Usually we spend the last week of the school term in a mad scurry of final-this-that-or-the-other like folk heading off to a new life in uncharted territory rather than to two weeks of hanging out on the Homestead. Not this week, though. For some reason, despite the looming holidays, we’ve been free to plod on without interruption and, as a result, have managed to tick a few more things off The List.
The first is monumental; Union Homestead now has an entrance! Please, do step inside.
It is not mandatory to scream, “Ice berg! Right ahead!” whilst frenziedly ringing the bell (created by The Bean Counter in metalwork class in the late ’70’s), some days you’d be forgiven for thinking so.
through what we grandly call The Atrium, a north-(sunny in this hemisphere)facing, double glazed, tiled floor, enclosed porch, heat sink
Purists may quibble the presence of a cat door in a heat sink; Mel the Cat would like to remind you that life on the Homestead is all about compromise…as long as you keep to the rules.
and into our home.
Some people are shameless at wheedling their way into photographs.
A visit from the carpet layer was the last big ticket item on the front-of-the-house renovation list.
Looking down the hall to work in waiting
Outside, The Goat Herd and Milk Maid gave the paddock compost some well-needed attention, finally got round to planting the garlic, constructed two more plant coddling cloches (after the raging success of the lemon lodging),
Leia sneaks into the compost progress photo while Ruby helps dispose of the garlic planting by-product.
and enlisted The Farmer’s chicken wrangling help in order to call a halt to early morning vegetable harvesting forays by a couple of the flock.
All in all, a satisfying prelude to a fortnight off for all except The Farmer (for whom school holidays are his off-Homestead work boom-time) – and just in case you thought Farm Girl spent the past term going to school just to eat her lunch
these two clay monsters are just a little of the pottery work she’s produced as part of her class exploring the theme of Early Humans. We reckon they’re fitting exhibits for our new entrance hall.