Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy hour on the farm

(Mr. Bates loves his dinner!)
Well, it's not that kind of happy hour.  There are no festive drinks involved, but rather the "happy" refers to how the sheep react to feeding time.  It's a once or twice a day (depending on time of year and weather) highlight of the day for the creatures who live here.  When the sun is getting low in the sky, the sheep start keeping a sharp eye out for me.  As soon as I leave the house or studio and start toward the barn, they come running.  We've had a spell of dry weather and they've been out on pasture, instead of being brought into the barn in the evenings.  That means I load the hay bales on my trusty cart and deliver dinner to them.

A few days ago,  as I was spreading the hay flakes out, Mrs Patmore (yes, she's one of those Downton Abbey girls and got that name because of her less than svelte figure!), surprised me by jumping up into the hay cart.  In all my years of keeping sheep, I've never had one who would willing get up on anything with wheels.  She was quite nonchalant about it and it took considerable effort on my part to get her to jump out.  Luckily the front of the cart comes off because there's no way she could have turned around.  As it was, I had to finally push her out.  Just one more occasion of nearly daily surprises around here.

(Lady Edith-on the right) thought maybe she was missing something good)
 Christmas is less than a week away and though I am not quite ready, I am nearly there. We have simplified our holiday season so much these last few years.  I no longer decorate every room in the house and it seems I'm leaving more and more decorations packed away each year, but the decorations that are out are ones that have special meaning.

(Check out those snazzy red heels!)

I know I've been absent a lot around here lately but a new year is coming and I've got PLANS!  There will be a blog anniversary, a sweet little book giveaway (with maybe some bonus yarn thrown in), some knitting projects to show and several other things I've been thinking about for awhile.  So, don't give up on me.  I'm planning to be here on a much more regular basis in the very near future.


  1. Great photos, both outside and in. Thank you!

  2. The sheep in the cart is too funny, I have a couple that want the first bite too, must taste better. Love your collection of sheep figures and ornament. Beautiful Christmas tree, Merry Christmas.

  3. Merry Christmas Dianne. happy eating to the sheep critters too.

  4. Love all your sheep ornaments. I have two little ones so we've had to pare down our Christmas to things that can't be broken. I put out my little porcelain village on the fireplace mantel, thinking it would be safe, and came into the living room to find a stool had been pulled up and the Lego guys were moving in on my Dicken's characters! Still, it's a happy time :) Love the picture of Mrs. Patmore in the hay wagon. The girls deserve a good happy hour. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and looking forward to your posts in the new year!

  5. Glad the cart held up; she looks, um, substantial! Love your decorations; I need more sheepy ones.

  6. Plump sheep are the best!! Happy Christmas and wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year.