Well Christian Gleaner from 1825 who said "a change of work is as good as play" which is interestingly the earliest origin that can be found for this phrase, not sure that I completely agree with you. I suppose in a sense some muscles and joints in my body did have a rest this week, however there were other muscles and joints that then made their presence felt after I had made my way once again up the grassy, muddy slope carrying yet another roll of fencing. I must add at this point that I only survived the week with assistance from a very good, friend and my children who all toiled with me through the rain moving fences, sheep and finding sheep that had gone walkabout to the neighbours.
My husband abandoned me for drier, foggier climes in Yorkshire this week to have his first holiday in 4 years. Well abandoned is not precisely correct, I, like a fool, encouraged him to go away thinking that the weather would be reasonable and I would manage perfectly well for a week. Did anyone notice the weather this weekend? We had hail and a thunder storm on Saturday and fairly solid rain from Thursday through till Monday.
He went on a sausage making course for some inspiration and ideas, to the sea in Bridlington to visit friends and then Essex(?). Whilst in Essex, again visiting friends, he runs into Jimmy of Jimmy's Farm fame and has a chat. Whilst recounting his adventures with TV celebs, I was distracted with concern for whether he had completed the shopping list he was given.... 9 and a half out of ten was his result. For some reason despite my having spent a year working for a sherry company in Spain many moons ago, I have been unable to educate him in the differences of each type of sherry. I should be grateful however, that at least he came back with a bottle of Spanish sherry rather than an imitation and that more importantly than that he remembered the tea bags.
Number 3's eyes nearly fell out of her head at the mountain of chocolate that came in from the car, so I won't tell her yet that it is only the half of it as the rest is stashed for Christmas.
Talking of Christmas there are a few markets we will be attending locally.
Sunday 30th November- La Giraudiere, 16480 Brossac.
Sunday 7th December Manoir de Longeveau, between St Séverin and Aubeterre 16390.
Sunday 14th December Duras Christmas Market, 47120
See you all soon
I am farming sheep and goats on the Dordogne/Gironde border with my husband and our 3 children. We have an on farm butchery and sell our meat direct to the public via the markets and delivery points in our local area