Posie's Blog. Tales of island life on a hebridean hill farm

Posie's Blog. Tales of island life on a hebridean hill farm

Thursday, 23 August 2007

White Washed Over....




Picture this…if you can, farmer’s wife, paint brush in hand white washing cottages. Farmer, coffee in hand, chatting to farrier, and as the minutes ticked into hours, disgruntled farmer’s wife just telling happy farmer to get a move on out of the farmhouse kitchen when happy farmer’s friend from the deep south arrives at the farm, having not been on the island for over seven years. So, farmer’s wife, paint brush in hand, painting cottages, happy farmer, farrier, and friend with beers in hands chatting.
‘It’s a conspiracy!’ I yelled.

Farmer’s wife finishes painting all of the bits on both cottages that she can reach.

Farmer’s friend has collected his wife and brought her up to join the happy gathering. BT boys drive into the farm yard, having finished work, to come and help the happy farmer with his painting. Happy farmer, farrier, friend, friend’s wife, BT boys, all sat in the sunshine, beers in hand.

BT boys decide painting must be done before anymore beer is consumed, happy farmer is just about to join them when farm dealer, happy potter and stone dyker turn up. Being a sociable sort of a chap, happy farmer has to leave BT boys to get on with the painting while he welcomes the further guests into the fold, especially when cottage dwellers join the party too, and beer is replaced with whisky.

BT boys return job done. Farmer T arrives.

Huge pot of chilli on the stove, and one hugely happy farmer.

Until next time….

PS Picture is of happy farmer adding his final contribution….proving the point it isn’t all play and no work!!

15 comments:

The Country Craft Angel said...

Lovely to catch up on your blogs. Those cows are very beautiful.

Cottage looks gorgeous-you are very good to be helping...think I may have just managed the chilli for them all!!

warm wishes
x

toady said...

The house looks lovely. I think I may have whitewashed the happy farmer et al. Toady

@themill said...

We've had to get someone in to paint our cottages this year - just too much to do (er..blogging?!!)

ChrisH said...

Well, it goes without saying that the happy farmer's touches brought the final flourish to the cottage. Actually it also explains why, wherever I've been lately, it's always women painting the cottages... must remember to lie low when our house needs doing next year.

laurie said...

but who can resist friends with beer? or should?

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Lovely photo's. Any chance you could come and stay for a few weeks and paint our place?

Crystal xx

UN PEU LOUFOQUE said...

AM I mad or did you have the sam eproblem last year? I seem to remember painting the cottages with white wash with help of a tractor!! Typical men !!At least granite houses like ours do not need the whitewash yours does but it does look splendid!!

onceinabluemoon said...

Can we borrow farmer for a few days...and his digger...just about to start the outside walls here too...and the guttering....
your house looks lovely all pristine whitewashed walls...as like you..our scottish weather plays havoc on the render...so here's to the next coat of paint....2 years 3 if we are lucky!..love your blog Rosie,and thanks for the comments on mine..OBM

Posie Rosie said...

Un peu we white washed our house earlier in the year, this time it was our self catering cottages that got spruced up, but yes totally mad!!
Toady loved the comment about white washing the farmer....
And no crystal jigsaw hopefully no more white washing....for a year or two!!

elizabethm said...

Hmm, our house needs painting but am trying to ignore it. also huge amounts to do everywhere but your blogs always make me smile.

Blossomcottage said...

After painting my house last time, I decided to grow lots of plants up it so I would not have to do it again!! Not sure it is going to work. Great pictures.
Blossom

muddyboots said...

glad we're not the only ones to use the 'much bucket' for inventive purposes!

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

. . . sigh . . .next year send happy farmer and friends to the naughty corner and get Un Peu's Pom Pom man to help you = or better still let's have a Purple Coo convention painting party.

Suffolkmum said...

Gosh, our house needs painting - send the happy farmer down here as a rebuke!! It looks great though, so well done! (Typical man, turning up for the last bit).

Pondside said...

Sounds as though the Happy Farmer has read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - a cottage is, however, a slightly larger project than a fence! You are a very good sport!