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 ?
Carrying on with a food theme, this is Lauren , as you can see looking proper chuffed with herself ! She finally talked me into a chocolate brunch . Castle Douglas has lots of lovely cafes and shops, a great high street in fact BUT it also has a dedicated chocolate shop .. Inhouse chocolates is not to be missed if you can help it ,we will definitely be back ..
Loved the chocolate ‘Belties’
And just like that , more chocolate arrived .. our besties with The Purple wrapper of course ..To burn up all those rascally calorie thingies we had a girls night out , I won’t share the photos again
it got quite messy 🙂
But you can check out the selfie on our Facebook site if you really need to see us looking worse for wear .
Anyway back to work ..Don’t know if I mentioned it before, but the man of the house has bought quite a lot of machinery over the last few months, and it soooo came into its own when the weather perked up ..
he managed to get both us girls, and virtually all the machinery going in one day !
Our track from the main road is a mile long bumpy pot hole ridden joy that needs taming somewhat ..
so when the council did some roadworks a few months ago I was on the phone pretty damn quick begging the ‘planings’ (old tarmac fragments ) and managed to secure 3 huge piles at strategic points on our track , perfect for resurfacing ..
So of course one sunny afternoon we were all out playing with tarmac !
Daddy in the tractor and grader box making lovely black road, and us girls with the kubota filling potholes.. it’s knackering but quite therapeutic!
Made us happy …me thinks maybe you probably need to be there to get it ..
you’d appreciate the smoother road though 🙂
A story I’ve not yet diaried is the evil and cunning plan that is our holiday let business idea…
Our farmhouse sits next to a group of buildings known as The Dairy, The Byre and The Croft. A Croft is a rented farm up here in Scotland so a name that we thought sounded nicer than it’s original name the garage !
I interviewed 3 architects last Autumn and we chose the one that best suited our project.
By February we had been surveyed and drawn electronically ,been checked out for bats and Marc our architect had worked up various drawings and ideas until he and I had settled on final plans for each building… exciting stuff
Here at Grobdale but we are surrounded by beautiful scenery , I have got into a routine of meeting Naomi with our dogs and begun exploring the lovely countryside we can access.
This is Teal with George and Charlie enjoying a good run and explore .
Back at the farm, we decided to make better use of a small scrubby paddock next to the track , with an idea to make it into another pig area ..
All of us got to work and over a couple of weekends got it up and running .
The idea is to have 2 herds of pigs, maybe two different breeds and three areas they can use .
So two areas populated , one area to re generate ,and all three areas be rotated throughout the year to allow the land to recover .
The search is on for some more piggies .. to add to our family .
And so to best explain my blog title this month , here’s Nora on her jaunt with Teal. When excited and happy pigs actually bark !! Fact BOOM