My new sewing machine came today...delivered by an exceedingly cheerful sort of a chap who kept up a constant banter as he rooted about in the back of his van.
It's brilliant...the machine that is. Once I'd waded through page after page of instructions and still managed to wind vast amounts of thread round a virtually invisible spindle rather than on the bobbin. It took ages to carefully cut through it and then pick all the bits of thread out with tweezers...once I'd sorted that out it was pretty much plain sailing.
Then the postie brought a book I'd ordered from Amazon and a lecky bill which wasn't in the least bit scary so it was altogether an excellent morning...
But it's awful cold...there was a seriously sharp frost during the night which took quite a while to disappear even when the sun came out. There's a constant procession of various birds to the feeders I've scattered about...especially the one in front of the sitting room window which has been taken over by beautiful little Goldfinches...I noticed a male Chaffinch who comes to the bird table outside my shed has only one leg...he sort of hops using his belly as a prop...poor little thing won't last too long...the Hawks who fly overhead will no doubt home in on him.
Did I tell you about the Hen Harrier who sort of fell into the Pampas grass outside our bedroom window one day? Might have written about it on Multiply perhaps...he was hunting Sparrows then, but I saw him a couple of days later pinning a Jackdaw to the ground...so I wrote to the nature column in the Irish Independent because Hen Harriers are still rare and they fiddled about with what I'd written and spelt 'bate' as 'bait' I was cross!...When a bird 'bates' it spreads its wings right out to cover its prey...it isn't spelt 'bait' which is usually used to describe bait for fishing...like Jamie's pocketful of worms.
An Irish weather forecaster is full of gloom and doom saying we're going to have extremely severe frosts and heavy snowfalls and transport will be disrupted and schools closed...all this is going to happen in December and January apparently. Something to look forward to then...better make sure the larder is well stocked 'cos you can bet there'll be panic buying of everything once there's a little bit of snow on the ground...
Our youngest son lives in Northern Sweden where it's already been snowing heavily...he goes to work every day and the children all go to school...public transport carries on as normal and nothing closes down or switches off...she who bathes naked in icy Swedish lakes doesn't have to stockpile food in the larder because they can always get to the shops...
The last time we had a hard winter the local council had run out of grit for the roads after a week...there was no salt to be had anywhere and children stayed home from school for weeks. And they didn't go out and build snowmen or make slides on the ice...they stayed firmly indoors watching daytime telly and playing video games.
That dead chicken has thawed out so we'll be eating it tonight...I made a nut loaf for last night's supper...just in case you were wondering.