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Primroses / Crocus / Sunflowers

Monday 7 March, 2022

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Monday 28th February

Quite spring-like today – light showers, light cloud, some sunshine. We have snowdrops, crocus and primroses out now.


crocusA crocus. Which is weird, beacsue I only planted narcisii.

Toad / Smokey / Gate

Wednesday 2 March, 2022

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Monday 21st February

Dry, cold and windy – lightened by some sunshine.

The farrier was here to do Smokey’s feet. And Dan and I took hay to East Pitkerro, along with some Spot-on, so hopefully the itching will stop. Most of the bare bits now have hair on them so fingers crossed.

Regular readers will know that Monday is my office day, but it was so cold, I had to move back to the dining room table. We have a small electric heater in the office and Dan, rightly, decided to put it on the timer – except he turned it off instead. Hopefully, it will be better tomorrow – for him. I’ll be doing something else.

Dudley / Eunice / Franklin

Monday 21 February, 2022

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This week has seemed to be mainly about storms – Dudley, Eunice and now Franklin. Thankfully, we missed the worst of it. It’s been wet and windy but we haven’t lost any more trees or had any damage (that we’ve noticed, so far).

Monday 14th February

Poor Euro had the trauma of a poultry crate falling on him this morning. No idea how it happened but the poultry crate is broken beyond repair. Thankfully, Euro is fine.

Started feeding the inlamb ewes today.

Fence / Secret Eggs / Buster

Monday 14 February, 2022

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Monday 7th February

Bit of a drama in Sheepfold this morning. As I took hay out to the sheep, passing the gate to Sheepfold, I could see Gracie was through the track’s electric fence and in the middle (no grass though). Smokey was at the far side of the field, on the track. Euro was at the gate.  Shouted Smokey and he didn’t move. Walked over and he had the rope of the electric fence wound fast round his near hind, just below the hock. His tail and feathers were also stuck in it. Phoned Dan to bring over the Jakoti shears – forgot to ask him to bring a halter. I stood at Smokey’s head, while Dan loosened the rope enough to get the blade of the shears down the side of his leg and cut the rope. Smokey never moved a muscle. The fence wasn’t on btw. Sometimes I forget how much I love my old boy.

Buster / Landscaping / Wildlife area

Monday 7 February, 2022

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Monday 31st January

Can’t believe it’s the end of January already. Winter has been remarkably kind this year so far – let’s hope we don’t pay for it later.

Slipped a halter on Buster this morning while he was eating his breakfast. Baby steps.

busterBuster with his halter on.

Tuesday 1st February

Today is the festival of Imbolc and St Brigid’s Day – the first day of spring, as winter releases its grip on the land.

Malik / Corrie / Woodstore

Monday 31 January, 2022

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Monday 24th January

Weather holding – dry and sunny, but a cold wind. Busy, busy today – Dan away for two loads of hay; Lorna’s car to the garage; bills and paperwork done (including three attempts at putting last week’s diary on the website); hay to the steers at East Pitkerro. If I mend Dan’s trousers and make ginger nuts before bedtime, I’ll have done everything on my list for today.

Five years since Meggy died. Still miss her; she was one of a kind and the dog of a lifetime.

Teapot / TB / Rhubarb

Monday 24 January, 2022

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Monday 17th January

Lovely day again – full sun! It made office work a bit challenging because the sun was in my eyes but no way was I shutting it out.

Vet was here early doors to do Grey’s TB test. Back on Thursday for the results. He’s from a TB4 area and a herd with no breakdowns, but can’t help being a wee bit anxious.

Finished updating our cattle website. I’m a bit of a technodullard and a technopanicker, so across the day, I’m both relieved and happy.

Weeds / Carrots / Nestboxes

Monday 17 January, 2022

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Monday 10th January

Why does it feel colder when it’s dull, even though it’s not?

Tuesday 11th January

Had to shut Tom in the office tonight, to starve him for his vet visit tomorrow. Not a happy cat.

We should have been husky sledding today but the ground is too hard. Took Smokey out for a walk instead.

Wednesday 12th January

It’s been a day of beautiful sunrises and sunsets.


Frost / Bean / Wood

Monday 10 January, 2022

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Monday 3rd January

Bit grey and overcast, but the strong overnight winds have dropped. Back in the office this morning – and discovered that most places are closed. Hey ho – items transferred to Wednesday’s to do list.

Did a bit more tidying in the barn and pulled some netting of the brassica beds. Gwenna thought it would make a nice bed. I think she was channeling her inner street dog!!!

streetdogGwennaStreet dog Gwenna, roughing it.

Hogmanay 2021

Monday 3 January, 2022

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Monday 27th December

Had a bit of a relaxing day, indulging my Lego habit.

Tuesday 28th December

Nicer this morning than forecast – broken cloud and a hint of sun. Planted out some narcissi bulbs (Jack Snipe and Tete a tete) in front of Meg’s patio, to naturalise there. I also found a tray of miscellaneous bulbs, so I’ve put them in the raised bed beside Meg’s patio. If they come, good and well; if not, well, they had a chance.

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