In between the rain, the hail, the sleet and the snow, we finally got some blue sky and sunshine at Frugaldom, so it was all hands on deck to get more of our 'World War 1 Centenary Woodland' trees planted.

Frugaldom in November with snow on the Galloway Hills

We set off for Frugaldom this morning armed with wellies, gloves, hats and scarves after waking up to a frozen wonderland. Ice was thick after yesterday's rain, hail, sleet and snow but the sun soon thawed the frosted grass while salt melted the ice on the caravan decking. The visitors arrived around 10.30am, so the junior members were wrapped up like it was the middle of winter. Easier to peel off a layer when it warms up than it is to warm up while not wearing enough layers!

The Galloway Horse with snow on the Galloway Hills on the horizon

We've had more than a few worrying nights with gales howling over the past few weeks so it was great getting back out to site and finding 'The Galloway' still standing, safe and well, keeping his eye on the distant snow-topped Galloway Hills. Now that everything is dying back we should be able to get a little nit more of the garden around him done. Several of our members have sent off for their free Corn Poppy seeds from The Woodland Trust, so I think some of these will be sown around the horse. His bloodline, after all, ran through many of the horses shipped overseas during the War.

Snow on the Galloway Hills

A fine sprinkling of snow covering the hilltops on the horizon made for quite a few photo stops during today's planting, but it's such a great view and one that I hope will never change.

Tree planting at Frugaldom

Littlest tree planter seemed to spend much of her time attempting to make new paths through the grass in an effort to find short-cuts between planting areas and the wheelbarrow that held the trees, canes and tree guards.

Sunshine at Frugaldom while tree planting today

The children seemed to enjoy their trip out to Frugaldom, even if the youngest member of the family insisted on taking short cuts, making new paths, playing in icy puddles and sliding in the mud to get under the yard fence rather than walk around to the gate whenever she went to the barn for more tree guards. She and her sister had a great time using the big circle of ice from the top of one of the water barrels as a window!

Planting Rowan trees at Frugaldom

Today, with a little bit extra help, we succeeded in planting all of the Rowan trees and the Crabapple trees. All that remains, now, is the new hedging of Hawthorn and Holly. With a decent forecast for tomorrow, we're staying in Frugaldom home-from-home caravan tonight and planning on taking a picnic lunch tomorrow and spending the day planting the new hedge. I thought planting the prickly species would be best left to the adults.

Robin in the barn at Frugaldom

Talking of Holly gets us into the Christmas spirit, so it was lovely that the Robin insisted on following the children around the yard and then right inside the barn. He did follow them back outside before we had to close up the barn doors.

The big Christmas tree at Frugaldom

We don't have many big trees at Frugaldom as it was all clear felled in the past and then never replanted. However, we have about half a dozen 'Christmas' trees, so we have chosen the biggest one on the land to attempt to decorate it. I have been collecting my cashback* and converting it all into Amazon vouchers throughout the year so these savings have afforded us the exciting luxury of investing in some solar powered fairy lights ** and we'll make some decorations to brighten up this corner of Frugaldom. It will be a blog in itself just trying to reach the top of this tree!

Watch this space - we are going to need a huge number of baubles and trinkets to decorate our mega Christmas tree at Frugaldom. For future visits, please feel free to bring along something to hang on its branches and we will enter 2016 with a plan to keep on decorating this tree, throughout the coming years, to celebrate the birth and growth of everything on the land. If anyone wants to contribute any spare baubles, we'd love to hear from you. yes

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