When Henry was born my aunty bought me a hand and foot casting kit. It was one of the best presents I received as it meant I could capture a memory of his tiny hands and feet in the comfort of our own home. Those first couple of weeks where a time when leaving the house just seemed impossible so it was a fabulous activity to keep my mind working- between sleep deprivation and pure house chaos.
Our two call ducks had their first hatch of ducklings and I got so excited I forgot to post the pictures! It was such a wonderful time, a completely new learning experience but I loved every minute of it and it has inspired me to go on and breed more.
Everyone knows the foot wear of choice for a farmer is the classic green welly! That being said there are so many makes, versions and colours available now a days.
During the summer we both wear boots but for the most part of the year in Britain we wear wellies so I thought I would share our preference.
As a first-time mum I found the most overwhelming thing to buy was a pram. I visited Mammas and Pappas, Kiddi Care and Mothercare looking at different makes and models. After several trips, pushing prams up and down, folding them, testing the brakes and hearing the various opinions of many sales people across the stores I have purchased two- The Silver Cross Wave and the Out n About Nipper.
Here I will focus on the Out n About Nipper.
Every morning I ask my other half – what are you doing today?
When we first got together he would say ‘Going to check the animals’ and I thought it was just a cop-out so he could just drive round the fields and not really do a lot. It’s only know I have learned more that I understand how important a job this is.
If you can drive round all the animals and be home for a cup of tea without having to do anything more, it has been a good morning.
If we ever decide to have a lie in or a nice relaxing day, you can guarantee that is the day the sheep escape!
The majority of sheep spend all day in the field grazing and minding their own business. Every group has that one rebel sheep though, normally one key ring leader with three or four key followers who work on their own. They spend every minute from the moment you put them in a field to the moment you move them to the next trying to figure out how to escape!
We needed extra space this lambing so I thought I would share a quick overview of our Poly Tunnel.
Well the cows have been in all winter and the time has come to release them! The weather was particularly bad this year and combined with the date of our TB test it meant the cows were kept in a bit longer than normal.
In the winter we bring all of our cows inside. The wet weather and cold is the driver behind why we do this- mainly because there is a lack of fresh green grass for us to rotate them round, and thereby no food for them, secondly the cows will churn up a wet muddy field in a matter of days making massive ruts and ruining the ground.
Ever wondered how to keep a dog entertained for free?
Just get a stack of straw bales!