Monday, 30 December 2013

a break in the weather

In between all this run up to and Christmas celebration we have been dealing with this weather and the issues it brings when caring for our animals on a daily basis.  So it was lovely to see a break in the rain today; we duly rushed down to the coast and the sea looked like this…

Thursday, 26 December 2013

and Boxing Day

In our house we do not only have the pleasure in celebrating Christmas, but Boxing Day is a birthday day here as well.  so this year, despite hurting the tendon in my hand 2 days earlier, created (not a brilliant looking) Yule Log = did taste better than it looked !!!

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Chistmas Day is here...

So Christmas has arrived & we love our cakes; so for Christmas day created this fruit cake ring.  Decorated with the obligatory snowman & Sion Corn (Welsh for Santa here) and eaten with chestnut puree, recipe learnt from when I did the Christmas course.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Fabulous Winter Saturday

Taking time out to enjoy the beautiful surrounding and know why we choose to live here.  Winter sunshine and blue sky can be really spectacular, lovely time had by us on a very quiet beach.

Monday, 11 November 2013

distressing sound...........

Aunt Dotty !

We went to bed on Friday night with the heart rending noise of a herd of cows on the farm just above us, crying out in enormous distress.  

This has happened before and we assume it’s because their calves have just been taken away from them.
The noise was incredible with one cow, even more distressed then the rest, sounding out above her sisters.

The calling was still continuing on Saturday morning when our rescued cow Aunt Dotty, thankfully out of the cruelties of the commercial dairy herd, came up from our bottom fields and stood listening to these anguished cries and calling out herself in sympathy.

Today, Monday, the cries although a lot less subdued can still clearly, and poignantly, be heard from here.
What has happened to their calves by now does not bear thinking about.  And we call ourselves a nation of animal lovers.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

end of an era

Today dedicated to our eldest dog; if any of you read our post 09 October Brambles who died peacefully in her sleep overnight. 
She was the first domestic new addition to our family we took in when we & ethicalWARES moved to Wales almost 14 years ago now.  She (as all our dogs are) was feed a Vegan diet, was happy and healthy and only became ill a matter of weeks ago, but since Brambles was 16 we would like to think she had a good innings.  This photo was taken about 8 weeks ago,
An end to an era & a big gap in the house now.