Back on the farm.

I am home again. And like every time I come home  to the farm I am haunted by this little nursery rhyme.

To Market, to Market

To market, to market to buy a fat pig;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.

To market, to market, to buy a plum cake;
Home again, home again, market is late.
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun;
Home again, home again, market is done.

To market, to market, a gallop a trot,
To buy some meat to put in the pot;
Three pence a quarter, a groat a side,
If it hadn’t been killed it must have died

There are a few variations of course but this is the one I grew up with.

My Mum did not sing (due to a car accident when we were all very young) and she lost her singing voice so I grew up chanting nursery rhymes in her breathy low tone while other children grew up singing them.

This chant will run through my head for the day!

The sun is coming up. I will take a picture of the sunrise for you then get my work clothes on. Then the dogs and Camera House and I will begin the day. Tomorrow I should be able to bring you pictures of everyone.  Word is they have all done well in my absence. Which is as it should be.

The pigs will be glad I am home  as John has been feeding them at 4am  on the way to his work. So there will be plenty for me to do over next few days getting  their beds back up to date.

My trip was marvelous I feel quite refreshed and ready to go. And I am very grateful to all my guest posters.

The weather for the next ten days has sunshine and, except for tonight, will not go below freezing. So my first big job is to get the four middle sized pigs back out of the barn and into the rat house paddock with the root cellar.

One long weekend to California early next month – then I am home for another season so there is no need for everything to remain so simple.

My second big job this week is to sow the first wave of cabbages and brassicas.  They will grow on in their trays for a while.  I know that we will still get more wintry weather but I am going to prepare for an early spring just in case I get the opportunity. We have had such a mild winter here.

There is a high of 38f/3c forecast for today, a little bit of wind but nothing noteable.

Hard to believe that only yesterday I was breezing about London and the day before Milan and now I am back on the flat, flat, quiet, quiet prairies!

Life is grand.

I am looking forward to getting to work  and so I will get going now and be back with a decent post tomorrow.

Have a lovely day


42 Comments on “Back on the farm.

  1. Must feel so nice to be home Celie yet strange to be able to say – oh yes earlier in the week I was in Milan! My hubby had a short trip last year to Milan and drove across to Venice (without me – so unfair) – but now he says he wonders if it was all just a dream.

  2. At least in the Days of Yore, when we Yoreans travelled across the Big Pond to London, Paris & Italy we sailed 5 days on ocean liners, time to get our minds around the far far distance we were going. Welcome back home, Celi, which was only a sleep away after all. I enjoyed each of your guest bloggers so much.

  3. I am sure you left just yesterday or was it the day before. Time flies! Welcome home C. Happy settling into your routine.
    Love from a sweltering 34 deg C Sundays River.
    🙂 Mandy xoxo

  4. Safely home, welcome back to the New World! Looking forward to catching up on photos of the critters. Thanks to all the guest bloggers, they did a great job!

  5. We have been promised a cyclone in the next couple of days … we wait with bated breath! Welcome home so very happy you weren’t trumped 🙂 Laura

    • Oh yes, very good you didn’t get trumped… I hadn’t remembered that till I just read Laura’s comment. Any trouble coming through Immigration? ~ Mame 🙂

  6. Welcome home! Loved reading about your trip and enjoyed the guest bloggers. Thanks for having them.

  7. Welcome home from a terrific holiday! I thoroughly enjoyed all your postings, but suspect you’re happy to return to the mundane for a while at least. And I feel certain all your critters will be happy as little mice in cheese too. A bright sunny day here today but not as mild as your temps… will not get above freezing till Saturday then appears it will really warm up at least for the balance of the week, which hopefully will wash away this great dump of snow we had last weekend. Hope you have a great day! ~ Mame 🙂

  8. We used to sing that rhyme too- but just to the jiggity- jig part. I think it must not be a well known nursery rhyme because when I sing the rhyme to those outside my family I’m usually met with blank stares- you know the one- like I just fell out of a tree. So glad to see you home- jiggity- jig!

  9. Nice to have you back refreshed and renewed from your recent escapade. I truly enjoyed the gift of the guest writers, it was a treat to wander elsewhere for a bit.

  10. How you managed a post after flying an ocean and driving home in the middle of the morning I will never know, but you the fact that you surprise me is no surprise at all! Welcome home. (It was so lovely having you.)

  11. Welcome home! Looking forward to hearing about the homecoming your farm-mates gave you. I bet Boo was happy and Sheila relieved.

  12. Welcome back! I’m so glad you had a good trip. I don’t remember learning that little ditty as a child. Enjoy your not so cold day. I”m sure the animals will be very glad to see you.

  13. Glad that you came home safe and every thing there is ok! I liked being able to accompany on your trip, it was marvellous even if only virtual. Welcome back home, Celi. Looking forward to your tomorrow’s post to get all the news from our beloved Farmy members, who sure are all very happy to have you back…

  14. Bravo, John! Your 4 a.m. feedings allowed us to travel, but I for one am glad to be back home. Did Ton wake you up, or was it the pigs’ barking?

  15. I bet John is relieved. It will take a few days to get things back in order. Go slow and enjoy the feel of being welcomed home. 🙂

  16. So happy all went well for you throughout . . . but, oh dear, I would have loved it to have been a longer journey of fun and discovery . . . in my mindset you only just left 🙂 !!

  17. Welcome everyone knows, no matter how grand the trip was..there is no place like home!

  18. Welcome Home Miss C!
    When I travel home from wherever I have been, my family and/or friends get a text “Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-Jog” to let them know I have arrived safely.

  19. Life is grand – ands to be able to sample it all is grand indeed. (I love that piggy nursery rhyme and had been bouncing a baby to it this week. Had forgotten the last stanza – thanks)

  20. Denise > Me too! Just home, and I’ve been chit ting potatoes, sowing seeds in trays and pots, pruning fruit bushes. Whilst I was away, J shifted tonnes of compost out into the growing areas, and particularly to where we’ve just now together planted out black- and red currant bushes grown from cuttings. Lovely to have the ‘season’ ahead to encourage us, isn’t it? Glad you’re home, Celi – but also your future travels to look forward to.

  21. I read this version in a newspaper somewhere… To market to market to buy a fat pig, the butcher’s gone vegan he gave me a fig!

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