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 !
These are my neighbour “hoots” Black face sheep mine were desperate for a hair cut so we booked a lovely shearer George to do the deed and also give me a shearing lesson.
And after all that the girls
looked a helluva lot better ..
After their haircut, looking hot to trot ..just after shearing.
And no ,I didn’t interfere, and yes I did leave the expert to clip the sheep …
Not long after shearing time we were offered some ducks , you may remember I failed miserably at the auction earlier in the year so we jumped at the chance to populate the loch .. meet our new youngsters two Indian runners , one Appleyard and two Cayuga ducks (or kadgagoogoos as Karl named them ) very lovely dontcha think .
We kept them penned for a few days to get used to their new home before giving them some freedom , oh they were soooo happy to get open water ..
Another purchase this month , and a bit more pricey than the ducks was a posh lens for the camera ..
ooh what a difference a lens makes
shame it doesn’t also photoshop my wrinkles .
But it does make capturing our wildlife so much more fun and possible for us amateurs .
Back to our own animals and Nora proved herself to be a bit of a tease this month as her “due date” came and went without the appearance of piglets .. ah well back to the drawing board as they say
and back to watching my pigs bum !
Apart from Nora , we do manage to see plenty of other babies, earlier in the summer we had watched the wild ducks hatching their eggs and ushering the babies off into the wild, then there were nests outside our windows housing house martins and their new chicks,. Even the owl boxes that we put up managed to rear a clutch of Barn owl chicks
(cant wait to catch sight of those)..
oh and Ailsa arrived one Wednesday afternoon carrying a box full of Muscovy ducklings … am sure I only asked for 6 it proper looks like double that to me.
.. flippin baby birds everywhere !!
The farm keeps us busy, but we do like a trip out , and one I’d been itching to get out to was to see how the new owner of Cally Gardens was settling in .
It seems Kevin Hughes is making his mark and keeping the standards high at Cally , a must see garden for any of our horticulturaly minded visitors (and my personal favourite garden) The most beautiful walled garden ..anywhere I challenge you !..
Talking of gardens , ours was getting busy with itself again and our five a day we’re getting proper out of hand , no shortage of “pick your own” guests either x
Lovely photo of wendy here dontcha think?..
Finally we had a lovely belated birthday (mine) visit from my bestie and so everythings really looking rather Rosy (lea) still.. come back soon Steph and Alex
Sorry were you expecting pictures of our roses ..