Thank you for your lovely comments and input.
Some have noted the very quiet January.
All is well here but it has been a delightfully busy Spring/Summer and we have taken full advantage of having the son home (or as one of his sister's calls him, "The Golden Child") for a couple of months.
He loves to garden and practice animal husbandry and over the next few posts I'll show you what we've been up to.....
But for now, here is an "After and Before" photo, just for a change. We are excited to be painting the window and door trims and the front fence very soon but isn't it amazing what a bit of garden can do?