Thursday, 4 July 2019

5 Years Ago We Landed

5years ago we started our new life here in Wales it’s been a fantastic journey.

When you get up in the morning to a view like that it feels like your on holiday well I do.



Spending my days laughing at these three 



Making and enjoying fresh mint tea when I want 





Harvesting and preserving veg straight from the garden, this time it’s fresh spinach made into pucks and popped in the freezer. 



Whiling away the time watching our residents in the barn 




Bringing in the sheep at the end of the day ready for shearing, we are really blessed to live we’re we do how we do and appreciate everything around us.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

I Have Been Absent

Cant believe its been six weeks since I last blogged, so I better put that right and bring things up to date.
 The dogs have all settled in together and now have there own routine.
 Mia and Paige are best friends and spend there time together,
 Tess being a lot older is part of the gang but in a more refined dignified way as is becoming of an older lady. Leaving all the rough stuff to the younger ones.
Tess has just had her 13th Birthday and celebrated in style with her friends.
In Water Buffalo world
 Percy our young bull calf from last year was loaded up in the trailer

 and now lives with Fraiser 
Johnny was separated out 
 and has moved in with the big mamas Petunia Lavender and young Lily, he is mature enough now to service the ladies although he is a lot smaller, the calves from last year as almost the size of the two year olds. If there are no pregnancies then we will be looking at moving on the females, no point in feeding them through a winter for no return.
New Kids on the block
Connie and Thelma both kidded, triplets for the two of them and what a bunch of cuties they are
 Julien who we brought in to serve the ladies did a grand job.
 Just one little dark one
 all delivered without any issues
 3 boys 3 girls we might be keeping the females as future breeding stock.
Growing stuff
This half of the paddock that was cleared by the pigs, I decided to have a go at growing some food for the livestock
 I have put in half a dozen rows of sugar beet, about the same in spinach and turnips
 over on the other side a couple of rows of jerusalem artichokes, which will create a nice wind break as well as some fodder for the goats, I also had a lot of seed potatoes mixed up up from our own stock and about 6 rows have gone in
 without my Mantis tiller there is no way I cold have go this done, it may be 20 years old now but it still works great.
I invested in a seed sower earlier this year and its been brilliant at getting all those little seeds in without the back ache.
On the building front 
The scaffolding went up, maternity bat roost is in place, scaffolding is down, now we are just waiting on the license to be released from NRW which should be July we can then start with the renovations.
 
 



 

Monday, 15 April 2019

Phew One Of Each

Sunday 7th April
Paige is settling well, very relaxed and very playful.
 In the poly tunnel, strawberries are flowering
 The citrus trees are coming back into flower
 and lots of lovely new growth.
 and last years fruit is almost ripe
 
Monday 8th April
We were back at Pembrey Sands with both dogs
 They had a great time exploring the beach and Tess tried her best to keep up with Paige who loved digging up shells
 and when her legs gave out she was int her princess carriage
 to continue the journey in style.
 after a rest she was back out enjoying herself, having a paddle with her new friend.
 There was one very tired dog who snuggled down to sleep on the way back to the car.
Tuesday 9th April
A day spent in the poly tunnel, the beds have been topped off with well rotted manure and covered over with Silage Sheets. To try and retain moisture, heat up the beds and as I plan to plant through reduce weeding
 climbing frames made from stock fencing have been put all along one side.
 and wrapped over the top of the bars
 The grape vines have been tied in along the bars.
the other side also had the sheets put down and the ropes weighed down with scaffold tubes are being put in place for the tomatoes.
Wednesday 10th April
We have some rain forecast the first in two weeks, so I headed up to the top field that was torn apart by badgers
 and did some re seeding, we got a sack of mixed pasture seed from the feed suppliers.
 I had to hand broadcast it, but hopefully it will take.
The rain was just starting as I finished, by the time I got back to the house it had stopped, the downpour never happened.
Thursday 11th April
Trimming goat feet Wednesday morning and I pulled my back, as the day progressed my back got worse so it has been lots of rest me for a chance to start organising some computer files 
and getting stuff on usbs that I use all the time save me time going through files on the computer.
The sun was out and its time to start hardening off the ducklings
They had a great time exploring grass for the first time.
 Friday 12th April
Martin has gone to Bristol, he had something special to collect, 
still having back issues but it is improving,
 so spent the day baking 
 Chocolate Chip cookies.
Tortilla wraps  and a loaf that over rose and collapsed on me, but sill edible.
Martin got back late afternoon 
and here is the special collection.
Mia, it has been in the planning stage for several weeks Mia coming here to retire, she turns 9 this year and she as placed with a young boy who was Autistic but situations change and Mia had to be removed.
Saturday  13th April
 Its been a day of adjustment and getting to know you day, with three dogs in the house we only ever planned two, 
 Paige and Mia similar age like to play tug of war.
 All three like treats
 A trio of labs one of each crashed out in front of the fire.
 Paige has had her fist weigh in week 1 and she has lost 1kg
Well done Paige.


 

 
 

Sunday, 7 April 2019

A Very Sad Week with Highlights

Sunday 31st March 
Clocks changing and Mothers Day rolled into one, the clock changing always throws me out  for a couple of weeks, really don't see why we have to go though this ritual twice a year as we are very much a 24hr society now.
The Cheese got waxed a few weeks then it can be tasted and decided if its worth doing any more.
Monday 1st  April
Oh my such a sad sad day.
This is Maggie, We have been best friends for 14 years, Maggie lived in Hull and I lived in Milton Keynes when we first encountered each other, we met through a crafting forum and hit it off instantly, 
Maggie was disabled with a genetic disease Vascular Ehlers Danlos  she also had other complications, She had a fantastic sense of humour and out look on life, our relationship was constant phone calls lasting hours, we did manage to meet on several occasions too.
Maggie passed away early morning aged 53. I am devastated and still cant believe she is gone.
With all the sadness of the day we took Tess to Pembery sands, it gave me chance to  blow away the cobwebs and remember Maggie.
 The old wreck on the sands
It is unnamed 
and believed to be from the 18th Century
 
This photo was taken in 1950.
Tuesday 2nd April 
After the sad news of Maggie, good news was just around the corner, Maggie had an assistance dog from Dogs For Good (formerly Dogs for the Disabled) it was were Sol and Kara came from when they retired, We got a phone call to say Paige who was Maggie's dog was ours, we put in the request on Monday as many a time Maggie had said when Paige retires she would be coming to our little farm, her family followed up on her wishes as Paige is too old to be retrained now.  She was being boarded in Manchester and Martin would be collecting her later in he week.

Wednesday April 3rd
Martin is away at work,  and I got up to this
Snow and it was bitterly cold after the spring sunshine days we had, 
Still muddling through the days and making arrangements to travel to Hull for Maggie's funeral.
Thursday 4th April  
Yet more white stuff what is going on with the weather 
A short video of the new lambs in the snow.
Friday 5th April
Yeah the snow has gone and the sun has come out, spring has come back.
Martin came back today and brought Paige home.

 She settle in straight away
 and made herself at home, she is a bit on the chunky side so this young lady, who we think is 7 we don't have her paperwork yet, is on a diet, the last few months of Maggie's life she wasn't able to exercise Paige and her waist line has expanded. It wont take long to get her in shape, her coat is like velvet so soft and in fantastic condition.
Saturday 6th April
Another sad start to the day, one of the lambs was taken by a fox overnight. It was one of a twin born a few days ago. So now we are waging war on the fox population around here.
Paige has been running around the fields like a lunatic at this rate she will be slim in no time.
She has introduced herself to all the livestock and the ducks were not impressed and saw her off. 
Tess had a lovely present today
As you have seen on the blog, Tess is not good on long walks her back legs are just not up to it. We end up cutting walks short and having to carry her.
 Tess now has her own princess carriage
 So now when her legs give out she can hitch a lift and enjoy the rest of the outing in style.
Its was an exciting day for the buffalo too
here is another short video
After being confined over winter they are now back on grass, and they were so excited.
So all in all a very up and down week, with life comes death, with sadness comes happiness its all one big circle that balances itself out.