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Not Guilty

Besides having a very intermittent internet at the moment our appliances are mostly all poorly.  Today a long awaited visit from a washing machine repair man happened.  The company do not give a specific time to expect their engineer, instead giving a broad scope of about 6 hours during which time he will call.

So, I let the puppies out as usual and walked the dogs and fed everyone etc etc.  All clean and tidy and ready to start again.  I let out the puppies and THE MAN arrived.  Fortunately THE MAN likes dogs and has a sense of humor (essential).  He stood by the barn helpless with laughter as I tried to catch 44 puppies!!  9 pups turn into 44 whenever you want them in one place I have discovered!

Finally everyone in the kitchen.  THE MAN went about his work in the barn without help.  After a while I thought it was very quiet in the kitchen and decided to check on the pups.  Rearrangement extraordinaire!!  BUT you understand it was none of these…..

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Definitely NOT Doris

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DEFINITELY NOT Wurzel

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Nor Blue

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Certainly NOT Ivy

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Harris is no where to be seen?

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And everyone else has been sleeping ALL the time

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And having sister cuddles, so it simply could NOT have been Wilma.

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So how did it happen?

Nobody knows!!

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Parties

I started this post yesterday with the words ‘yesterday’!!  BUT the internet went down and then today we had a major long power cut and that, quite frankly, was that!!

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So now we have to try again and hope that this time things will happen in the right direction!

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Sunday was cold but mainly dry.  This was a good thing because my youngest grandchild was 2!  Actually she was 2 on Friday but she was happy to be 2 again here with us!!  We had birthday cake which was yummy………..

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We had balloons and lots of fun.  BUT the BEST fun was the puppies who were extremely pleased that Freya was 2 too!!  They joined in the fun and games with tremendous and undying enthusiasm! 

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The garden was full of children and puppies and lots of joyful noises.

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After quite a while everyone was exhausted, especially the grown ups, who dont look cute so I did not take any pictures!

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Autumn Activities

What a stunning start to Autumn! Unfortunately after a fabulous show at Yarndale I have been poorly. Really hit for six. Sniffling and dribbling and unable to swallow, totally miserable in fact. AND totally drained of energy or motivation.

However, today I took the dogs for a lovely stroll round the valley. We picked Sloes for gin and Blackberries for crumbles. We came back with 2 gorgeous bags full.

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I then picked the Crabapples from my tree plus the Rowan berries along with some herbs I have in the garden. I collected some Quince from my neighbour and started some fruit jellies. The colours are gorgeous and are equally matched with the glorious smells coming from my kitchen. Warm Autumn comforting smells………..

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I always love making jellies and make some each year. I have learnt that the hedgerow ones are the richest in colour and taste. I experiment with the brewing up stage and add all sorts of things to give the jellies a depth in taste and colour which reflects the time of year in which the fruits were collected.

Tomorrow the jellies will be drained and set and I hope for a row of fabulous coloured jars and a cottage full of Autumn smells.

Yarndale was an amazing show. Yorkshire is stunningly beautiful and the folk up there are so incredibly friendly and warm. I was inspired. Three of the dogs came too and had beautiful walks with brand new smells and LOTS of water!!

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 Of course I have also been spinning – my friend’s Wensleydale cross Kerry:

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Everyone is glad to be home, some more than others!

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