With the inside in a slightly more acceptable condition, we started to focus on the front of the shed. The cladding was very weather worn and rotting in places and so we decided to strip this off and replace it with treated plywood panels. This was relatively easy as we do tend to excel in… Continue reading The Lambing Shed (Part 2)
Mr P-J has been working very hard on the turkey enclosure and it is finally finished! With a bit of help from Binty and Little P we now have netting across the top of the area, just in case the turkeys decide to have a bit of a flap. Much like some aircraft, turkeys are… Continue reading Turkey Tuesdays: Let’s build 3
We have been busy little bees since the last Turkey update! The feathery fiends continue to grow and have now discovered that they can jump up onto the kitchen windowsill to watch daily goings on. The enclosure is coming on well. We have found a shed, put in posts and started the wiring, over a… Continue reading Turkey Tuesdays: Let’s build 2
This week we welcome two new arrivals to the flock...these aren't Ryelands, or Blue-faced Leicesters. They are Bowmonts! The Bowmont is a little-known breed that was developed in Scotland. We'll put a dedicated post up about this breed at a later date as it has a very interesting history and a rather bright future. Mr… Continue reading New things afoot (or is it a hoof?)
Our feathery lodgers were only ever meant to live with us temporarily and though they haven't quite out stayed their welcome they do need to move on to pastures new. We have found a nice evening, sheltered spot for them up at the field and have started bringing together everything we need to make them… Continue reading Turkey Tuesdays: Let’s build
This weekend Binty and Little P took on the not-so-easy task of worming and Heptavac-ing the flock. For those who aren't well versed in sheep maintenance, it is important to ensure that they are up to date with everything, especially prior to lambing. Heptavac P Plus is a vaccination that covers Pasturella as well as diseases… Continue reading Sheep maintenance
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
The hay has finally been cut! All we need now are a few more nice days of sunshine to dry it out, then it will be ready for baling. The sheep are already showing an interest...it isn't like they've just been moved into a fresh paddock or anything... Today really does feel like Autumn, there… Continue reading Hay hay hay!
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
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?