Fortunately my children don't need much encouragement to go outside and play, even when it's icy and cold. If anything, it's me that needs motivation to go out and today there was plenty. The view (which is always beautiful) was stunning this morning. We had been playing with water, leaves and herbs in old pots and pans yesterday and I wanted to see if Jack Frost had turned them into frozen sculptures. He had and they looked lovely. Here, have a look...
Here is a picture of a cheeky chicken legging it after she had tried to peck the berries out of the ice discs. She didn't get them that time but she came back when we were elsewhere and scoffed the lot.
The apples are the last batch we are preparing. We were generously given many loads and we are spending the morning peeling, coring and storing for wintertime. So far we have made applesauce, apple pies, apple juice, apple crumble (of course) and frozen many bags too.
My landlord popped in and was most impressed with our ice sculptures, as are we. We have made some more for tomorrow morning, this time we have gone really big. We have borrowed one of the duck ponds, much to their protest, emptied and cleaned it up. The boys are busy filling it with colourful leaves, berries and any other nature goodies they can forage from the garden. Unlike many people throughout England, we are now really looking forward to a hard frost in the morning.
Bring it on Jack.