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.
Our bird feeders are up and ready for hungry birds and squirrels who may come by.
I have added straw to the big run…
…and to the little run. It gives the girls something to do and it is a bit of insulation from the frozen ground.
The 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.
The mantle looks so warm and welcoming with the holly, greens and candles.
The kitchen is also very festive…..
The fridge is even cuter with a bit of holly.
The shelf above the fridge.
Another 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.
And I used the chicken canisters from Ireland.
The shelves and cabinet together.
More holly by the sink.
And some on the island.
Light for the dark days of winter.
And look who has decided it is too cold in the cellar.
He still hates Fiona but has figured out when she is asleep or in her crate and comes upstairs then.
He still loves “his” heater under the little cabinet in the kitchen and spends as much time as he can there.
Fiona 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.