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 !”
December was a month of many colours , most of it glittery and shiny ! As far as me and Lauren are concerned, Christmas starts going up the first weekend in December so by Saturday 2nd we were pretty much done !
Even the pigs got decorated , they became “Reindeerpigs “.
This is Edna sporting a lovely set of antlers.. The pigs were a bit of a focus as they were almost at the right weight for slaughter , we had had a few enquiries about the meat and ..
Three (not so) little pigs
were accounted for , so it was time to sort out a butcher.. Meet Tom the butcher. As is usual we researched our topic and chose the best Butcher (it all came down to bacon and sausage – these being paramount in the Hunter household). Tom is Tom Grierson as in Grierson Brothers butchers of Castle Douglas , four generations of knife wielding, chop chopping chaps must be doing something right apparently since 1834 ! We came up with a plan and a date was fixed for January 22nd 2018… the girls were on their last month at Grobdale and
Tom was sharpening the knives !
Continue reading “Just out a “walkin ma” pig”
November was a big month as far as the man of the house was concerned because it was this month that we became a farm in his eyes ..
Tractor day had come !! BOOM
After lots of trawling machinery and livestock online sites , discussing at great lengths with anyone with any knowledge a suitable machine was found and bought.. since it was delivered to the end of our mile of lane on a week day it was up to me to get it down to the farm ..
Continue reading “A man needs a Tractor .. Fact”
October was upon us and life here was looking good. Lauren was settling into college , she gets a college bus and manages a 60 mile round trip by herself ! quite an amazing achievement for a girl used to a 3 mile commute with mum ..We were very proud of her and loved watching her enjoy her new independent steps. Andy’s diabetes was improving, his blood sugars were more stable and he has slowly started coming off some of his meds a wonderful endorsement of our new life.
The diary for October was a diverse one to say the least and it starts off with a weigh in !The pigs were growing well and I was keen to weigh them, however scales for pigs are not cheap or that easy to find second hand. I had heard on my very fantastic smallholding course that you can calculate weight in other ways, so after a bit of research I set about using the tape measure method..
This is Edna measuring around about 30kg according to the math.. And no this isn’t a joke its a real and serious way to weigh your porker..
I did actually get some proper scales eventually and they work just fine .. As you can see Teal trying out up at the top …
However the tape method is quite accurate and a lot more fun ..
Thank you Debbie Kingsley for that little gem of knowledge…
Continue reading ““Don’t ever ask a girl her weight””