78.5 mph winds

Everything has been ‘all go’ on the farm for the last few weeks.   Dodge the Donkey has been having indoor 5 star service and is now thoroughly spoilt.  We let him out yesterday in the morning sunshine and he galloped down the hill out of sight.  By teatime the stormy weather had returned and he was waiting by the gate to be let in again!   He has, not one, but two, sheds that he can shelter in, but does he?   No, he prefers the indoor luxury of a stable and straw.   He shares this with the sheepdogs and it is very cosy.  The hens had a lucky escape.   They live in a little hut in the middle of the wood and a smallish branch came down onto their roof.   There was no damage and they laid me some eggs so cannot complain.   The duck pond has doubled in size so they are all very happy.   On the harp front I am enjoying ancient Christmas carols and gigs dressed as the Snow Queen.

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A Night at Black Dyke Mills with Seth Bennett, Dave Widdop and co

Really enjoyed the reception and venue last night – thank you Black Dyke Mills.   They weren’t joking – it was cold, but there were settees and comfy chairs where people were snuggled up under blankets with hot water bottles.  Lots of wine bottles and picnics at the chairs and tables.   Luckily they had a pa system as the space was vast and my expensive microphone decided to break alas … I have another one but it needs a mic stand which at the moment is being used as a ‘gibbet’ to dry a batch of hands for some more puppets we are making!  One of our parrots, Bennie, is still very sweetly saying ‘hello’ to the rabbits who now live opposite her!  She is absolutely fascinated and spends here time watching them from her low perch.  In the summer last year when we moved the parrots outside in the sunshine they were all quite happily chatting away to the hens who came to peck at any seeds thrown from the cages.