There has been a shortage of posts this week, mainly because I have been too busy doing cleaning jobs - Autumn cleaning rather than Spring cleaning here on the farm.
Cleaning is one of those jobs that when you start, each job you do shows up something else that needs doing - and so it goes on.
First of all the farmer rubbed down, cleaned and re-stained the back door. That made the shed door opposite look very shabby, so her rubbed down and painted it, which in turn made the shed window look grubby. And so it went on. Then the sweep came and moving the wood burner showed up that the wall behind it needed attention, so the builder came and did that. Finally today the farmer hired the carpet cleaner and cleaned the carpet. This made the china on the Welsh dresser look in need of a wash - that is now done and that is it!
However I did take time out today - first to have coffee with the 'girls' as usual this morning and then this afternoon to go with friend W to see an exhibition of religious art painted by well-known twentieth century artists - Graham Sutherland, Elizabeth Frinck to name the two I can remember. Interesting stuff.
The exhibition was mounted at our local Auction House and there is a Sale tomorrow, so today is viewing day and there were a lot of people looking round. We had a look round the Lots for sale. I often watch Antiques programmes, mainly because they usually occur around tea time and we have tea on a tray and sit by the wood burner. The experts always seem to pick up a bargain. I must say, looking round the stuff on offer today there did seem an awful lot of rubbish. I'm sure that judging by the number of people there who were marking their catalogues and looking into boxes and crates with a serious look on their faces, there was a lot of good stuff to be had - but it was hard to see from where I stood. There were several fur coats, each with an over-riding smell of mothballs.
I do think all these antiques programmes have made us all much more aware of what there is on offer and what is to be found among stuff that all looks pretty useless.
Autumn draws on here - today there has been sun but also some very heavy showers - fine, warmer weather forecast for next week. It can't come too soon. We still have three fields to second silage yet.