Older and Wiser

Sadly its that time of year again.  I am another year older.  I have been a bear with a sore head the last few days with the realisation that yes, I will be another year older again.  And sadly I cannot stop time.

But then one has to get old gracefully and I woke up this morning full of acceptance of the fact that I am not a year older, but a year wiser.

Now I currently live in a house where there is only 1 shared bathroom and no en-suite.  And it is currently freezing at night.  If you know me, you will know that I don’t do the cold gracefully and I get cold very quickly.

So I woke up this morning, needing to pee.  Something I have to do every morning before I do anything else.  I desperately need to empty my bladder.  And the thought of getting out of bed and putting a gown on so I can tip toe to the other side of the house, freezing, so I can do my business did not appeal to me.Thought

It then dawned on me why adult diapers were invented (That new little bit of wisdom kicking in)

Wonder if I could rock them in the bedroom?

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Have a good Friday all.

Ciao

 

 

Just Add a Little Sugar

I have been feeling a little low these past 2 days.  No particular reason, just struggling with the motivation to do things and get things done – and believe you me there is a lot to do on the farm.

So I lay in bed this morning, I lay in for a little longer than usualtrying to find the energy to get up, and it dawned on me, I am a Sunshine kinda girl.

I love blue skies and sunlight.  And to make me even happier, add a few Sunflowers.

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Blue Skies, Sunshine and Sunflowers

And the sky has been overcast the last 2 days and this affects my mood more than I realise.  

So I’ve dragged myself out of bed and decided to play some happy music.  One of our favorites is Sugar Sugar by the Archies.  We play it almost every morning on the way to work.  Very difficult arriving at the office in a bad mood ready to shout at people after listening to this.

Hope it makes you all feel a little happier too.

Ciao

 

 

The Best Aged Whiskey

Day 2 of Lockdown… Yesterday.

We started yesterday morning planting some new seedlings.  I’m not used to bending this much and I definitely felt my age this morning getting out of bed.  Everything ached and creaked.

We only hobby farm nowadays but thought with the Apocalypse upon us, we should probably make some effort to get a few veg in the ground.  If not for us, then certainly to assist the local market in case imports are affected with border closures.

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Shortly after planting, and taking a well deserved break, we noticed that Horsey (aka Whiskey) was not herself.  She was staying in her stable and not roaming around as usual.  Occasionally she wondered out and just lay on the grass, but not making any effort to eat.  She was also sweating up a storm.

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Now Whiskey is an old lady of 30 years.  So she has had a pretty good life so far and she now roams around the farm freely, doing as she wishes.  So when we noticed she wasn’t feeling herself, we thought this may sadly be the end.

The farm is a small community of close friends so we rallied the troops to get some advice from all.  We have a number of horses on the farm so everyone is familiar with horses and their ailments.

After lubed up arms bring shoved down her read end and a few other pokes and prods, she was given some meds and all we could do was give her lots of love and hope she pulls though.

We sat with her on the grass for most of the day, giving her lots of scratches and tickles and making her feel loved.

We got up early this morning to find Whiskey laying on our front porch, still alive and well.  She is roaming around this morning.  Still not herself, still not eating, but is drinking water voluntarily.  All good signs and can only hope that she is on the mend.  She is definitely staying close to us and not venturing far off.

Not sure what the day will bring yet.  Getting quite a but done on the farm and in the house over the last few days.  But as it’s Sunday, perhaps we deserve a rest.

Touching base with family and friends is important so will make it my mission today to reach out to a few.  See how they are, and have a virtual coffee catch-up.  Hope you will all do the same.

Happy Sunday all.

Ciao

 

 

 

So Is It the End of the World … or The Beginning

Once upon a time, in the beginning… People had the time to make things from scratch rather than just buying them from the store and it’s so nice to have the time on our hands to do just that –  go back to basics and do things the old fashioned way where we can.

KegSo we decided to make Waragi, a Banana Brandy.  My other half has been dying to try and make some ever since a friend made Morula Beer a few weeks back.

He managed to find a keg and of course the challenge was on to see what he could do with it and spent a few hours taking it apart and making a new contraption for the top part of it.

So he’s finished the first part of a making a stil to get the fermenting process going.

 

We spent hours peeling, cutting and boiling up bananas.

And adding the necessary ingredients (Sugar).

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And it has then gone into our converted keg for the fermenting process.

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And now we wait a few days before starting the actual distilling process…

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And in the meantime… a second bucket has appeared.  We’re making Lemonchello with all the lemons and limes falling off the trees on the farm.

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And I’m making banana bread from all the left over bananas.

Who knew I could be this domesticated.

Hope I can come up with something equally exciting to do tomorrow.

Ciao

 

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

Good Morning Good Morning

Woke up to a whole new world today – Day 1 of total LOCKDOWN due to COVID-19.

I haven’t blogged for quite some time due to time pressures but suddenly find I have all this spare time on my hands, so thought what better way than to touch base with my old blogging friends (Knock Knock – Hope you are all still out there) and start blogging again.

I will be endeavoring to write a new post everyday for the next 21 days of Lockdown.

The Lockdown is not anything any of us could foresee and it will be the end of most of our businesses and possibly my own.  We have had to put 125 people off work this week as we cannot afford to pay them if we are unable to work.  So feeling a little sad that it has all come to this.  But I am not going to harp on about this dreadful disease, there is enough hype about it all without me adding to it.

So in amongst all this madness, I find myself home on our farm – my little piece of paradise.  Feeling less stressed.  Woke up with a smile after a good night sleep.  Reached out for our JBL Xtreme 2 Bluetooth speaker and what better way to start the day than with some music.

Opening song –

Got out of bed, got dressed and decided to wash dishes and found myself dancing to:

So yes, life is good!

Will be looking for things to blog about everyday.  Definitely going to take advantage of the time on my hands and find something new and interesting to do each day.

The first is going to be about us making some Banana Brandy (Ugandan Waragi).

So leaving you with an alternative version to It’s the end of the world as we know it – Enjoy!

 

Ciao