Monday, 6 August 2007

Counting socks

Listening to: Beautiful Day (The Levellers)
Reading: The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency (John Seymour)
Eating: toast

The weather doesn't muck about up here, It's chucking it down, the wind throwing great bucketfuls of water through the kitchen window.

There's a stream running through the barn from back door to front and my 79-year-old father-in-law has ignored the suggestion that we sit back, enjoy another cup of coffee and wait until the rain stops before dealing with the problem.

He's stumbled out, Captain Oates-style with a shovel to dig out some rudimentary form of drain to guide the flood away from the buildings. I'll be out with the lifebelt as soon as I've finished this.

The Government's attempts to sabotage the UK's farming industry have forced us to put the pig thing on the back-burner for the time being and go for plan B - yes, I was surprised we had one as well.

We've cleared a small stone building behind the house, stripped the area around it and will fence it off this week, ready to welcome half-a-dozen hens. I also spent a couple of happy hours rescuing some fruit bushes in the 'veg garden' from the 5ft nettles that were choking them. The rear of the house, which was totally overgrown after years of neglect, is actually starting to look like we might know what we are doing.

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