Winter Has Arrived

Winter, it appears, has arrived at Brookwood Shire…bringing snow, ice, frigid temperatures, grey skies and dark days.  A big change after the mild Fall we had,   and not my favorite season.  It is always a bit of a shock.

Luckily, most of our winter preparations were made before the really bitter cold came.

IMG_7585Our bird feeders are up and ready for hungry birds and squirrels  who may come by.

IMG_7594I have added straw to the big run…

IMG_7598…and to the little run.  It gives the girls something to do and it is a bit of insulation from the frozen ground.

IMG_7600The nesting boxes got more straw as well.  As you can see, Lucinda is now laying.  So far only Rowena and Lucinda are laying but I think Marigold is thinking about it….or was before it got so cold.  We shall see how it goes.

Since it is so cold outside, I have been focusing on the inside…time to make it all a bit festive.  My lovely neighbor had an abundance of holly from her holly bush and generously shared with everyone, so I had lots of holly in addition to my usual greens and winterberry.

IMG_7560The mantle looks so warm and welcoming with the holly, greens and candles.

The kitchen is also very festive…..

IMG_7569The fridge is even cuter with a bit of holly.

IMG_7570The shelf above the fridge.

IMG_7579Another shelf, above the coffee area.  You can see I have hung the measuring spoons that I got for the Irish cottage.  Nice to have a place for them here as well.

I redid the coffee area with Christmas dishes.

IMG_7606And I used the chicken canisters from Ireland.  

IMG_7607The shelves and cabinet together.

IMG_7571More holly by the sink.

And some on the island.

IMG_7545 Light for the dark days of winter.



And look who has decided it is too cold in the cellar.

IMG_7575He still hates Fiona but has figured out when she is asleep or in her crate and comes upstairs then.

IMG_7584He still loves “his” heater under the little cabinet in the kitchen and spends as much time as he can there.

IMG_7592Fiona still can’t understand why he won’t play with her.  Here  she is looking very grown up and dignified..Notice she has taken over “his” chair in the sun.

So despite the dark and the cold, Brookwood Shire is cozy and warm….and everyone is settling in.



About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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4 Responses to Winter Has Arrived

  1. Pam R says:

    Your Christmas decorations always look so lovely and inviting! Really nice job!

  2. The Shire is looking good! Fiona in Merlin’s chair??!? Yikes!
    He used to like to sit in the opening above the sink too. Does he still do that, or has he been living in the cellar all this time?

  3. Your little cottage always looks amazing no matter the season. I love the open kitchen cabinets, but I wonder does it take a lot of work to keep everything in them clean and dust-free?

  4. A lovely warm welcoming home. We have had a little snow here in Ireland too, a white Christmas is on the cards I hear.

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