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Posted: 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.

Blizzard and Winnie are out again during the day – might as well enjoy the sun while it lasts –but come 3pm, they’re at the gate asking to come in.

Wednesday 23rd November

Cold, dry and sunny. Took some Shetland steak down to Simon Howie for a trial by Gleneagles. Fingers crossed.

While I was there, I found out that the head chef at “Kyloe” in Edinburgh is a Shetland beef fan. He names Shetland as his favourite sirloin steak in this interview in the Scotsman, “John Rutter of Edinburgh’s Kyloe: My favourite steaks“.

Thursday 24th November

Another cold morning – an inch of ice on top of the hens’ water. Lovely and sunny though, and no wind.

Gave the ponies a warm breakfast this morning – Bug was showing off his superior insulation.

Frosty BugA frosty Bugsy.

Winnie is such a nice calf. She got a halter on for the first time today although I’ve been handling her for a few weeks now.

Winnie halteredWinnie haltered for the first time.

She was good as gold.

Friday 25th November

Still frosty, but sunny. Worked on the conference, the new smallholding organization and baked.

Made cherry almond biscuits and raisin and peanut cookies – and now I that I have accumulated enough small bean tins, I have started the mix for my mini Christmas cakes.

Got our sheepskins back from Skyeskyns – they’re rather nice, but I have a few queries about trimming.

Saturday 26th November

I was planning to go to “Livescot” today but it was such a nice day, I really had to stay home and get on with some jobs here. No weeding as the ground is still frozen, but I did get the blackcurrants and some of the gooseberries pruned. I really hate gooseberry bushes and was considering putting on the chainsaw trousers as protection.

Put Blizzard and Winnie in Sheepfold, forgetting that the fencing wasn’t complete, so they let them selves back into the barn at “coming in time”.

Sunday 27th November

Today, I managed to finally attend my first Scottish Ryeland Group event – a lunch in Stirling. And very good it was too.

Oh, and I managed sell some yarn and to buy a tup – he’s called Urquhart and he’ll be arriving this week.

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