Saturday, 1 May 2010

We'vw been watching these geese on the pond in one of the fields. She has a nest in the middle of the reeds in the middle of the pond.

Went back last night and she wasn't sitting on the nest. But there were 2 planks from the edge of the pond to the nest. Somebody had taken the time to carry the wood over our fields and plunder the nest. It's beyond me. But if I catch them.....................

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

A quick update on Barney and Shelley. They've done really well, both filled out a bit, and are now in the orchard with their Mums. They seem to be getting milk but I'm keeping a very close eye on them. Barney still has those floppy ears but.......... I love him :)

Thursday, 22 April 2010

We thought lambing finished with a lovely set of twins on 3rd April. Then one of the gimmers (first time mothers) produced a tiny lamb and within 3 days 2 more gimmers had singles. They're all tiny but one is in the orchard nesxt to the house the other 2 are here in the SCBU.

The one on the left had been out in the orchard but the weather changed and we had a biting wind. This little scrap had a clever knack of finding shelter - to the extent that one day neither I nor the mother could find it hidden behind a large stone against the old piggery wall until we heard the faint bleating. So we brought them in and I'm feeding Shelley (as in shelter. I know name them.....) to help it gain strength.

The one on the right we kept in the barn at the beginning but thought they would benefit from the company and the extra room. Barney (work it out) is a funny looking little thing with ears like a spaniel and a wrinkly coat like one of those expensive dogs. He's beginning to fill his coat a little bit better now.
But I have a slight problem. Both the mothers had been bottle fed by me last year and associate me with food. So when I go in with bottles for the babies they crowd me. It's not frightening - although they are BIG sheep and their breath close to is warm and sweet - but it intereferes with the feeding. So I'm having to barricade myself into a corner behind that old table you see there. I suppose it's my own fault for giving them digestive biscuits ....... :)

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

JT sowing all day today.

Ploughing started yesterday - beautiful day.

Monday, 12 April 2010

The house sparrows are getting a bit excited........

Sunday, 11 April 2010

How about this for spring lamb?
Lambing's over! Yeay! ...... until next year :) I'm still feeding 2 sets of twins but they are out of the SCBU and in the field next to the house so that makes it a lot easier.

They call for me at meal times. Cheek.

Saw my first swallow this week and my first butterfly and my first bee. Must be springtime.

Monday, 29 March 2010

This is JT rounding up some of the sheep to move them to a field with more grass. The lambs are quite uncontrollable but a joy to watch.