A Day on the Croft

We had a beautiful day today. The sun shone all day. This is the Isle of Lewis, and so, a day of sunshine is worth posting about.

This morning, we looked out to see this.

Now, I know we don't have much of a garden to talk of, but I still don't appreciate our few daffodils being had for breakfast.

Having said that, she is gorgeous, isn't she?

But there was more.....lots more going on on the croft this beautiful Spring day.

First the Builder and eldest son, DR, went to the croft beside us to......

...rake up some dung.....

(I had some photos, which appear to have been deleted and lost. Maybe that's for the best.)

The cowpats were duly spread on our vegetable plot. Yes, yes, I know it's all good for the soil; I know the minerals etc in the .... dung.... aids my veg, and for that I'm most grateful.... But (you just knew there was gonna be a 'but') there is something about all
that ...dung... sitting there in our lovely plot that is slightly unnerving.

Clearly, I have a little way to go before I am fully 'croftified'. Or certified. Or something like that.

Our friends were over with us for the day. Their kids are adorable, and they were allowed to see our museum exhibits. Okay, our tractor. It's probably as old as the Builder himself. But these kids got to drive it too. They had a ball.

Here they are with our eldest, DR. I told you they were adorable.

Of course, the lambs kept a-coming. Daughters, Catherine and Katie, are always on hand with their uncle, the Builder's Big Brother.

I've told you all before how I feel about lambs. The gory stuff is.....well.....gory. It is NOT my scene. My kids, on the other hand, are naturals.

I can assure you that this is the LEAST gory of the photos Catherine took. Suffice to say that the other photos...... no, I don't think I'll go there.
Here's Katie helping with the feeding.

But aren't they gorgeous after a day or two.
To round off the day, I planted some of these.
Aaahhh, that felt good.

When you are surrounded by nature, and by the beauty of God's creation, it takes a blindness beyond comprehension to believe the fairytale of evolution.

'O Lord, how manifold are Thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches' Ps 104v24

'The fool has said in his heart, There is no God' Ps 14v1


  1. I love this post as well. I stirs me up and makes me want to get outdoors. We used to have all sorts of animals; cows, horses, goats, geese, chickens, ducks, and of course always dogs and cats. After our older four left home we slowly sold them off. My husband's work began taking him to Phoenix, Arizona, so we couldn't do both. I miss the animals, especially when I get a chance to read post such as this.
    Many blessings

  2. I can't believe I've only JUST seen this post!! It's lovely, love the pics, and glad you missed a few out ;-)
    These pictures are great, and it looks as though it could have been the middle of summer :-D

  3. This is the first time I've visited your blog and this looks like such a lovely place to live! (I am wondering what a croft is, though. Guess I'll have to look it up.) And, what a beautiful place to raise children! Right in the midst of God's creation and new birth and growing plants... I love it.

  4. Thank you for these comments. We are blessed to be here, and when the weather is like it was on Sat, I really feel we're living in the best place in the world. Having said that, my heart often 'looks west' - where so many of our islanders looked, and ended up - in the US and Canada. There's a strong tug from these places for us islanders.
    I'll explain the 'croft' thing in another post....:-)

  5. Hello!

    Thank you for visiting my daughter's blog. Anna, 13, does enjoy gardening, and it is amazing how much 3 raised beds can provide for our family! She is very diligent in her learning and researching on gardening. She is teaching me a lot in the is homeschooling garden adventure!!!

    I am sure she will be visiting your blog soon. We have marked your blog on our blog reader and will look forward to reading all about you and your family. Thank you so much for encouraging her with a comment!

    My son, Ben, who is 16, is restoring a 1948 Farmall Super A tractor. He was wondering how old is your "old" tractor?
    Ben is also an avid reader of Scotland's history. Would you believe he is flying a Rampant Lion flag today on his flag pole? Many of our rural neighbors look to see what kind of flag Ben will fly each day. :)
    You can visit Ben's website to see all of his e-books that he offers from the 1800's. He even has one on the history of Scotland in the history section! www.olde-books.com

    Please come back and visit Anna's blog. We will be sure to drop by and visit you, too!

    In e-friendship,
    Leslie (Anna's Mom)


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