We have had a lovely day today. There are only a few remnants of snow left and after a stunning sunrise the sun came out and the warmth is just what we need. It wasn't long before Dave had his top off and then there was the whole reveal of legs as the shorts were dusted off. He has been desperate to get outside and do some jobs so today he has been buzzing around all over the place. The first job was to bang some nails in the new roof before staining the dry bits. Then it was off to start on a cold frame in the raised area by the big gates. He is using the windows which came out of the bedroom when it was blocked up to make way for the door and stairs. Then al fresco lunch (meatballs made from one of the sausages Venka gave us with pasta and our own roast veg sauce bottled in summer, walnut balls for me) It is hard to believe there was so much snow just a couple of days ago. Then it was slicing a bit off the new chicken door and adding a spring bolt. Then tidying the compost heap....he's had a lovely day.
One thing I forgot to mention yesterday was that Mimi, the missing dog, has returned. I was sitting watching telly the other day when something caught my eye running along the chicken fence, and there was Mimi on the way home. No idea where she came from, she can't get in from the right and i am surprised the girls hadn't noticed she was in the garden. She found a hole in the fence and was through to baba Dochca, closely followed by Dave blocking yet another hole! Dochka didn't seem entirely sure of grabbing Mimi to tie her up, but we left her to it. If she's worried about grabbing her there is no way we want to.
We had a message on Dave's phone this morning from a courier company to say they were making a delivery later. It was all in Bulgarian....thank goodness for Google Translate! Wonderful, it was a dozen maran eggs which we didn't know if we had ordered or not, there had been a bit of confusion in translation with the chicken breeder, then he had tried to phone and put the phone down when he realised Dave didn't speak any Bulgarian. But all's well and they will be going into the incubator tomorrow with five of Cagney's as they are there.
Venka came round with more goodies today. They are walnut sweet things, not sure I am keen but Dave loves them and wants me to get the recipe....hmmm, difficult.
Poor Sevi, he has suffered frostbite on his extremities. The tips of his comb and the end of his wattles have suffered. He may lose his spikes and the dead skin has already started to come off his wattles which we have had to spray with purple spray to stop the ladies pecking at him. They can't resist a bit of red! So he has not only lost his youthful virile looks but is now covered in girly purple. Not as much as we are though, that stuff gets everywhere! He is not really bothered and is still strutting his stuff and giving his ladies a lot of attention.