Tag Archives: Smallholding

January chicks

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I went out to do the mucking out yesterday and got distracted by the insistent cheeping of a new-born chick wanting its Mum. It was coming from the hay byre, so off I went in search. I pinned down the area where it was (at the bottom of a 15 foot high stack of hay), […]

July – already!

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This year seems to be flying by. And the weeds seem to be growing far faster than last year! I’ve done a little weeding today and will do some more whilst I cook the dinner. I also need to poo-pick in the field. With four ponies now, it soon mounts up, even though two of […]

Show Preparation

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Well, since March we’ve had 19 lambs out of 12 ewes, sheared 20 sheep, and now it’s time to get sheep and horses ready for the annual Sanday Show. I’m taking 12 sheep and both horses (the horse classes are a bit low on numbers this year, so I’ve entered both of them). Decided to […]

It’s been a while

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Things have been busy up here. The sheep all eventually had lambs – a total of seven lambs (three of them boys) out of five sheep. The boys were duly ringed and will be kept for at least a year to get a fleece off them. We have a new addition, Tan, a three-year-old working […]

Watching the Pot Boil

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That is to say, waiting for the ewes to lamb! The signs are all there, and three of them are into their due date range, but still no lambs. They’re in the small paddock to the south of the house at the moment, as they objected to being kept in the byre. It just means […]

Down on the Farm

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A day of mucking out and dosing sheep. The cross byre – where the horses are stabled – needed a good mucking out, so Barnaby’s half got done today. I did this whilst waiting for F to come with her sheepdogs to help round up the sheep for worming etc. She is so good with […]