We are busy getting ready for the journey back to up to Lewis, so a short blogging break is about to ensue. This trip back down was extended by a couple of weeks due to our old dog becoming ill. We thought were going to lose him, but after some skilled vetinary attention and some tlc, he is again as large as life. Well, considerably smaller actually - he had picked up a skin infection and his coat had to be shaved off ! So, he is joining us at the croft a few months earlier than planned. Things are a bit hectic here right now, as we work out how to accomodate the belongings we want to take with us, as well as the sewing machine, which is about to go into constant use, lots of fabric, a large batch of James's toys, books and craft stuff, the juicer, the preserving pan and other bulky cooking items, several dozen jars of jam, jelly and other produce from this garden, etc, etc, and now a large dog in a crate! So, amongst all the hustle and bustle, it is nice to remind myself of things that have made me smile over the last few days - like the simple beauty of a bowl of hawthorn berries from the garden;
or the weirdly fantastic fractal pattern in this romanesco broccoli, bought at the farmer's market on Saturday.
As the garden beds empty or are sown with green manure - the postman brings the excitement and promise of our best ever season yet!
and an early frost finds a small boy with no gloves to wear. My elder son, home for the weekend, happily offers to hold my wool as I wind - a task he has always loved - but now he helps me with the hands of a grown man. His younger brother,small boy hands now warmly mittened, can happily ride his trike around the garden tomorrow.
But, the sun comes out, and the gloves are off again - and the socks and shoes! Hands and toes playing in the sweet earth, chasing the hens - such wonderful, living playthings. Well, the girls will lose their playmate for another few weeks, as we move back up to the Island. Excitement is building - now the croft is really, officially ours, and we can make a proper start. See you there!