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Open Farm Sunday / Soup / Yurt / Bees / A birthday

Monday 8 May, 2017

by Rosemary at 10:54am in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 24th April

Sunny, windy and dry today; the promised rain didn’t materialize and it’s cold – 3°C – tonight.

Ace was very frisky this morning – and that gets the girls going – and Bryn “herding” them didn’t help.

Finally completed the papers for OSCR to register “Smallholding Scotland” as a Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation – fingers crossed that we’re accepted. It’s taken far longer than I thought it would.

Beltane / Patio / Yurt / Split hive / New bakeware

Tuesday 16 May, 2017

by Rosemary at 9:22am in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 1st May

So today is Beltane, one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals and traditionally the start of summer and the day the cattle would be turned out.

One ritual associated with Beltane is to drive the cattle over or between sacred bonfires to protect them and to encourage growth. Cattle were also decorated with yellow flowers.

None of that happened here but I did give the cows and Ace a brush after they were fed.

Grass / Bugsy's harness / Courses / Cheeps / Hedgehog

Tuesday 23 May, 2017

by Rosemary at 10:54am in Smallholding 4 comments Comments closed

Monday 8th May

Still sunny and windy. There’s rain forecast for Saturday – please, let it rain.

Did the weekly paperwork including a trip to the bank.

Made a smoked fish quiche for dinner – very nice indeed. Finally cracked pastry, I think.

Dan went straight to Astwood from the office, repaired some fencing and moved the steers to a fresh paddock.

Tuesday 9th May

Still dry. We really need some rain. The local farmers are irrigating now, although I have resisted the temptation to put the sprinkler on the veg garden.

Cheeps out / Cow bath / Tea cosies

Friday 26 May, 2017

by Rosemary at 9:07am in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 15th May

Bug’s lame in his near fore. Not very lame and I’m pretty sure it’s not laminitis. Given him some bute and we’ll see what he’s like in the morning.

The owners of the property where we have some our rented grass are selling up. We’re not altogether surprised but it’s a bit of a pain. We’ve got a nice system going with the cattle up there. Hey ho. Sadly, it’s almost certainly going to go as an equestrian property rather than a smallholding.

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