♥ HAPPY BIRTHDAY LYRA - 2 TODAY!!! ♥
However, we didn't quite reckon on the dubious welcome waiting for us. Unsuspecting, P emptied the car while I put the kettle on and then started to stash away the food that P was bringing in. Insert loud scream here... On focusing on the kitchen proper I noticed that every counter was covered in mouse droppings, the sink and drainer included, they'd even been in the toaster! We'd made a huge effort over the summer to stop any potential routes of entry and had thought the house was now as mouse-proof as it could possibly be. Then what happens - the worst mouse (or vole as it happens here) invasion ever!
An hour-long cleaning session followed and I thought that was that, but when I went into the bedroom to put my clothes away, I noticed they'd even got upstairs and had eaten the feet, hands and nose off a teddy bear, the fringes off a rug, they'd been making free in the bath and when I raised the loo seat, horror of horrors, there was even one floating in the pan!!! Insert yet another loud scream here. Hoover in hand, another bout of cleaning ensued - only consolation was that at least it helped warmed us up.
|Arlo thinks he can smell a mouse!|
|Django's keeping watch!|
When P went to put on some music, he was exceedingly annoyed (understatement!) that they'd even nibbled his best headphones. However, three cheers for the cats, as soon as they were let out of their baskets they were immediately on the case and quickly caught three. I'll spare you the pictures, but is this not the get-in from hell?
Luckily we'd brought our supper with us - veggie cottage pie with a mixed root mustard mash topping. We'd stopped at a farm shop on the way to stock up on vegetables, so all I had to do was braise a savoy cabbage with tomatoes, soy sauce and balsamic and it wasn't long before we were eating our, by then, well-deserved supper. Couple of glasses of wine went down very well too.
We woke up to a glistening frosty morning with the low-lying sun throwing rainbows all round the kitchen. Wow, almost wishing we hadn't bothered to come the night before, but I wouldn't have missed this for the world.
|Full spectrum, couldn't have painted it better|
|House leeks and thyme|
When we were buying the house, the seller delighted in telling us we were buying into God's own land. We took it with a pinch of salt at the time, there are many beautiful places, but it's true to say that whatever season, the landscape's never failed to be a feast for the eyes over the fifteen years we've lived here.
Will finish on a high note. Had a merry evening round at a friend's home recently. I was invited to join her in making a Christmas wreath, but I hadn't realised that Cathryn is no normal wreathmaker, she's a MASTER WREATHMAKER! We were incredibly industrious, oiled by the odd glass of the not-so-hard-stuff during the several hours of cutting and wiring lavender, bay, holly, ivy and cypress greenery from Cathryn's garden. But how proud was I when we'd finished our two wreathes.
Our front door has never before been bedecked with such fabulous opulence!