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Sheep / Howff / Bonfire

Monday 10 December, 2018

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Monday 3rd December

Lovely day – frosty, sunny and still –perfect apart from the water being frozen.

frostyFrosty morning.

Tuesday 4th December.

Hard frost again this morning changing to rain, grey and miserable.

We had a two and a half hour power cut so Dan spent the time tidying cupboards in the classroom, using the head torch. We’ve identified a pile of stuff that’s now surplus so he’s going to put it on eBay / Amazon / Gumtree.

Steers / Ponies / Lambs

Monday 3 December, 2018

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Monday 26th November

So today was the day that Paulo and Pedro, our 2016 born steers, made their final journey. It was only their second journey – the first being from Dalmore to East Pitkerro, where they have grazed and wintered for two years. It’s always a bit of a wrench to see them go but they’ve had a good life and they’ll supply a good few locals with prime beef with minimum inputs. As usual, we loaded them on to our trailer to take them to the haulier’s wagon – they loaded quietly and calmly both times.

Leo / Calves / Veg garden

Monday 26 November, 2018

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Monday 19th November  

Grey and overcast – looks like winter might really be coming, although it’s not really cold.

Spent some long overdue time in the veg garden – manured bed 2 and covered it and weeded most of bed 1. Sowed sweet peas in the greenhouse and cleaned out one henhouse.

Finally baked the Christmas cake I started last week – the longer soaking won’t have done any harm – and started the Christmas puddings.

Dan was off to visit Andrew Whitley at “Scotland the Bread”.

Ruaridh / Rocky / Sheep

Monday 19 November, 2018

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Monday 12th November

Back from holiday at 10.30pm. No disasters while we were away. No sign of Blizzard coming back into season, so hopefully she’s in calf, due 30th July. Nine yellow bums out of eleven.

Tuesday 13 November

Nice day to welcome us back – sunny and pretty warm. Mucked out the cows after milking and put down fresh bed. Not quite sure how the mats and bedding are going to work out. Put in a new bale of hay – looks like one is lasting six / seven days.

Cattle / Festival follow up / Holiday prep

Monday 5 November, 2018

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Monday 29 October

Took our last three tups to the abattoir this morning; they’re a bit small, but I don’t have the grass to keep them longer.

Spent the rest of the morning tidying the house, which always suffers in the run up to the Festival, and catching up with washing, then the rest of the day sorting through the boxes that came back from the Festival – by the end, we’re all exhausted and stuff gets boxed any old how, so it all has to be emptied out, cleaned and repacked.


Monday 29 October, 2018

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Monday 22 October

Sunny, warm but with a rising wind. Time taken with Festival work. It’ll be like this for most of the week.

Tuesday 23 October

Sunny, mild and windy. More Festival stuff.

Wednesday 24 October

Sunny and the wind has dropped a bit. Sadly we had to have Bug put to sleep today. He was awful sore this morning and was reluctant to walk. Lucy, our vet, was terrific. We had discussed this a couple of weeks ago and I guess she wasn’t surprised to get the call. It was very peaceful. We will miss him hugely – he was such a character. Lucy thought that perhaps his kidneys were failing as his blood pressure was very low, so I think we made a timely decision. She was saying how having limited or painful mobility is psychologically very stressful for horses, being flight animals. Anyway, he’s at peace now.

Sheep / Mats / Weaving

Monday 22 October, 2018

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Monday 15 October

Lovely and sunny today but it’s paperwork day, so was inside looking out. Also had loads of Festival stuff to do.

Took Diesel to the vet for his annual check up – clean bill of health.

Had a RHET premeeting for a school visit next week. Gave a talk at Auchterhouse SWI – lovely evening.

Tuesday 16 October

Did more Festival stuff. Why don’t folk reply to emails, even to say “no”?

Seed order arrrived

Pork / Mats / Steers

Monday 15 October, 2018

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Monday 8 October

Wet and miserable, but at least the wind’s dropped and it very mild. Did the weekly paperwork and finalized the arrangements for the pigs and the lamb coming back.

Blizzard has a sore foot – near fore – but she let me clean it and spray it with AB  and it seems a bit better.

Urquhart is looking lovelorn. He’s spending a lot of time gazing through the fence at the ewes, who are two fields away. They are not gazing back.

Plums / Rocky / Honey

Monday 8 October, 2018

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Monday 1 October

It’s raining. It’s now over two months since Blizz had her dead calf and I haven’t seen her come into season yet. Unless Ace has changed his technique – he’s usually pretty obvious in his courtship – she’s not been bulling. Not worried – yet. She’s still giving about 20 litres a day – it’s been pretty constant since day one. With the pigs away, we’re kind of coming down with milk. Dan’s planning to start making more cheese.

Lambs / Pigs / Manure

Monday 1 October, 2018

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Monday 24 September

What fantastic weather for this time of year. Long may it continue – makes the winter feel much shorter.

Took six tup lambs to the abattoir this morning. Not my favourite job.

Electrician was here putting up a new light beside the outside WC

Tuesday 25 September

Spent most of the day doing Festival and Smallholding Scotland stuff.

Blizzard is still milking well.

blizzBlizzard, my best girl.

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