Tuesday 17 November 2015
My Day And His Day
Yesterday the sun shone, it was the promise of a lovely day,
I stripped the bed got is all washed and hung up to dry
Showered, put on some decent clothes, a rare treat for me.
Jennie was getting dropped off at mine by her husband
We then set off to meet up with some fellow bloggers at Newcastle Emlyn
We were last to arrive as we,
missed the turn off, we stopped on route for Jennie to take photos of the views
Pam and Maria were already seated, after introductions tea and toasted tea cakes ordered
We all chatted like old friends, Maria bought along some lovely packs of decorated mini pegs for us to share, Pam brought along a selection of perfumes that she was re-homing we all chose one
I took along some willow weaving kits left from shop stock for the girls.
After lots of chatter discussing blogs and bloggers, yes we were talking about you all, family, lifestyles interests, we headed out to shop
Cross Patch is were we headed, lots of lovely fabrics
Patterns and kits to browse though
choices to make on purchases
lots of beautiful samples for inspiration
I was taken with this tree done with fabric manipulation, and bought the kit
Purchases made, we browsed a few other shops were a few other purchases were made, then it was time to part and all go home,
It was lovely to meet up, unfortunately Louise couldn't make it so another meet has to be arranged and this time Louise will join us, we have all moved to SW Wales and we all know each other through blogs and have a lot in common.
While I was out with the girls, Martin collected Lambert who had gone to slaughter,
He was becoming a bit of handful and it was time for him to go.
He was 18 months old and classed as a Hoggett.
Martin spent the day butchering the carcass into various cuts, with the help of a few books and you tube.
This was the first time we had reared a lamb and its been a learning curve, until today we didn't know what the meat would be like.
And it looked fab, these are some of the leg joints
And the chops not at all like those scrawny fatty things the supermarkets call chops.
There was also shanks and bags of stewing meat, rolled breast, shoulder joints.
We also had the skin back which is now in the freezer I want to have a go at tanning it hopefully in the early spring when I have a bit of time.
The freezers are now all full to bursting, we still have pork from our own pigs, home reared ducks and now lamb, in a few weeks we have a couple of cockerels to do and then it will be the Turkeys.
We have plenty of vegetables from the garden in the freezers and in store, there are also vegetables still growing. Food we are not short of.
We had some of the chops for dinner last night with potatoes and peas served with a mint gravy all produced on our little ranch :-)