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Cheeps out / Cow bath / Tea cosies

Friday 26 May, 2017

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Monday 15th May

Bug’s lame in his near fore. Not very lame and I’m pretty sure it’s not laminitis. Given him some bute and we’ll see what he’s like in the morning.

The owners of the property where we have some our rented grass are selling up. We’re not altogether surprised but it’s a bit of a pain. We’ve got a nice system going with the cattle up there. Hey ho. Sadly, it’s almost certainly going to go as an equestrian property rather than a smallholding.

Grass / Bugsy's harness / Courses / Cheeps / Hedgehog

Tuesday 23 May, 2017

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Monday 8th May

Still sunny and windy. There’s rain forecast for Saturday – please, let it rain.

Did the weekly paperwork including a trip to the bank.

Made a smoked fish quiche for dinner – very nice indeed. Finally cracked pastry, I think.

Dan went straight to Astwood from the office, repaired some fencing and moved the steers to a fresh paddock.

Tuesday 9th May

Still dry. We really need some rain. The local farmers are irrigating now, although I have resisted the temptation to put the sprinkler on the veg garden.

Beltane / Patio / Yurt / Split hive / New bakeware

Tuesday 16 May, 2017

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Monday 1st May

So today is Beltane, one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals and traditionally the start of summer and the day the cattle would be turned out.

One ritual associated with Beltane is to drive the cattle over or between sacred bonfires to protect them and to encourage growth. Cattle were also decorated with yellow flowers.

None of that happened here but I did give the cows and Ace a brush after they were fed.

Open Farm Sunday / Soup / Yurt / Bees / A birthday

Monday 8 May, 2017

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Monday 24th April

Sunny, windy and dry today; the promised rain didn’t materialize and it’s cold – 3°C – tonight.

Ace was very frisky this morning – and that gets the girls going – and Bryn “herding” them didn’t help.

Finally completed the papers for OSCR to register “Smallholding Scotland” as a Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation – fingers crossed that we’re accepted. It’s taken far longer than I thought it would.

Tooth oot / Weeding / Sunset

Thursday 27 April, 2017

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Monday 20th March

So toady is the vernal equinox – day and night of equal length. Hopefully, we’ll see the grass start to come away now.

Jane was here to trim Bug’s feet; the grass may already be coming away, so he’s on restricted access now, poor boy.

Ace’s increased feed seems to be working and he’s a bit less ribby.

Tuesday 21st March

I had tooth extracted this morning. Dentist told me to have a restful day, so I did.

Birthday / New hens and chicks / Cheddar! / Baking

Tuesday 25 April, 2017

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Monday 17th April

Yippee! A few rain showers today; crystal clear and a bit cool tonight, so maybe we will get the forecast frost.

Bryn is exhausted – Mickey is wearing him out, but he also played with Zaza this morning then Otir and Ceri this afternoon, when Jane came to do the ponies’ feet. Tough life.

The pigs have settled in well, they have dismantled a pile of turves that were left to break down last year, and like to sleep there during the day.

Holyrood / Trailer service / Boys moved / Weeding

Thursday 20 April, 2017

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Monday 13th March

Caught up with paperwork and cleaned out the caravan henhouse.

Tuesday 14th March

Pressure washed the trailer after the sheep movement on Sunday.

Received, from my MSP, a copy of a letter from Fergus Ewing assuring us of his support for small farmers and saying that his officials will be looking at the Small Farm Grant Scheme to see where improvements can be made.

New pigs / Veg sowing / Cattle out / Bee inspection

Wednesday 19 April, 2017

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Monday 10th April

Back from sunny Gran Canaria today to find that the weather here has been pretty good too – with no rain while we were away.

John got all the paddocks harrowed and there were no mishaps – all animals stayed where they were supposed to and stayed healthy, which is good.

Tuesday 11th April

Jeez, windy today. Good drying day so got caught up with washing and housework and some paperwork. It’s the end of the financial year and the time of year when I mentally promise to do better next year – new spreadsheet; clean slate and all that. My record keeping isn’t bad but could be better.

School visit / SCF Gathering / Sheep moves

Monday 13 March, 2017

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Monday 6th March

Well, it was the weekly skip trip today, mainly stoorie hay. Thank goodness that’s coming to an end.

Mucked out the byre; good stuff coming out of it – a mix of chopped straw, soil and chicken poo, so I’ve made a separate pile for it.

In anticipation of tomorrow’s school visit, moved Nugget, our “feisty” cockerel into an area we won’t be entering.

Found a White Leghorn bloodied this morning; gave her a wash and put her back in the run. I’d guess it was a result of the reestablishment of the pecking order. Hopefully, she’ll be OK.

Hens out / Worming / Foot trimming / Diesel's gotcha day

Monday 6 March, 2017

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Monday 27th Feb

Packed day today; visit to Ravensby to have a look at the grazing. It looks pretty good – there are two good shed, one a hay barn and then a block of looseboxes. Need to have a better look at the fencing though.

The owners have a lovely golden Labrador pup – he’s one of Bryn’s buddies now.

Made my weekly pilgrimage to the skip. Linda preempted me and turned out the potting shed. Much evidence of mice – it’s built with sleepers so not even nearly mouseproof so everything edible has been removed and the cats given free access – Bertie is dining well.

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