Some readers may have noticed that I always use the name of a song as the title for my blog posts. This week is no different. Africa is the song choice for this week … chosen by Son No1 as it’s a song he’s enjoying teaching himself to play on the piano. It’s also highly applicable as it bears no relevance to anything that’s happened in GGHQ this week … it’s not been a bad week, not at all, but it’s probably best described in this way …
Early on in the week while we were out exploring we found these teeny, tiny frogs. There were so many of them hopping about around our feet and we’re all hoping we made it home without reducing the frog population at all. The boys managed to catch some and hold them, they were the smallest frogs I think I’ve ever seen. Son No3 was keen to bring one home as a pet but, thankfully, he realised we don’t have a pond and couldn’t dig one quickly enough so the idea was abandoned … phew!
The chickens have been on house (run) arrest this week as they were having routine worming treatment. This meant that they weren’t allowed any treats which did not go down well. We’ve all been grumbled at and told off by the girls and if we went near them we were pecked. Thankfully tomorrow is the last day and Monday we’ll be back to normal. Beryl the Peril however, whilst voicing her dis-satisfaction, has proved that a week without treats has done no harm and produced these two massive eggs for us … I can’t help but think it must hurt!
Garden wise everything is rumbling along nicely, the last of the leeks were planted and we used an improvised tub having run out of proper tubs to use and being too mean to buy any more. We picked the last of our raspberries and Mr GG added them to some delicious wild raspberries picked by my parents to make some jam. It is SO good! We also harvested the peas … which is a fancy way for saying we got half a dozen and rather than going from farm to table it was more a case of farm to mouth!
Our simple living efforts continue and this week I tried semi-drying excess tomatoes we had left over from the veg box we got from a local farm. Personally they’re not my taste, I prefer tomatoes fresh but Mr GG seems to think they’re delicious and I’ll admit they look nice in the jar.
Halfway through the week the Junior GGs mentioned the ‘bored’ word … I’m surprised that they’ve not yet learned how dangerous this word is to use. I always find something for them to do, something they’d probably not choose … this time I set them to stripping the walls in the living room. Now, this wasn’t planned. Not at all. To be fair, the living room is crying out to be redecorated but decorating is just a bit bigger a job than we’d anticipated at the moment. However, the boys took on the challenge and we’ve now got paperless walls. I’d forgotten how much fun stripping walls is so I think Mr GG is hoping they don’t mention the ‘bored’ word again next week or we’ll start stripping the hall.
I have finally dug out my knitting once again and set to making some more squares for a patchwork throw I’ve been working on for, at least, a couple of years. It’ll probably never make it to ‘throw’ stage as, the squares are all different sizes and I hate the sewing part … I keep promising myself to start sewing a couple together each week but something more exciting always distracts me. Nevermind though, I enjoy knitting and feel ridiculously proud of the different patterns that can be made. I’ll never become so dedicated to simple living that I start knitting jumpers for the boys so they can rest easy on that score. Little knitting projects are fine for me! I just seem to have a problem with the finishing part!
So, all is happy in GGHQ, life doesn’t work out as we always anticipate it and we go off on random tangents from time to time but the kettle is always on and we love it when folks drop in for a cuppa … hint hint!