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Monday 29 November, 2021

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Monday 22nd November

At 7am, it was clear and sunny; by 9amit was cold and overcast. Still, it’s dry.

Had a bit of a tidy up in the byre; advertised the broken freezer on social media and a chap came to pick it up tonight. Yay! Dan and I are going to try and get half an hour this week just moving things around; there’s stuff to come in from the barn, where I want to clear more space so we can store more hay in winter, just in case the roads are bad.

Grey / Astrid / Apples

Tuesday 23 November, 2021

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Monday 15th November

Our neighbours won’t love us this morning – Grey has been exercising his lungs all night. I didn’t sleep well either, if that’s any comfort to them. Sun’s out mid-morning – looking lovely.

GreyHartons Grey.

BlizzBlizzard and Buster enjoying the sunshine.

Tups / Cakes / Grey

Monday 15 November, 2021

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Monday 8th November

No body part dreams so slept until 6.30am.  Cows were in then, so shut them in, checked Blizzard (fine) and gave them some beep pulp, while I brought in the ponies. Managed to give Bronte a scratch, which was a first. Then I opened the gates so they can loaf outside. It’s a nice day – cool, but dry and still.

Puddings steaming and cake in the oven by 10am, then into the office until lunchtime.

Wednesday 10th November

Beautiful morning! Long may it continue.

Pennan / Saddle / Yule

Monday 8 November, 2021

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Monday 1st November to 5th November

Oh, we had a lovely break at Mill of Nethermill Cottages, near Pennan. Wild weather, but that just let us appreciate our cosy cottage even more.

Our cottage even had special corgi windows.


cottageMill of Nethermill cottages.

Blizzard / Butch / Pennan

Monday 8 November, 2021

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Monday 25h October

There was wee bit of rain overnight but it turned into a beautiful day – bit blowy, but clear and sunny. And I got a load of washing dry outside. Yay!

Dreamed about loading cattle, then got up and did it for real. I think these two steers were the easiest ever to load. So that’s them off; paperwork done. I forgot the FCI for the haulier so had to email it to the abattoir later. It’s part of the pig movement licence but for cattle it’s a separate document. And sorted Rora’s off/on movement to the Festival on Saturday.

Buster / Frost / Festival

Monday 25 October, 2021

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Tuesday 12th October

After yesterday’s events, we’re just chillin’.  But it was a nice day, so Blizzard and her new calf re-joined the herd. He'll be registered as Rosedean Braw (in keeping with our weather theme - Braw ina New Guinean wind and it being a B year) bu has been given the pet name, Buster.

babyBaby meets Buster.

Pumpkins / Gracie / Blizzard's calf

Monday 11 October, 2021

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Monday 4th October

Lovely morning; no calf yet. I’ll do a 2am check now until she’s calved.

A few showers in the afternoon. Started giving he hens soaked corn in the afternoon. Audrey and Dusty went to bed on their own for the first time.

Tuesday 5th October

Still no calf.

Wednesday 6th October

No calf. Horrible wet night forecast, so brought the cows in. Saves my jammies getting wet on the night-time checks. They can go out during the day though.

Bantams / Grass / Repairs

Monday 4 October, 2021

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Monday 20th September

Off on holiday. Back Friday.

Friday 24th September

Home again!

Dan had to put Sheldon down this morning; he’d been damaged in the fox attack but seemed to have recovered reasonably well, but he was getting weaker and it was the right thing to do to let him go.

Dan has also made a start on clearing the sunken garden. We’ve been here before, so I’m not holding my breath.

gardenSunken garden.

Cattle / Ewes / Bantams

Monday 20 September, 2021

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Monday 13th September

Beautiful sunrise and another lovely day. The hen house for Sheldon, Amy and Penny has arrived from Jim Vyse Arks.

henhouseNew hen house.

Tuesday 14th September

Annie and Rosie, just because. Rosie is almost sound.

AnnieMy lovely Annie.

Beetroot / Caterpillars / Tap

Monday 13 September, 2021

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Monday 6th September

We had a visit from Landscape Resource Centre yesterday – Henry Maitland – with his spiker machine to break up the pan in our fields. I’m torn between wanting it to stay nice weather wise and wanting see if it’s made a difference.

henryHenry and his spiker.

Also on Sunday, Bean and his chum escaped back to the field beside the ewes; the loony Shetland lamb got under the fence, so we had to let Bean through to join them.

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