Blink and you’ll miss them… That’s certainly how the last two weeks of November and first two of December have felt here at the Sparrowholding. So here’s a quick compilation of photos of the local flora and fauna (including HunterGatherer!) taken over the past four weeks…
|We love this pretty pink shrub that flowers all winter in
the garden, though sadly we haven’t a clue what it’s called.
|Loch Leven (seen in the background of the photo above
is just over a mile and a half from our house). Stunning….
|This strawberry was growing in the polytunnel in the
third week of November – not a bad effort 🙂
|Same goes for this tomato – we harvested the last of them
in the third week of November, too. The chutney is busy
“ripening” in the jars as I type!
|Yikes! After yielding asparagus, carrots, parsnips, potatoes
grapes, herbs, strawberries, tomatoes, courgettes, spinach
and runner beans, the polytunnel looks exhausted!
HunterGatherer has some digging to do, methinks…
|Mid-November was “tupping time” – Mungo the Magnificent
Shetland ram was looking his best for the occasion.
|Initially most of the girls seemed quite interested…|
|But not everyone was that keen! HunterGatherer’s rugby
skills proved advantageous!
|Meanwhile, the postie arrived to find the track blocked
by our rudimentary sheep gates…
|Eventually everyone was where they should be, and
Mungo wasted no time in snatching a quick kiss!
|Couldn’t resist photographing this year’s wool – the
colours never cease to amaze me. So varied 🙂
|Someone was NOT amused at all the attention being
paid to the sheep.
|There’s always something needing done outside on the
Sparrowholding. Our wood-burning stove is a hungry
beastie, so HG has been wielding his axe.
|And the result of his hard labour means that we’ll stay warm,
come sleet, frost or snow.
|Heavy rain, followed by frost, left a huge skating rink in the
|The colder weather means that mice gravitate towards the house,
so FatCat is kept busy. Only I can’t bear to let him kill the poor
wee souls, so I set them free whenever I can! (Supergran tells
me that this slightly defeats the purpose…)
|The Sparrowholding by night during the festive period. The sheep are
slightly bemused. But then that doesn’t take much 😉