Earlier in the year Binty decided to grow some chillies, not because the Binty household like spicy things, but because Mr P-J does. So, once they were ready to come out of the greenhouse we inherited six little chilli plants. Well, 5 and a half as one is a bit dodgy... These little plants have been living… Continue reading The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary
When we bought our new ram, we were given 'luck money' and his show halter. This was something that had not happened before and perplexed us slightly, but we took it as a nice gesture. The luck definitely came, as he has sired some cracking lambs for us! Since then the thought of luck money… Continue reading Does that come with luck?
This evening we collected three lovely Blue-Faced Leicester ewe lambs; a coloured and two whites. The coloured girl will be going to a friend who breeds coloured BFLs and the whites will be staying with us and going to the ram next year. At the moment the ewe lambs are pretty much the same size… Continue reading Baby Bluefaces!
Whenever we visit the flock we do a quick head count to make sure that everyone is still in the group (and to ensure nobody has wandered off). We count them as we have always counted, starting at one and going up, because that's how it works, isn't it? However, counting sheep hasn't always been as it… Continue reading Counting sheep
For a little while we've been toying with the idea of getting some more sheep: not a vast number, but just a few for cross-breeding purposes. The Ryelands are perfect for us and we're still going to be breeding pedigree stock, we're just going to be investigating other options. This funny looking sheep is a… Continue reading More sheep?!
This afternoon around 5pm Binty got a call from the contractor who has been sorting out our hay. "The hay is done, but you're going to want to put it away before it starts raining." Sadly by the time the phone-call had ended rain was starting to set in. So, we all pitched in; Mr P,… Continue reading We’ve got hay…sort of
Sadly, despite having cut and turned the hay during the good weather, our contractor didn't bale it yesterday. We've had a lot of rain, and there is more to come...not good news for the hay crop. It may yet be salvageable (which is what we are hoping), but the nutritional value will have been affected… Continue reading “Make hay while the sun shines”
The weather today was perfect for blackberrying and so we went to the field to see what the hedges had in store for us. We weren't disappointed! Usually when we pick blackberries we are very careful not to strip the bushes of every piece of fruit so that there is always something left for the animals… Continue reading Hardcore Blackberrying
An annual job; sorting out the registration certificates and making sure they get to the new owners. Due to putting last year's certificates somewhere very, very safe, there are more than usual to send out this time. Our (not-so) little lambs are off to join other flocks and hopefully produce wonderful lambs of their own.
This morning there was a definite chill to the air, and the sun is not rising as quickly as it has over the past weeks (or at least it seems that way). It has slowly dawned on us that summer is coming to an end and autumn is creeping in. Normally we would lament this, but… Continue reading No more summer?