five on Friday

Five on Friday, but on Monday

1)Having been battered by storm Ophelia gales a week or so ago, and then absolutely soaked by Storm Brian this Saturday I'm ready for some cold but dry weather please. I like cold weather, knowing its killing viruses and flies and hideous biting insects.  I'm kind like that.  Apparently any day now we could have snow sprinkled on the top of the mountains around us. Brace yourself for a billion look at the white mountains pictures then! 

2)I am an expert in online research. I work in social media don't forget ;) I never buy anything without a little research, I never hire anyone without research either. And I will research everything my other half wants, or who he hires too. People are blunt and honest on social media and it makes for eye opening reading.  I say it time and time again - place yourself on social media by all means, but only the good stuff, or the politically correct stuff - if you wouldn't want your granny reading it - don't write it. And when it comes to items - go ahead dan leave a review. good bad or somewhere in-between, you are saving people making a costly mistake or promoting a lovely little business/item that needs all the support it can get.  Currently ask me what you like about water troughs/coffee machines/mountain boots/hall stands/plumbers in our area.... !

3) Hawthorn is an utter utter bast**d. And blackthorn come to that. It not only has barbed thorns, but it triggers histamines when it punctures you, causing swelling, redness, soreness and unbelievable pain from such tiny thing. I have a deep puncture in my finger right now from this morning  and suspect it will be completely seized up by tomorrow. lovely. I really hope the goats appreciated the branches I picked for them......!! and how the hell do they, with their soft soft mouths eat that stuff??? 

4) five on Friday is today on Monday because this is the calm before the storm... not a storm storm but a mad {omg mad}  busy period of over a week. Of new arrivals, heaps of season farm work, visitors - plural groups of - and deadlines of work. You're right I could just schedule this for Friday but I feel I may have died of hawthorn wounds by then it will be out of date by then!! 

5) Today involves paint, but thankfully not wall paint - all decorating enthusiasms has dried up for a month or so yet!! - and paint makes me happy. It also involves digital designing which makes me super happy and, of course, a good dose of animals and fresh air as always. No more hawthorn tho if possible... 


iPhone picture of 3/4 of my people herd because they make me so happy...





five on Friday

1) Chimney sweeps do not look like anyone from Mary Poppins, nor do they sing or bring small victorian children with them; most disappointing. ;) The first chimney sweep I've ever booked was a lovely guy, and did not seem to mind my endless questions, or the fact I sat and watched the whole process LOL... I did explain that we were from the city, and had only ever had difficult gas boilers previously, not any real fires. You'll be pleased to know, (or maybe you won't, but I was) our fire has clean bill of health a safety certificate and a new log basket. No matter how pretty stacked by the stove logs look, - nor how many house magazines you've seen that it - logs stacked by the woodburner is a safety issue he would not let pass. So now I know. 

2) The number of leaves on the floor after high winds this week would lead you to believe there can't possibly be any more left on the trees, but oh there are. Realising if I want the goats to eat all the fallen leaves so the horses don't I will need an ARMY of goats to do so. My two goats aren't really coping. Plus to be fair they prefer biscuits.... 

3) I've become addicted to audio books whilst I paint walls. Painting is dull and the radio doesn't always hit the spot so now I've been listening my way thro the latest bestsellers as I paint. Cant decide if this makes me a genius or just old, but either way - I recommend it. 

4) I'm pretty sure there is nothing worse than an outsider moving in and telling you how things should be done, so I've tried to not moan about how it is, or how things have always been done around here. but please, for the love of all sanity, can we just name some of the local lanes. Any name you like, just a few of them. Because none of them have names, all of them are identical - single file traffic, high hazel hedges, pretty damn hilly - and all of them lead to very different places. Directions to places like great dog walks/stunning views/cute little farm shop/brilliant riding track  - i.e.; things that aren't on a sat nav - are given in at the form of long list of random things to look out for.  Go right, then keep right, when you get to a grassy bit, then go right again, go up a steep hill, look out for a tall barn, turn left there... its like mental torture, and I never want to be rude and point out to anyone kind enough to give me directions that my head stopped taking it in after line three. Grassy bit? hills? barns? We are in the middle of WALES; its entirely hills, grass and barns round here! 

5) You might recall a post about dustbins and the lack of them. as an update, here in month three we still don't have them. Its been three calls, four emails, and an complaint form. Apparently they are on they way.  No holding breath. Mind you, quite possibly they were given similar directions as above tho...


picture of the gorgeous ginger pony and I riding out,  with a rainbow ahead. 

Puzzle ride rainbow