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Mostly cattle; Autumn jobs; Pig pen prep

Thursday 3 November, 2016

by Rosemary at 11:25am in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 24th October

Been a lot of rain over night. Paperwork day today. Need to get started on the Smallholding Scotland Conference programme this week. The venue’s booked and the catering sorted – just the speakers to arrange now.

Tuesday 25th October

Woke to our first proper frost this morning – had to scrape the car at 10am. To be fair, it was parked in a shaded area.

Popped up to Astwood to check on the lamb with orf and give another spray with Alamycin. The sore bit looks much less angry and I can’t see any sores on any of the other lambs. They were very well behaved and came into the pen no trouble at all.

Cattle movements; Xmas cakes & puddings; Smoking

Tuesday 8 November, 2016

by Rosemary at 3:34pm in Smallholding 1 comment Comments closed

Monday 31st October

Grey and miserable today and so was the weather.

I was bushed after all the travelling to the SCBA AGM. The event itself wasn’t riotous but the travelling was tiring. So chores done and off for a nap :-)

That done, I popped up to apply spray to the lamb with orf – it’s looking better - and marked a lamb that was a bit lame. I’ll see if it clears up in 24 hours – if not, I’ll get her in for a good look.

Weeding; Baking; Knitting; Cattle

Monday 14 November, 2016

by Rosemary at 5:05pm in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 7th November

Finally got started weeding the veg garden. Did the perennial bed – it’s the easiest because some of the area is taken up by strawberries and comfrey. Pulled out the pea supports and I’m determined to make a start on that bed tomorrow.

Checked the cattle at Astwood and they are all fine. Blizzard is bawling a wee bit. I let her out this morning but she was happy enough to come back into the barn this afternoon.

One Sasso still unable to find her way to bed – her days are numbered (at five, in fact) if she doesn’t get her act together.

The Beef Mountain

Monday 21 November, 2016

by Rosemary at 4:48pm in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 14th November

Today was beef collection day. With two beasts totaling 750kg deadweight, Stuart, our butcher, had told us to bring a trailer as it wouldn’t all fit in the car. Dan was there with trailer at 8am. And we needed it.

It was the worst day for it to be 14C – we would have preferred a hard frost! :-)

Anyway, made up the 20 beef boxes that had been sold; fifteen were being picked up today. The other five went in one of the freezers – then we looked at what was left. And Dan went off to Curry’s to buy a fifth freezer. Anyway, with much pushing and shoving, it all went in a freezer.

Winnies halter / Steak / Sheepskins / Baking

Tuesday 29 November, 2016

by Rosemary at 5:38pm in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 21st November

Had an appointment with the solicitor that acted for the vendor when we bought Dalmore. We have a query about the boundary between our property and the second lot. The solicitor looked about twelve. I do want to trust them. I do.

Tuesday 22nd November

Dry, cold and sunny. Went for lunch in a new café opened by two friends of ours – and very nice it was too.

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