Thursday, 23 March 2017

Books, Knitting, Cats, Sheep....

 Grown & Gathered is a blog and Instagram account I have enjoyed following along. So I was thrilled to read their book.
Is it a lifestyle I would want? Well, maybe when I was younger (If you ask our kids, they have often said they are grateful for their dad.... Who grounds me. They felt if it was not for him we would be living in a bus or commune...)
As for Matt and Lentil... I do not know if I could put so much work into land I do not own and then move on... but they are young.
Totally well worth reading the book and following their journey!

I'm up to the rib shawl collar of my Georgetown Cardi. I actually like rib knitting - With the slow methodical process I tend to get into quite a meditative state.
During my naturopath studies it is often recommended to meditate. But personally, meditation is not for me. I feel terribly guilty sitting when there is ALWAYS something to do. So meditation for me is knitting - I slow down, slow my breath and knit being in the moment without feeling guilty...  I am actually doing something. Weeding also gets me into the meditative zone.

I don't believe there is only one way to do anything.

Farm Stay guests....

Cleo - ebony Mandalay

Sheba - Seal Burmese

I feel extremely privileged to be looking after Sheba and Cleo. They will be 10 years old this year and are cats we have bred here (Laura/Lordy, Cinders/Lordy).
They have never ever been in a cattery. When their family go away friends have looked after them at their own home. So this is quite a BIG thing for these cats (and owners) - (I get that since I have only ever put one cat and one dog in boarding in my whole life)
I always leave the cats to settle in after a big car ride and then let them come out of their carry cage on their own terms when they are ready. I let them smell their new digs and then I go down later to let them meet me.... It works.
They are now settled, not quite moved on from their owners - but I know they are happy and we have had some lovely pats already.

Their view...  By the way thank you for all the ram names sent in... I did leave a comment that James has actually named this ram - Trump due to his orange tinted legs. We are not sure if it is his colouring or if it is pizzle stain. Anyway.... Trump is not up to the job and we will be moving him on.....


  1. beautiful cardi and such a cheerful color (for me in spring time!!)!

  2. As to meditation-------there's always more than one way to skin a cat!