And so we are home. We arrived home safe and sound, if a bit exhausted, Tuesday night. Our neighbor, Michelle, who took care of our animals while we were in Ireland, was here. She was just writing a welcome home note when we arrived. It was nice to see her and to hear how much she LOVED taking care of the girls, and of course, the boys. Fergus was ecstatic to see us. There is nothing like a welcoming dog to make you feel loved. Merlin, on the other hand, was not sure what we were doing there since Michelle had already fed him. But we are used to that. He is a funny boy. I of course, went up to the coop to check on the girls. I knew that they had gone to bed, but I wanted to see them. They were snuggled in the nesting boxes but cooed quietly when they saw me. So all was well.
We spent most of yesterday doing laundry, buying groceries and cleaning. I did manage to gather a few greens to bring inside for Christmas. I will have to gather more though. Christmas should be festive!
Today, Todd, our chimney sweep came to build the brick hearth for our new wood stove. Very exciting.
And here it is. The bricks should be set by tomorrow morning….and completely dry by Saturday. Todd will return then to put the stove back and reattach pipe. And then we are set to go. I suspect we will be very cozy and warm by Saturday night…..
So I guess that things are pretty much back to normal at Brookwood Shire.