Brrrrrrr! It is very chilly. I have just read the weather forecasters are predicting a White Christmas. Ooooh, I hope so. Next week we are set for Arctic conditions that are predicted to last until the New Year. We will see. It will make a change from the terrible floods we have seen again in the UK over the last few weeks. There were floods in Worcestershire, the county I live in, but personally I have not been affected by floods. A work mate could not make the journey to work and the village my brother lives in regularly has it's bridge closed due to floods. The only problem I have had is a very soggy back garden. It has been like a sponge. Each morning I have had to squelch squirch my way up to the chicken coop. Out they run. These chickens are happy to be alive whatever the weather.
'Lavender' is over her broody month and I am very happy to report she is back to her usual self. She is singing her pretty song again and bossing everyone around in the garden, chasing off the pigeons, magpies and blackbirds. She seems to be good pals with 'Rosie' which is nice. The two of them seem to be spending increasing amounts of time together. Rosie was lowest in the pecking order and the most attention needy where I was concerned. She is the one that likes to jump on me and climb onto my shoulder. I am only getting two eggs a day as Lavender has not resumed laying and somebody is laying an egg a day but the shell is so thin it is always broken. I have tried supplements and additions to the water but it has not helped. The egg itself is fine, but I cannot get them to the house without breaking them. I think it is indicating all is not as it should be with 'someone' I do not know who and as they all run around happily hoppitty skipping I am trying not to worry to much.
I gave Henry and his friend a lift to work this morning. Well, what is left of Henry:
Euan has been nagging me for months to use our 'Candle Making Kits'. Today was the day. He took all of the following 'Candle Making' photographs apart from the one of himself.
While we tried to wait patiently for our candles to set we did some baking. I made some bread rolls to eat with Homemade Pea and Ham Soup for dinner. We are determined to keep out the cold. Euan made our favourite 'Cookie Recipe' of the moment. He did a great job making 'Smartie Cookies'. We used this 'Nigella Lawson' recipe Here. They are a bit too quick and easy to make. Euan managed it by himself. I did the oven part. They made the house smell lovely and were a welcome tea break. Euan prefers 'warm cookies' with his cup of tea. I however am not fussy. . . a cookie is a cookie is a cookie. Eeeek cookies, Christmas and Weight Watchers do not mix very well do they?