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Monday 15 January, 2018

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Monday 8th January

Cold – minus 7°C overnight. So this morning, all the water to the fields is frozen AND the water in the feed store, which is unusual

Tuesday 9th January

One of those grey, mild days that never get light. The water’s unfrozen though, so it’s an ill wind...

I’m pressing on with mucking out the barn round the back of the ring feeder – at four barrows a day, I reckon I’ll have it done by the weekend.

Cattle brush / 2018 planning / Halter training

Monday 8 January, 2018

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Monday 1st January

So 2018 begins – with a planning meeting! Dan and I always have one around 1st January then maybe every quarter through the year.

I thought 2018 was going to be the year of pottering but maybe not. I’d like to start growing flowers for cutting and Dan’s keen to plant willow – for sale and also because he wants to learn willow weaving.

I moved the tup and wether into Home, from the makeshift pen by the byre. They let themselves out today and they didn’t like it much. On the plus side, this lets us get the area beside the barn tidied up after the work on the apiary and the triangle last year.

End of 2017 / Dead ewe / Tom settling-in

Monday 1 January, 2018

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Monday 25th December

Sadly the ewe died overnight. Phoned the knacker re collection – really just looking for a message about opening hours, but spoke to the man (apologised for disturbing him on Christmas Day, but he said I wasn’t the first) and arranged collection of the carcass on Wednesday. Hope it stays cold.

Tom has left the house but not the smallholding. We put food outside and Dan saw him eating, so he’s around.

Then the most remarkable thing happened. Dan noticed Diesel sitting on the kitchen windowsill, meowing. This is unusual. Pen sits at the window and meows to get in but D just lets himself in through the cat flap. So Dan went to open the boot room door, and there was D. With Tom just behind him. Honestly, it was like D was bringing Tom home.

Solstice / Deer / Byre / Hay / Sick sheep

Monday 25 December, 2017

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Monday 18th December

A bit milder today but the ground (and the water) is still frozen.

Got a message to say that one of our ewes had got her head stuck in the licky bucket – the handle over the back of her head. But just as we arrived, we got another message to say she was fine. Still, gave me the chance to check the licks – one was almost finished so I opened up the new one – and cut the handle to prevent a repeat.

Tom’s more relaxed today – happy to have lots of strokes, with lots of purring. He’s eating well and using his litter tray.

Meet Tom / Meet Whyte & Mackay / Boot room

Monday 18 December, 2017

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Monday 11th December

Not much diary this week unless Dan writes it as I’m off to for a wee break with our daughter.

While I'm away Dan's redecorating our 'boot room' - the unheated room at our back door where dirty boots, wet clothes etc have always been taken off and stored.

Boot room beforeBoot room before.

The terracotta floor was never properly sealed and it's filthy!

Meet Tom / Scotland the Bread / Cold snap

Monday 11 December, 2017

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Monday 4th December

Not a bad day – mild but a bit raw by nightfall. Received some photos of Winnie and Paddy looking quite content.

Did the routine paperwork in front of the woodburner.

Started a mix for Christmas cake – this is going to be mini cakes for the Solstice gathering.

Made cottage pie for dinner- so good to have mince  again.

Dan’s made fab bread with the new flour.

Scotland the Bread loavesScotland the Bread Hunter's Flour boules.

Rugby / Beef / Green raddle / Sycamore

Tuesday 5 December, 2017

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Monday 20th November

Very wet this morning – must have been a lot of rain overnight – and it’s been pretty persistent all day, although it’s not hugely cold. So glad that we managed to get the cattle in over the weekend.

Lucy bagged the best spot in the field shelter.

Lucy in the field shelterLucy, boss equine.

Farewell to Winnie and Paddy / Scotland the Bread flour

Monday 4 December, 2017

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Monday 27th November

Nice morning but cloudy at lunchtime and with a rising wind.

Did the usual bill paying and paperwork then made mincemeat. Christmas is coming!

Tuesday 28th November

Mild and sunny today. Put a halter on Paddy, our steer calf, today for the first time.

Paddy and Blizzard halteredPaddy and Blizzard.

Tupping / Smoking / Steers housed / Cattle in for winter

Tuesday 28 November, 2017

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Monday 13th November

Grey and wet here but none of the snow other places have had.

Niamh has a very yellow bum; she’s seven past in April and didn’t lamb last year, so I wasn’t sure if she’d be OK this year. But hopefully she will be.

Tuesday 14th November

Damp and cold again. Up early this morning and made egg custard tarts.

Egg custard tartsEgg custard tarts, yum.

Tupping underway / Bug improving / Florentines / Forfar FM

Tuesday 28 November, 2017

by Rosemary at 1:56pm in Smallholding 1 comment Add your own

Monday 6th November

Frosty start – really enjoying this good, dry spell though. Caught up with paperwork this morning then up to Astwood to check the sheep.

Found one ewe couped – could see the legs waving in the air when I arrived. She obviously hadn’t been over long and was fine once I turned her the right way up. 

Four yellow bums – including the two that he “surprised” yesterday, so I’m not sure if they are genuine yellow bums or pretendy ones.

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