My daughter who lives in Melbourne, Australia and her boyfriend Jack have been here for a very fast visit on their way to Mexico to climb some cliff faces.
So what better work to do than help your Mum by replacing a couple of windows in a barn, that came down in a storm not long ago, and the barn face looks blind without them. An excellent job for strong climbers.
The windows are way up high in the North side of the West barn – only a tiny challenge for these young people. These two climb together often and are totally equal on a wall – instructing and guiding each others feet with verbal commands in gentle voices. Even for a short climb like up a barn wall they prepare, plan and use their hands and feet efficiently. I love watching them work together.
The sweetest thing for them was that yesterday my new layers came. Twenty-five white Leghorns. Three days old. The suppliers sent me a batch quick quick so we could slide them in before it got cold again. So they took the job of dipping each little beak into the water and placing them in the box under their heating tables.
And this morning is blowing and cold and wintry.
Here is the weather:
So today will be cold. Never mind. The chicks are all safely in their box and sleeping under their heated table and I have family sleeping in a warm room in my house. I must take the joy and run with it and try not to think of tomorrow when they will be gone again and travelling far away.
Being an immigrant to a country means that we miss our families unless we are lucky enough to be able to bring our families out to live with us. I think sometimes people forget that immigrants are often just sad, and always feeling around at the hole in their bellies left by absent loved ones. (I actually hate that term “loved ones” but I cannot think of a better word this morning).
And today we have a full day and one more all night together. Which will be wonderful! So off I go!
Have a lovely day.