Two important P's today. First of all it is Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday - the start of Lent. Traditionally - and the farmer is great on Tradition - we eat Pancakes to eat up all the eggs, milk and flour before the fasting of Lent begins and we do without them. (nobody has told my hens to stop laying during the period). So we had pancakes at lunchtime, with lemon juice and sugar - three each. Now I wish I had only eaten two as I have overeaten.
Then there is the other P. My old friend P has a really Red Letter Birthday on Sunday, the kind that although you want to celebrate it you really wish you hadn't got to it. He and his partner D are coming over from their home in the Lakes and staying until Monday - so today is 'Bake a Birthday Cake' Day. The mixing Bowl is ready, the ingredients are lined up on the kitchen work top, the cake baker is in the Aga, I weigh out the butter and then discover that the electric beaters are in the dishwasher which has just been switched on and will take over an hour. So here is another P - Postpone the cake baking until the washing up is finished.
The farmer whose sheep we over-winter is on his way to treat their feet yet again; so many of then are limping and it gets so painful for them. He should arrive any time now and the farmer is getting in the sheep - an easy job at this time of the year. The sheep are now well used to sheep nuts every morning and the farmer only has to shake the bag and the whole flock is tumbling over itself to get there first. Keep warm. Until tomorrow.