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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.

Workshop / Pullets / Zephyr

Monday 6 May, 2019

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Monday 29th April

Cool and grey in the morning but getting sunny and warm. It was Bryn’s 4th birthday today – where does the time go?  He had tuna for dinner as a treat.

Vet came out to give Leo his second tetanus, so that’s him up to date and he doesn’t need another one for 13 months.

Tuesday 30th April

Delivered a talk at a local primary school on farming. One cheeky wee B, but he wasn’t for long.  Caught up with some paperwork. Wrote a shopping list, which lead into a good tidy up of the pantry and a defrost of the kitchen freezer.

Spuds / Shallots / Peas

Monday 29 April, 2019

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Monday 22nd April

Good weather continues – it’s pretty dry. Brought the cows and Ace in but didn’t milk; still the routine is re-establishing. Some things we do the same all the time – hens, meat chicks, pigs; some seem to change every year, like the cattle’s routines.

The pet lambs diet is underway; having read the packet, we’re overfeeding them. Maybe should have read the packet first. So every second feed is now only 300ml; planning to stop the 2am feed soon.

Lambs / Bees / Zephyr

Monday 22 April, 2019

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Monday 15th April

Short but heavy rain shower overnight; cold, cloudy and windy during the day. Feels like rain but it’s stayed dry. Bought a big bale haynet for the ponies.

Tuesday 16th April

Weather’s continuing cool and grey. Had a smallholders lie-in today – did the chores then went back to bed for a couple of hours.

No2 is close to lambing – so not the 6th May as I thought. So that’s just her and the mad Shetlands to go.

No5 / PIgs / Pullets

Monday 15 April, 2019

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Monday 8th April

Lovely spring day – sunny and warm. Moved No5 to the maternity ward then went for hay. Dosed No7 and No11 and tailed their lambs; turned out No11 but keeping No7 in until I’m sure the lamb’s eyes are better.

Turned out the pet lambs during the day but brought them into the maternity ward for overnight, just to be sure they’re safe.

Managed to get our personal tax returns done and off to the accountant; one down, three to go.

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