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Bees / Blackcurrants / Field Shelter

Monday 15 July, 2019

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Monday 8th July

Lovely day, so ditched the office and spent the day outside. Dan saw two foxes last night – a big dog fox and a smaller one, either a youngster or a vixen. His late night apple thinning is keeping them away from the hens.

Picked and cooked more strawberries; they really have been amazing.

The cheeps seem quite settled in their pen.

I carried on weeding; Dan made elderflower cordial and checked the bees.

The strip grazing is going well – you can see where the ponies have been!

Fox (again) / Wildflowers / Penfold

Tuesday 9 July, 2019

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Monday 1st July

The summer continues with warm, sunny weather. Hopefully, Lindsay’s getting in lots of plenty good hay! I spent the morning doing some paperwork. It never goes away. I try to deal with emails promptly and there can be a lot of them.

Gave Limpy Lamb his second dose of antibiotic. I keep thinking about Wallace and his long struggle with joint ill, and cross my fingers and toes.

Decided to stop milking for now; Archie is now taking most of Annie’s milk and I don’t want to take the calves off. So back to Graham’s Organic, until Blizzard calves at the end of the month.

Lightning / Barn / Beans

Tuesday 2 July, 2019

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Monday 24th June

Heavy rain overnight, as forecast. Access to the barn is now restricted, so Ace wasn’t allowed in this morning.

AceAce, wanting in.

The duck has gone. I guess the crows took all her ducklings and she left. Sad.

Urquhart tried to make me think he was dead. Wish he wouldn’t do that.

UrquhartUrquhart, not dead.

Barn / Strawberries / Rosie

Monday 24 June, 2019

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Monday 17th June

So changeable today – warm, cold, sunny, raining. Four seasons in one day and just a few days to the Summer Solstice. Dan topped our neighbours paddocks but it was too long and wet for a good job, so he’ll need to go back. Then he went back to his thistle pulling!! The man’s on a mission.

Moved the sheep to Near Top – they do get excited about it, bless ‘em.

The pears are developig well - looks like a good crop.


Dead lamb and mucky straw

Monday 17 June, 2019

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Monday 10th June

Sunny and breezy today. Moved the sheep to Home, with access to the wee paddock the caravan is in. The grass is pretty long in there and I’d rather they ate it down than us cut it.

Dan topped Near Top – nice to be topping, in comparison to last year, when we were scrabbling around for grass. Then he checked the bees – all way well; they are very busy and he should be able to take some honey in the next couple of weeks.

Did some paperwork, sowed three varieties of beetroot and did some weeding in the veg garden.

Swarm / Gooseberries / Grass

Monday 10 June, 2019

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Monday 3rd June

Not a bad day, weatherwise. This combination of sun and showers is great – just need a few nice dry days for the hay.

We had one very heavy shower - and Ace wanted to come in. Wuss.

AceAce, not enjoying the rain

Our new farrier came to trim Smokey, who was as good as gold so the farrier will be back in eight weeks. It’s not easy getting a farrier and even harder to get a good and reliable one.

Travels / Strimmer / Courses

Monday 3 June, 2019

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Monday 27th May

Between the fox last week, eating the meat chickens, and crows egg stealing this week, I think Mother Nature is trying to put us out of business. So baffles are in place at the henhouses to discourage winged thieves.

Off to Inverness to take part in some workshops for the EU SALSA project, run in Scotland by the James Hutton Institute. Looking forward to meeting small farmers from Norway and France, and to visiting a couple of crofts, as well as meeting some form from ScotGov, Crofting Commission and Scottish Crofting Federation.

Scything / Fox / Shearing

Monday 27 May, 2019

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Monday 20th May

As usual, Monday is paperwork day. With it being the start of the new financial year and with the business reorganisation we’ve done, the systems are just settling down. I will admit to finding this quite stressful. I also seem to have done something weird to the spreadsheets we use while transferring them to the new year. Dan is not best pleased at having to sort them out. Again.

Shearing is arranged for Friday afternoon. The ewes are peching.

Annie / Cream / Dahlias

Sunday 19 May, 2019

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Monday 13th May

Another nice day. Milked Annie for the first time this lactation and Rosie for the first time since Archie was born; both were very good. Got about 15 litres from Annie, but in a few days she’ll start feeding the calf before milking.

annieAnnie's first milking.

I need to put some electric fence in Near Ditch to stop the cattle going on there after milking. Added to list.

Archie / Bees / Pears

Monday 13 May, 2019

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Monday 6th May

Lovely warm, sunny day. Dan got into the bees – all hives have queen cells, so he’ll have to take anti-swarming action this week. He also did some weeding in the apiary – loads of thistles – and started to harrow Laing’s Field.

beesBusy hive.

I weeded the strawberries – loads of couch –and sowed seeds – Parsnip Tender and True, Swede Ruby and Joan, Cornflower Polka Dot,Gypsophila Monarch White, Nigella Persian Jewel and Larkspur Dwarf Double Mixed.

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