has a very happy day - I'm sure he will have a delicious cake!

Robin Mac said...

What a tragedy for the family, but I am sure the whole community will rally in support - that is fhe best part of living in the country. Happy birthday to your son. Cheers

John Going Gently said...

A timely reminder that farms rant always honey and sheep
Sorry about your bad day

Dartford Warbler said...

A farm tragedy can happen so quickly. Such a shock and a loss for your friends and for all of your local community.

Wishing your son many Happy Returns, and a lovely fruitcake!

Cro Magnon said...

There have been a lot of farm accidents around here in the last year or two; one young woman had her arm torn off in a Chestnut gathering machine, most of the others have been chainsaw related.

My oldest has his birthday on Tuesday; I shall not be making a cake.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for sympathy - I shall pass it on via my God daughter.

Reader Wil said...

I wish your son a happy birthday and a healthy long life. I am so sorry that you lost a good friend. There is no comfort in words.