On the farm, there has been much sawing up of trees that have died or of branches that have blown down in the recent winds while in the Barley Barn, Ruth and I have packed up the remaining Christmas decorations, stored away the display units and swept the floor of (most of) the glitter as we return the barn to its normal state. We’ve discussed how the season went, what our themes will be for Christmas 2016 and in a few days we’re off to our first trade show of the year to find our stock for next Christmas.
While we were doing a physical stock take in the Barley Barn, I was reminded of Jane’s stock taking exercise at The Shady Baker. The New Year seems as good a time as any to take stock, so here’s mine …
Eating: Christmas leftovers. The most successful was probably replacing the raspberries in my Raspberry Cake with cranberry sauce.
Resolving: to take a photograph every day. My only New Year’s Resolution.
Abandoning: New Year’s Resolutions. Life’s too short to spend the day looking for a photo opportunity.
Playing: board games. Trying new games, delving to the back of the cupboard to find the ones we rarely play and discarding the ones that nobody ever wants to play or that cause too many tantrums.
Drinking: our way (slowly) through the drinks cupboard, in similar vein to the board games cupboard. Why do we have such a collection of weird liqueurs?
Thinking: maybe we have too many cupboards.
Making: socks with leftover sock yarn. No two socks will be the same, which will cut down time wasted trying to match pairs.
Enjoying: closing the shutters, lighting the log fire and settling in for the evening.
Wishing: it was possible to visit my sister and her family in Australia more often.
Reading: Thin Air by Ann Cleeves
Cursing: the fox that ransacked the duck run, killing five ducks but taking none. Sadly, Rosa was one of the dead though her partner Sir Francis Drake escaped to the pond with six others.
Deciding: which seeds to sow in the vegetable garden.
Considering: our next long distance walk. Possibly the Devon coast to coast Two Moors Way
Hoping: for snow. Just for a day or two.
Disliking: these grey gloomy days
Buying: oranges direct from the grower in Spain. A box full of juicy goodness
Trying: lino printing.
Looking forward to: 2016
How about you?