Monthly Archives: November 2018

Winter weather challenging already

I recently wrote about how we had been at the receiving end of some heavy rain.  But it stopped and we had a period of cold and dry weather.  I quite like it cold and dry, the main thing is it being dry.  It's not a lot of fun looking after animals in the rain…
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RIP Sarka

We are sad to tell you that Sarka passed away yesterday. It was peaceful and gentle, she lay happily between Nicole and myself as the vet gently helped her on her way. Sarka came to us in 2015. She was the most flighty and fearful of the 11 sheep we had then. A change in…
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Rain, Rain and More Rain

After a period of quite nice weather, the rains came.  A couple of storms, then a period of almost relentless heavy rain.  We are somewhat fortunate in that here, living in the hills, most of it runs off.  But before it does that, it does tend to gather in puddles all over the place.  The…
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Gypsy Caravan Makeover

In the summer of 2013 when we moved to Somerset, Nicole was talking about getting a bow top gypsy caravan.  At first, I was planning to build one (no idea how, would have figured it out somehow) but, as chance would have it, I passed one that was for sale at the side of the…
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Stone dykes restoration

We have a lot of dry stone dykes here which we really like.  They are basically stone walls made without mortar, just careful positioning and gravity holding them together. However, there are a few bits of wall that need repair.  Last year, I did a course which gave me a basic grounding in how to…
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Sheeps’ Patio completed

The field shelter we built for our sheep has proved very popular with them.  They especially like it when they seek out shade.  We are planning to plant some trees to provide more shady area for them in the summer, but for now the shelter works well. However, in the winter it can get a…
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Sarka update

Sarka went lame over the weekend appearing to lose all movement in one of her back legs (you can read more details here).  She had pretty much continuous TLC from us both and, fortunately, Saturday night excepted (when we carried her and put her into shelter), the weather has been OK. [caption id="attachment_3172" align="alignright" width="300"]…
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Birds feeding time

I have always been one for feeding the birds.  I really enjoy watching them tucking in, feasting, squabbling, all the usual behaviours.  I try hard to cater for the various types of birds, some are happy on feeders, some like the table and some prefer to be on the ground. And different birds have their…
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Auchenstroan Fashions

Aside from their lovely natures, one of the benefits of coloured ryeland sheep is that they produce amazing wool.  We have been getting ours spun into yarn and Nicole sells it through her Etsy shop. As well as the wool, Nicole is now making ponchos from our wool, super soft, lace weight knit, un-dyed, organic and…
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Sarka in trouble

Sarka has been with us for a few years now.  She has always been a bit nervous but Sarka and Nicole have a very close friendship.  I think she quite likes me too! As it turns out, she has a heart condition.  This means that if she gets anxious, she can get into quite a…
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