It's frrreeeezing here today and I've been stoking the fire like a mad woman. I figure if it's going to be this cold it may as well snow and give us all some joy, as there is no way I'm going outside to work in this weather!
So, it's a little update on our here and now, while I listen to the blustery wind and steady drizzle that just won't go away...
Those mittens were finally finished! They are very quirky in places and ahhh, have unique thumbs to finish them off. I guess this is what happens when one refused to follow a pattern! Not to worry though, she still loves them and they fit, which is the most important thing, right?
Over the weekend, the new silkies got a lovely dose of attention. I've set up a little playpen for them in the orchard that they can scratch and peck in until such time that I am motivated enough to organise a proper mobile tractor for them..
Although I had to cringe when Snowflake, below, took her first 'dust' bath the other day, if you can call flapping around in damp dirt a dust bath. Those beautiful white feathers were sadly no more!
I've just put on a big pot of homemade baked beans (Boston style), in the slow cooker after being inspired by Linda at Greenhaven. I've used borlotti beans which I soaked overnight and simmered this morning (cannellini are what was called for in my book but this is what I had handy), then added worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, chopped bacon, tomato paste and a jar of peeled tomatoes. Oh and some chopped onions, too! I hope they're tasty, we'll have them on some homemade bread/toast for dinner - it's kids' activities tonight so something easy is needed..
And the yarn..do recall, from The Jumper?
I've been having a most wonderful time seeing it transform into a Tappan Zee cardi. I'm even enjoying seeing how the dyeing imperfections add to the character of the garment! I can't wait to wear it, it feels so cosy just sitting on my lap as it grows.
Hoping your day is keeping you warm and happy!