January 2020RSS feed

Bees / Polytunnel / Culture

Monday 6 January, 2020

by Rosemary at 1:59pm in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 30th December

Dark and overcast, some light rain but very mild. Andy came over to do “man stuff” so he and Dan finished trimming, sorting and moving the brash – it’s going to be some bonfire when we get round to holding it.

I picked up a load of hay and checked the steers and Zeph at East Pitkerro. All well.

We have a robin residing, at least part-time, in the feed store. He now has his own feed bowl. And the goldfinches are back - the niger seed feeder had been untouched for weeks, but there were two goldfinches on it yesterday and they seem to be making up for lost time!

Afternoon Tea / Ponying Smokey / Zenith

Monday 13 January, 2020

by Rosemary at 4:10pm in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 6th January

Windy but very mild, becoming colder later with light rain. Office day, but baked a Banana, honey and walnut loaf for Sunday.

Tuesday 7th January

Mild and rainy; not as windy as forecast, drying up and some sunny spells. Dealt with more paperwork – dallying it doesn’t make it go away, sadly.

Started working with Zenith; she’s a spooky wee thing.

Ponies / Scanner / Dogs

Monday 20 January, 2020

by Rosemary at 5:18pm in Smallholding 1 comment Comments closed

Monday 13th January

Nice early on, becoming wet and windy as Storm Brendan strikes.

Trips to Harbro and for hay then into the office for the rest of the day – so many invoices and emails to be dealt with.

Tuesday 14th January

Dry and windy; put a new bale of hay in for the ewes.

Wednesday 15th January

Gillian the scanner here this morning at 7.30am. The Ryelands and Shetlands all came in fine; the BFL, not so much. Ended up penning them against the gate back into Sheepfold. Dan has decreed that they are to be sold. I can’t disagree – although I love the look of them, they’re bonkers. The only BFL to be tupped is empty as is Bambi and No2 – as expected.

Trailer / Blizzard / Pump

Monday 27 January, 2020

by Rosemary at 11:17am in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 20th January

Lovely day and I had a lovely drive up to Brechin to drop the livestock trailer in for a service and to have the electrics repaired after a pig ate them last year. What a beautiful country Scotland is.

The day started with Zenith the calf getting loose – my fault for not securing the gate. She was very excited and freaked Euro out with her carrying on. I had to take Gwenna back to the vet – she is better but not sound yet. Couldn’t find my credit card so called the helpline to suspend it – operator asked, “When did you last use it?” “Asda petrol on Friday,” I said. “Oh,” she said,” there’s a VetNow charge!” Aha, it was on the floor of John and Linda’s car, from yesterday. 

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