Monthly Archives: July 2017

Wildlife at Auchenstroan

One of the things we have noticed is just how much wildlife we have around here compared to Somerset.  Perhaps that's because it's a bit wilder here, perhaps it's because we have a lot of habitat for them here.  There are certainly more trees here.  Who knows? The most noticeable difference is hedgehogs.  We have…
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Making hay while the sun shines

Although much of our land here is woodland and wild, we still have a fair amount of pasture and that means a lot of grass.  Too much for our small band of sheep.  So, we thought we'd make hay this year.  Small bale hay is getting harder to get hold of and is quite expensive…
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Sheep Approve of Shelter Extension

Recently, I mentioned I was having to increase the size of the sheep shelter.  The plan was to add a second shelter and also a shed to store some hay. I had to wait on some replacement roofing sheets for the hay bay.  I was using a type I could cut to size, but they…
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Water system underway

I believe the word "Auchenstroan" comes from the Gaelic word "achadh" (field of) and the Scots verb "strone" (to make water).  So, together they kind of mean "field of springs".  And indeed we have many little springs running through our fields.  However, they are small and temporary in nature and so cannot provide a reliable…
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caring for animals

As we have found in this lifestyle, animal husbandry is the number one priority.  Animals are very bad at telling you they are not well till it's almost too late. Our sheep were sheared in June and Bluemli got a little nick above her eye.  We carefully sprayed it with iodine which would have been…
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