A White Christmas?

We've had an unusual cold snap. Outside it was 11degC (it had gotten down to 2degC overnight) and frigid rain was falling. It isn't autumn or winter here. I found myself making Christmas decorations with the fire going and listening to 'White Christmas', 10 days out from the first month of Summer, and I thought,…

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Mowing And Mulching

When you wake up to the sound of rain, knowing you finished mowing the lawns and mulching a pruning mountain yesterday, it's a great feeling. Checking the weather forecast is a key part of country life. I like to maximise fine days by getting outdoor tasks done and plan indoor tasks and shopping trips for…

Doors And Dirt

At last, the painting of the front door is over! I didn't think it would take so long. That is always the way with a small child on the loose. It has been an interesting juggling act. As I was finishing up tidying around the edges of the glass panes, I looked up to see yet…

Being Productive in The Sweltering Heat

I'm not sure what happened to Spring. Did it even come? We basically went from rain overload to stinkin' hot and dry. Oh, Spring, Spring, wherefore art though, Spring? December is usually fairly mild here and Christmas is traditionally cloudy and sometimes rainy, which is quite acceptable to me. But this Summer arrived with a…