October started off well with a new addition to the livestock .. a good friend Jean had a pony that needed a home, so I couldn’t say no and when we met Gemma pony a section A (tiny hardy sturdy little unit ) she seemed just the thing to keep Lotte company … just got to get them used to each other and avoid the kicks !
so we are now a farm with 17 ducks, 16 sheep, 10 chickens , 5 pigs , 2 ponies and a dog !
I think that classes as a Farm now not a small holding ?
Ribs were healing well so my thoughts turned to
getting back on Lotte , maybe not for anything too speedy but it was frustrating not being able to get out in the lovely autumn sunshine .
Body armour was my weapon of choice and I think it’s pretty sexy huh .. am hoping it will remind me to ride better and stay on !
Continue reading “Balls and determination!”
How many September blogs,vlogs, diary posts or novels state this month to be when leaves change colour and temperatures drop ?…well Poo to that I hate to be a cliche, but I’m doing it too, there’s an avenue of Beech trees, on my route to most of everything that is stunning at all the spokes of the leaf colour wheel and right now it’s on the turn. There will be more photos as it transforms
I see cars stop all the time to capture the lovely canopy and it regularly stops me in my tracks ..
Continue reading “September the cliche !”
July ended in a downpour and a brilliant lightening storm that we soooo needed , the ground steamed, soaking up all that lovely rain and visibly heaved a huge sigh of relief.. The husband on the other hand got home one Friday night to find we’d actually finally run out of water just as the rain started ,so a man needs a shower .. what does he do ? You guessed it ,he showered naked in the rain ..
I so wish I had a naked husband shower photo to post here .
The rain didn’t last long though and within a few days we had our summer back .
Continue reading “Heaving a sigh of relief ..”
I can’t quite believe it but we are in July and it seems we’ve been here a year ! It’s been a very busy and eventful fun packed , proper “out of anyone’s comfort zone “ kind of year .
In fact there’s no such thing as a comfort zone anymore as every day and each new challenge is always way out of the box ..
Everything’s blooming despite the scorching weather , it could all do with a good soaking but I’m not complaining and the roses are loving it .. The sheep don’t even seem to notice their massive winter fleeces !
Continue reading “Everything’s turning out Rosie x”
Our beautiful baby girl turned 18 in June and so it’d be impossible not to make a huge fuss of her .The birthday celebrations started with a bounce ! And then it all got very messy x
First came her birthday present , a new big trampoline , we’ve had a couple of these over the years and basically worn them out so it’s not going to be neglected .. oh and the sheep quite like it too !
Anyway , as is usual with us, birthdays sometimes overrun a bit and tend to evolve, so it turned into a 4 day event with a proper fun house full ..
Continue reading “A June baby”
May was beautifully warm and dry , the weather was amazing , perfect for getting out and about in Dumfries and Galloway…
Lauren really got quite into the horse scene this month and we began riding lessons over at Barstobrick riding stables about 20 minutes from the farm, here she is riding Big red , our favourite Irish cob .
We also heard about, and enrolled as volunteers for the RDA (Riding for the Disabled ) also at Barstobrick. A lovely weekly horse fix for both us and the clients that access this project.
It seems that wasn’t enough, and after revisiting the 3 R’s stables a Fantastic project run by Susan and Gordon Rescuing, Rehabilitating and Rehoming horses and ponies.
We soon became volunteers and are learning more every time we drop by .
Continue reading “Hot to trot ..”
April 2018 is when the man of the house reaches a half century , so this month a lot of the energy is spent organising a shindig to celebrate !
Other than our gorgeous man, it’s been all about babies this month.
We started the month with lambs popping out all over the place , Toms sheep were first,
Like multi vitamins,
about one a day ..
but with all this new life there has to be a few casualties, the first was a new mum leaving behind a little lamb that became
She soon learned to suckle milk from a bottle and everyone had a go at feeding our new house guest x
Continue reading “As old as the man you feel ..”
Spring arrives in March thank goodness…. though
someone should really tell the weather ! Cos it clearly thinks it’s still Winter ..
The cold doesn’t stop lambing tho and on our daily check round the fields me and Lauren spotted our first Grobdale lamb for 2018 .. so cute . On our way back down , we spotted another sheep up on the top , separated from the main flock , a tell tale sign she’s about to lamb so we took the kubota up to check her out . The lamb was coming so we hung on to watch , but it all seemed to be at taking a bit too long and she wasn’t going to let me get near and without a dog or a crook (or any sheep wrangling skills for that matter) so we bombed back to the house and rang a man with a dog . Within the hour he had her caught,birthed , and shown us how to tube feed the lamb . Mum and baby claimed the first stall in lambing shed and by bedtime the lamb was suckling as he should..
(this is us heading back out to the main flock next day)
A lovely bit of drama to kickstart lambing season .
Continue reading “Cute enough to eat ?”
It was February , and so my blog catch up is nearly done , as usual it was a full month..we don’t mess around here sat around drinking tea is sooo not done! Early
on in the month we had noticed some tiny eggs appearing with the other hen eggs , our little hatchlings Hetty and Betty(about to become Bert) had starting laying after a few days we realised that Betty was actually a cockerel and so renamed swiftly as Bert..
He may become coq au vin yet .
They make lovely eggy bread though , hey Aunty Sam ,what do you think ?
Continue reading “Who knew that pigs could bark !”
January 2018 was a glorious month , we had been here 6 months and it was feeling more like home. We were spending so much more time together as a family , even with Andy away working most of the week.. Doing our kind of stuff, building things , fixing things , learning new skills. Making friends and having friends stay with us has been an added bonus that we didn’t know would definitely happen.
Lauren was getting more and more involved , flower and Daffodil the bunnies had decided they were actually chickens and moved out of their hutch and in with the hens much to Lauren’s initial worry, then joy as they decided they weren’t shy anymore either !!
Continue reading “Rabbits that think they’re chickens !”