Saturday, 30 April 2022

Dealing With An Egg Glut

 They keep saying about an egg shortage but my girls don’t watch the news and continue to lay along with the duck gang, prices of eggs are rising in the shops but our eggs at the gate have stayed the same price for now

£1 for chicken eggs and £1.50 for duck eggs 

But sales have dropped off leaving me with a glut of eggs to use up.

I no sooner use them up and some asks if I have any eggs as the shop had run out, typical buy from the shop then when they don’t have any think I just keep eggs for them.

Two big jars of pickled eggs were done 34 eggs in total


Then it was on to the duck eggs

3 different quiches gave me the chance to add bits of ham, and veg etc from the bottom of the fridge, 6 eggs in each quiche 


When I run out of pastry it was frittata using up 10 eggs spinach ham peppers


Then there was some sausage meat left in the freezer from when we did sausages that got used with another 6 eggs for scotch eggs.

While I was in the freezer rummaging around found a portion of curried mince lamb so that got pulled out and made into some pasties for lunches.

Plenty of grab and go lunches available now, it’s a busy time of year and sometimes you just don’t want a sandwich, or I haven’t made any bread, .

Now I have Martin at home a lot more he needs feeding.

More news on the home front, next week I have an appointment with the surgeon, the farm shop and Martin’s new office also arrives next week, almost all the yard stuff from the business is here Martin just has two more lorry loads to bring up, then it will be the big sort out, we have already started listing lorries on eBay.

On the farm front we have started milking the goats again, the buffalo are now back out on grass


And we have collected another two hives of bees to replace the two we lost last year to wasp attacks.


That’s it for now be back soon, take care everyone.

Friday, 25 March 2022

Time To Share Our Big News


 Spring has sprung at Stickle Tarn, blossom on the fruit trees are alive with bees, which is great to see and seed sowing is on the way, but I am holding back on the reins with planting out, a bit of Spring sunshine gives a false sense of security, we still have very cold frosty nights, we could still get snow, so I am just taking it easy and enjoying the warmth of the sun.

WHATS BEEN HAPPENING 

SUCH A LOT 


Our goats have kidded, 

we have four lovely little bouncy kids, 

who always bring a smile to your face.

We are not lambing this year.

So what else is going on 


The building work is now coming on a storm which is a great relief to see and now we can see what we have, pop over to the Building page for a full update on what went wrong.

Martin has a new to us tractor this makes a big jobs easier you can see it here on this video


  I suppose I should tell you of our BIG NEWS this is life changing stuff for us.

In two weeks time Martin will be here full time, yes at last after 8 years of working away my husband will be at my side here on the smallholding.

We have been selling off our scaffolding business in Bedfordshire, he wont be fully retired just yet but no more working away, well perhaps the occasional night, we will be running a small works scaffold business from here and the past year has been getting the word out and small jobs have been done, Equipment has been moved up here that will be needed along with a couple of trucks.

Of course he will need an office to work from 


And this what is going on here, clearing a space for an office and a

FARM SHOP

Yes Stickle Tarn is going to have a little farm shop, a place we can sell our Buffalo Meat, plants, veg, eggs along with other things we produce here on the smallholding. 

On the subject of Buffalo meat, we have been working with a local butcher Mark Webb who is taking on some of our meat and also making burgers and sausages from it. 


Lots of big changes afoot 2022 is going to be an exciting year for us,

I hope it is for you too.

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

An Update is in Order

 I thought an update was in order, I am still battling with my health issue, my first hospital appointment with the surgeon was cancelled we drove for an hour just walked in the hospital doors and they phoned to cancel so it was back in the car and drive home again, we were both very disappointed  as we thought we were getting somewhere.

Anyway there was nothing we could do about it just suck it up.

I have now got another appointment next week fingers crossed this one will go ahead.

My GP did tell me results of the CT scan, it showed a hole in the skull, as it’s not his field he couldn’t really comment much more. 

I have good days we’re I feel somewhat normal and can get on with chores and try and play catch up on jobs, then I will be floored by bad days we’re I struggle to do anything and spend a lot of time laying down , bedtime is worse the nights are long and I toss and turn, which of course results in a battle with fatigue the following day.

I have been getting some things done a bit of canning


Training Poppy


Feeding Buffalo


And the freezers were given a big overhaul


I hope everyone is keeping well andI will update again after my hospital visit.

Thursday, 30 December 2021

End Of The Year 2021

 Well that’s another year flown by, 

a wet and windy end to this one, up to our knees in mud, 

Once the rain and drizzle stops we do dry out underfoot fairly quickly, thank goodness.

Christmas Day was quiet and relaxed we headed down the beach with the dogs a friend joined us with her dogs too



Paige and Mia were happy running around making new friends catching up with old ones, Poppy was very scared it’s only been her second trip off the farm and everything is so scary for her.

We took a flask of hot chocolate, some sausage rolls mince pies and this year’s Christmas cake. Newfoundland Cherry cake.


Day after Boxing Day I did spend a little time in the Polytunnel sowing some onion seeds, I did read it was traditional to sow the Boxing Day but I wasn’t feeling up to it, I am sure one day won’t make a difference.

This week we also got the young goats seperated,  the two young bucks needed moving into a new paddock were they will be joined by Elvis in a few days, then the two young does that I plan to breed from next winter will be moved up to the big goat house. Sloshing around in mud is not the best environment to try cleaning down goat houses bringing in fresh straw and hay but we got there. 


The was a bit of verbal objections but they soon settled down.

Last night in a my quest to get rid of one of the freezers, I pulled out 10 pints of stock meat and fish stocks and got them canned up



I had recently bought a cast iron gas ring that I can run off bottled gas, specifically for canning, gives it more control over the temperatures.

So what does 2022 bring.

I will do another post on that as we have a life changing announcement to make.

Hope you all have a good one stay safe and well.

Monday, 20 December 2021

‘‘Twas The Week Before Christmas

 And all is fine, life continues on the smallholding animals still need feeding, feeding changes in winter they need more carbs and calories to help keep them warm, and with the Buffalo shut in there winter quarters we add chopped fodder beet to there daily feed


Martin went and collected a lorry load at the week end , we will proberbly need another two to see us through until they go back out to graze in the spring.

The Buffalo go through two large haylage bales every five days so it’s an expensive time of year feed wise for us along with all the straw for bedding. 

The others all get treats too.


Thanks to a lovely friend .

I have had a couple of rough weeks health wise and it’s put the Christmas preps back a bit, but I did get a bit of a catch up the other day.


In the new year we will be announcing some big changes that are taking place on our smallholding, it’s going to be an exciting 2022 for us.



We have had some lovely weather this past week and took the opportunity while out delivering some Buffalo meat boxes to take Poppy to the beach for the first time, she was very scared but after a while she relaxed a bit but is not ready to be let off her lead.


We have had some fantastic sun rises as well, helps you forget the storms we went through the power cuts and torrential rain.

Got some present wrapping to go and finish, Martin is cooking fish chowder for dinner, fire is lit and the dogs are snoozing all is well in our little world hope all is in yours too.