Happy New Year!

Here’s wishing all of you a very happy 2012, and hoping your new year’s celebrations went with a bang!  I should have written this yesterday, of course, but timeliness has never been one of my more natural talents (as people still waiting on Christmas cards from me will attest)!

Fireworks

I’m ambitious to do experiment with even more creative, country skills and crafts next year, and write about them too!  On my list is more brewing (cider, beer, and of course country wines), more curing and smoking, and experiments with sewing, crafting, recycling and thrift.  More food and recipes, of course, as well as some fruit & veg growing as the season starts to get warmer.  I also plan to write a little about my hens and poultry keeping, and to try some new crafts – at the moment I’m reading about candle and soap making, so watch this space.  Perhaps this year my Advent candle might even be homemade!

Thank you to all of you who have been reading the blog since it started back in October 2011 – both here on WordPress and in the syndicated feeds – your comments and feedback mean a lot to me and are very helpful, so please keep them coming!  I’d love to hear of any suggestions you might have for things I should be looking into and trying, too!

‘Tis the season… Happy Advent, everyone!

Advent candle

We lit our advent candle this evening, which marks the real start of the Christmas season for me.  And this morning I had a chocolate Euro out of the ‘1’ pouch on the fabric advent calendar.  So, Happy Advent, everyone, and I hope your homemade Christmas plans are all coming along well!