Halloween 2016 round ours

We spent a lovely Halloween with neighbours and family.  We invited our only neighbours round, there’s one family from over the fields and the other 2 lots live close to us.  My lovely parents came too.  I cooked for everyone and those who wanted a drink brought some booze and nibbles.  I made pea soup (witches brew), Thai pumpkin soup (seasonal of course), pumpkin and chickpea curry, chilli con carne, sausages (20 glazed, 20 plain) with jacket potatoes and a wholegrain mustard mayo, plus a whole host of breads, salad and sides.  It went down a storm and I will be doing the sausage glaze and soups again.  I’ve yet to try the curry and I wasn’t overly fussed on the chilli, even though everyone else loved it.  The kids ate all of the plain sausages as expected.  Steven painted faces (adults too!), he has a fantastic creative side.  I made sure everyone was fed and watered and I took great pleasure in looking round our kitchen, warmed by the Aga, decorated in Halloween items and knowing that friends and family seemed to be really enjoying themselves in our “new” home.  It really does feel such a cosy, welcoming house.  So our first Halloween was a very happy one.  It’s an excuse to get together if nothing else…..as Steven did point out that we didn’t used to celebrate Halloween in the previous house haha!
Here’s some pics which we’d love to share with you.


The front of our house (which we never ever use normally!)


Trying to be a serious vampire

Matching spiders.  3 generations, me, mum & Grace

We also had some potentially very exciting news which we’re hoping to know more on soon….watch this space J

We’ve sold…. 6 weeks, 4 days and counting before we can move in though!

I feel like the Tasmanian devil or whatever that whirlwind cartoon is called!  I haven’t stopped.  However we have some fantastic news:


What a huge relief.  I cannot beging to tell you how stressed we have been over the last feww weeks or so.  I can feel it melting away though I have been left with the worst headache!

We don’t actually move in until 15th January but we are counting the days 1 by 1.  Currently we’re living at a family member’s house who is working out of the country for the most part of that time, so we’ve very lucky in that respect.  Having said that it isn’t easy to up sticks into temporary accomodation, only to do it again in 6 weeks and 4 days!

So in the mean time, we now need to order the stables, plan the deliveries required to get the horses to the farm and think about what livestock we will want and when. 

I’m going to keep a notebook with me for the next few weeks as I have a feeling “good ideas” will come at the most inappropriate times.

Let the countdown begin!

I thought I better post something to let you know we haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, though at times it’s felt like it.  Over the last few weeks to month or so we have been in a state of turmoil with the sale of our house.  The buyer’s mortgage had a condition on it meaning they needed an extra report completing on our house.  After lots of sleepless nights, upset and general stress we have finally heard from our buyer that they are now ready to proceed.  Finally!!  We are over the moon!

So now the packing in earnest begins.  We’re moving everything from the top of the house to the bottom, specifically the dining room.  It’s hard to know what to pack and how – it has been a while since we last moved!  As I’m packing the boxes, my mind if drifting off to what meals we can cook in the farm house kitchen and how we will get on using the Aga.

Hopefully the Christmas decorations will be going straight up if we move in this side of Christmas!  Saves on the dusting anyway :).