My new helper has arrived.  She has quickly learnt how to drive the tractor and is helping clear out the dirty straw in the barn.  She has been working on farms all summer and is very adept at picking up new skills. Plus she likes my cooking.  Her name is Elise.


Welcome.  Elise. And hullo to her Mum too!


Lulu is overwhelmed. Every morning after breakfast if the day is warm and dry.( Though very little is dry.) LuLu will climb up her ladder and have a nap in the remains of the broken tree house far above the madness of halooing dogs. She is very good at climbing up and down ladders. I know a cat should be good at climbing but it always makes me smile to see a cat solemnly and with great determination, climb a ladder into a tree.

And my other arrival was the Proof of the Book.  Letters for my Little Sister.  It is beautiful. Initially I was too afraid to open it. I sat it in my lap and looked at the cover for a while. For this book to suddenly become an animalte object did not seem possible somehow. As though, if I opened it and laid eyes upon the words the paper pages would disappear in a puff of smoke and witchy laughter. But I have  opened it  now and I have checked it for any errors in the printing. It looks very good. So I have told the printers to begin.

I must once again thank Melissa Hassard for being such a stalwart companion in our journey collating these letters into a book. I could not have done it without her and her knowledge.

Today is Saturday. After the chores, Elise and I are off into town to buy the last of the materials for the chook house and a hundred or so postage bags for books!  WOW. My life feels pretty eclectic right now.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Your friend on the farmy,



37 Comments on “Arrivals

  1. Is it OK if I use the Husband’s Paypal account to pay for my copy of the book? We have the same last name so it shouldn’t be hard to work out who the money is from! Of course, to make that happen, he’ll have to remember all his account details… I’m very excited to see how this wonderful book looks!

    • Yes kate i am sure that will be fine, yours will be after the fact anyway as we will have to work out postage, which will be quite reasonable using our media rate.. c

    • Morning Mandy, all is well, hope you got a moment to reserve your copy in the orders page (go to menu and click on book orders) .. c

  2. Congratulations on being published – champagne is in order. Laura

  3. whoop whoop, the book is here! I think you were born for an eclectic life. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    Welcome Elise! You look right at home on that tractor. 🙂

  4. welcome Elise and I hope that you will enjoy your stay at the farmy as much as Miss C will enjoy having you…..and we shall enjoy reading about you

    • As soon as I have the books in my hand I will begin the process. We are setting up an assembly line and paypal is instant so we will do it then.. Probably early next week!.. c

  5. is it possible to put a door, about 1/2 inch bigger than your live trap in your chook house remodel?
    that way u can dispose easily of any unwelcome visiters,
    you can close door during safe times, or put trap in doorway during visiting season

  6. Wonderful that Elise has arrived to assist with your eclectic life. And I can imagine the “OMG, we actually did it!” feeling of holding the book. 🙂

  7. Woo hoo! I definitely want one! Hope it’s not too late. Congratulations, I cannot imagine how excited you it’s be.❤️❤️❤️

  8. Congratulations on your new baby Cinders! Oops I mean book! 🙂 How exciting! You are now a published author! And I have no doubt that you will sell every one of them!
    Welcome Elise! You will have so much fun on the Farmy!

  9. Hazzah! So very happy that the little spark of an idea you several months ago has now turned bright blue with flame!
    Speaking of kitties— mine goes up the ladder but down the slide.

  10. Good morning Celi… thank you for sending a little rain to the south! I am basking in the cooler temps and the earthy smell of moisture on soil this morning. Elise looks very confident on that tractor! I’m so happy you have her to help out and goodness – who wouldn’t love your cooking??

  11. Hooray for the book! I hope your sister loves it. I can’t wait to see my copy on the bookshelf!

  12. Ok, must be having a senior moment. I don’t know who LuLu is. Please refresh my memory. Good news about your book.

  13. Congratulations! I know that moment so well, and how full of trepidation it is, when the actual book takes shape and you hold it in your hands for the first time. I’m wondering if you’ll be able to bring some copies to NZ to save postage from USA?
    So glad you have another helper.

  14. Welcome, Elise! What a joy to see your willing helpers step up and run with it. What a blessing this must be–for both of you.

  15. Elsie looks like a real worker, have productive fun together. I am delighted about the book, I feel your excitement, Since I am away from home and out of routine, My visits to the farmy are short, but sweet. Just realised that I asked for three copies of the book, but never actually put my name on the list above, doing so now and hope it does not cause confusion. Hugs from Dublin where the sky is blue this morning and NOT cold!

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