"There ought to be Gardens for all Months in the year, in which, severally, things of Beauty may be then in season."
- Sir Francis Bacon
- Sir Francis Bacon
Is there such a thing as a cottage farm? I don't know, but that is how I like to think of our little homestead. I'm already dreaming of our spring garden. Soon it will be time for those seed catalogs to arrive and then I can spend time pouring over my wish list with a cup of tea and a dog in my lap! We plan to expand our garden a bit this year, but of course we never really know how things will turn out..what will grow, what won't, what will get eaten my bugs, too much rain, too little, too hot...
but we'll hope for the best.
Our three new hens have started laying eggs. Our three older girls will wait til' spring. So now we have Charlotte, Lizzy, Marianne, Buttercup, Penelope and Miss Pittypat. They all have very different personalities, from Bossy Charlotte (the leader of the pack) to not so bright Lizzy, shy Marianne, boisterous Buttercup, lovable Penelope and then there is the oh so ladylike Miss Pittypat.
Lizzy is molting, which is why she looks a bit bedraggled.
I must admit I love our Girls for their quirkiness and the fact they provide mighty tasty breakfasts! Not to mention we don't have to buy eggs anymore.
This is the jean jacket I picked up at the thrift store.
I plan on using this lace one way or another to pretty it up.
This Christmas is very laid back. We didn't do much shopping aside from a few toys for grand baby, and one or two things for each kid. My daughter and I are planning a cookie baking day on Wednesday, baking sugar cookies, chocolate chip as well as making peppermint bark. We don't go in for much variety since none of us have much of a sweet tooth.
I don't know if it is just me, but I haven't been in a particularly Christmassy mood this year. I've noticed not has many houses are decorated in my neighborhood either. About this time, I usually get a bit burnt out on Christmas cheer anyway.
I'm looking forward to January and those garden catalogs.