i knew he had a strange look in his eyes........
do you remember the sudden arrival of Joe the pig?
saved from the sausage maker by my lovely guy?
given a home with us in the very North of Scotland when we are still living in the very South of England?
well.... he has done it again
sit back and i will tell all
i remember, some months ago Stephen saying how on earth are we going to keep all the grass down on our land.
i remember giving him the usual options of sheep, cows, geese - and quite frankly he looked dissapointed.
i then said - what about Alpacas?
i even took him to meet a huge herd of 300 Alpacas that are owned by an amazing couple i had met whilst working at the vets.
he seemed troubled.......
i then came up with the amazing idea of reindeer - relatively easy to manage, milkable, cuteness factor of ten, fantastic at Christmas......
think of the children we could show them to i said......
all those happy little faces full of wonder as we tell them the reindeer stories......
but he still looked unsure and quite frankly not thrilled.
so i gave up
i just thought that we would wait until we had built the house and studio, housed the pig, created our veg plot, erected a poly tunnel, decorated, settled, made new friends....
you know, the usual way of doing things.
but only a few days ago i noticed this faraway look in his eyes
he looked guilty
i threatened to sell his entire collection of cd's
and then said the infamous words.......... you will either be really pleased or really cross.
the colour drained from my face, i put down the chocolate bar i was eating and braced myself.......
we are now the proud keepers of not one but two DONKEYS.
he then babbled on for what felt like ages about the joy of donkeys.
throughout i kept quiet thinking only of the fact that
a. he has never even touched a donkey.
b. the cost of a very regular farrier.
c. the cost of a shelter.
d. he is incredibly scared of horses and donkeys are only smaller versions.
but then i remembered
a. growing up with holidays at Margate and donkey rides
b. the amazing smell and softness of their coats.
c. the way when they bray you can hear them from sooooo far away.
d. the kindness in their eyes and how they would hate to live alone
and i realised that the move to Scotland cannot happen quick enough x
but back to reality and the never ending packing and cleaning.
and the realisation of leaving friends and all that i have grown to love.
the need to visit Dungeness at least once more before i go, knowing that i will probably never feel its magic again.
so this week apart from the packing and cleaning and sorting i will be........
ordering Christmas stock
expanding my knowledge of this
packing up the precious things in our garden
and waiting for that strange look to appear again..........