Tuesday, 9 December 2014

gimme shelter

'tis often the case that the month of December, with it's short dark days and long cold nights, finds many creatures adrift, on the lookout for a safe place to stay; sometimes for a longer period, other times just for the night.....it just so happens that this is indeed the case in our household, as of today.....
 after a long day in the office I came home to a warm and busy welcome: Julie of Threading the Dog informed me a couple of weeks ago I was to expect the arrival of certain small beings looking for 'a place to stay' and then she asked me to forget she'd mentioned this, which I promptly did. So imagine my surprise on entering our house this evening to find the kitchen full of birds, the odd cow and a stray horse. My husband sighed a huge sigh of relief as soon as he saw me and said, 'Darling, we seem to have visitors'.......Followed by a 'they appear to be hungry, or something......', whereupon he managed to sneak out of the kitchen into the living room where he settled on the settee in front of the telly and instantly turned deaf to the clamour that arose from the assembled group. To be honest I couldn't really tell what they were on about, so I nodded in sympathy and did a lot of 'hmmmm, hmmmm-ing' ( a trick I learnt from aforementioned husband) ................. when all of a sudden they became very quiet and I realised they must be very tired after the long, arduous journey over the ocean. Without further ado I swept them all together and tucked them snugly in a basket on top of some beautiful fabrics they had taken with them (amazingly polite and thoughtful of them to bring their own sheets! they have also managed to smuggle loads of food in their luggage, which helps a lot in the organisation of the studio-Christmas dinner - which you all know I'm kind of nervous about








they seem to love grunkernmehl, which was something I had never heard of; have googled it and I think it's spelt flour; as there are quite a few chicks* this make sense as it could be used for porridge; will ask more tomorrow as I prepare breakfast
* turns out the chicks (with the notable addition of one of the young geese) are a boy choir and the pigeon is their music director - in my mind that's the music organised for the x-mas do! I love it when things start to go smoothly (although there's still loads to do apart from organizing Christmas, as we're also clearing out my mother-in-law's house, meaning stuff is being moved from there to here and from here to here as well, if that sounds muddled up, it's because I am too)

coffee & biscuits


huddled together in the basket just before they fell asleep



All is calm once more for they are fast asleep, I'll let them sleep in tomorrow morning. Plenty of time to introduce them to the gang in the studio once they're up and running. As we didn't know when to expect them no body will be missing them just yet.......




....and now for a bit of music to shake loose those legs and let the mind wander free....

9 comments:

deemallon said...

well, it looks like Christmas has come a little early to your house! I have been wishing you could visit MY house and make all my little critters speak... I'm not nearly as adept at hearing what they have to say...

Jennifer Kaal said...

Just as well you got that furniture, right?
What an absolutely wonderful surprise !

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

well Dee, wouldn't mind if I did drop by for a visit......I hope we will do fun stuff like that after the boys have done university and we have money for travel, ha!

Exactly Jennifer!! with a little help from friends like you and Julie, the Project is taking care of itself (almost)

Liz Ackert said...

Such saucy little critters ... what fun you'll all have together.
And thanks for the link, but really, the song was in my head before ever I got to the end of the post (one of the advantages of terrible hearing is that I have a non-stop soundtrack in my head that it is easily influenced to switch songs)

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

oh Lordy, and my mind wandered where
it always did, wanting to slip my
hand under his shirt, that waist band,
ahhh, no one like him...

Mo Crow said...

what a good post to start the day Saskia, rock on!

Julie S said...

So THAT'S where they went!! I heard a whole lot of squawking and hooves going down the stairs and when I got up to check, all I could find were empty envelopes from Passport Control and a few sheets from the Dept of Agriculture about "How to Travel with Your Duck, Rooster, Chicks, Turkeys, Horse and Cow."

Glad they went to your house, there had been some murmurings about backpacking through Europe but in the end, no one could figure out how to get the backpack on.

Merry xmas to all in Wonderland.

Dana said...

Ah, a troupe of trans-Atlantic vagabonds seeking shelter, and obviously finding welcome and a kindred spirit.

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

love that word 'troupe' Dana, maybe that is how I should refer to them all.....hmmm, am thinking now

ah yes quite, Julie, they didn't mention to me they hadn't let on where they were all heading! They are all very much okay now and becoming used to life continental time, making new friends and getting used to their spot in the studio. They'll be here at least for the holidays. Who knows if maybe one day they do decide to explore Europe, back back or no