Bringing home the bacon !

 

 

 

 

Apparently it’s the year of the pig ,and February it seems is definitely the month of the pig here at a Grobdale !

DEC NORA PADDLINGWe had felt for a while that Nora needed some help on the fertility front,IMG_0356 she wasn’t showing any signs of coming into season so AI (artificial insemination) hasn’t been an option ,

We needed a real man ..

We have found Social media to be a powerful tool and I’ve used it to sell and source all kinds if things including this time ,a loan Tamworth boar .

It took just over a week of messages and phone calls  .. on the journey I found her brother and her parents !

 

Third time lucky I discovered “Boaris “ and no he doesn’t have a blonde unruly mop ..

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Finger painting with sheep!

Our second December here at Grobdale, and we feel settled , less fly by the seat of your pants, maybe even comfortable.. dont  get me wrong , every day has an out of your comfort zone moment or three but the majority of the time it’s jobs that we’ve done before or at least something similar ..For  instance painting 5CDA40AC-EDEC-4E50-B188-043894B45CE1your loan Tup with raddle   !

Surely that’s just finger painting with animals instead of children .

If you’ve followed the link above ( click on the underlined word raddle ) you’ve read that by putting a dye or raddle on Gibbs , GIBBS AND MAGENTAmakes sure that he leaves his mark on any of the girls he’s mounted , so we know who could well be  in lamb and who’s due first if she is pregnant. All good information to a good shepherdess (and I am trying to be).

The loan tup Gibbs was turning out to be rather lovely to deal with , hopefully he’ll be as easy to load and return to his owner at the beginning  of next month ..

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The world according to gin or maybe pigs !

 

So November’s here and the  pigs decided , between themselves one day 6182C95B-21D0-46EC-811B-339C3AE2DA3Ethat they needed a change of scenery ..

 

So one afternoon we decided to take them out down to the loch ,their  first walk out was hilarious they were just proper giddy pants.

The freedom caused them to work up a fair old appetite , as if they needed any encouragement and when they’re hungry the noise they generate is rather impressive compared to their size I can only compare it to

A hundred violins being played REALLY badly !

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Balls and determination!

October started off well with a new addition 1D77DC89-E445-4356-B751-63B43A12EA64to 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 A66F32B1-3375-42FE-8EAA-15050B55D88C
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 !

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September the cliche !

 

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, 662DB633-80E6-48B5-BE93-7A078CFBC14Ebut 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 ..

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Heaving a sigh of relief ..

 

 

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 ECDD139B-E3CF-4F84-B67F-2AA9C8DAA8C9actually 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 .

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Everything’s turning out Rosie x

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 ..IMG_0397

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 !

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As old as the man you feel ..

Tamworth’s Grobdale of girthon piglets husband Scotland

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. Pet lamb easycare sheep bottle feed Scotland Grobdale of girthon
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

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Twinkle toes

She  soon learned to suckle milk from a bottle and everyone had a go at feeding our new house guest x

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