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February on the farm

It has been a much better winter, so far, than last year.Our neighbour did remind me that we had not had the beast from the east by this time last year, but we had had plenty of snow.  This year, in contrast, it has almost been spring like on occasions. For us, this means we…
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Winter weather arrives

Compared to last year, this winter has been a lot easier. And much of that is down to the weather. This time last year we were up to our knees in snow. And when it wasn't freezing or snowing, we were up to our knees in mud. This winter has been almost balmy by comparison.…
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Who’s That in my Bag?

With winter upon us, we need to provide winter feed for our sheep.  We buy in organic hay in large bales.  This means it needs to be transported over to the feeders and the easiest way is in large bags.  Fill one of those, pop it onto the trailer and whizz it across with the…
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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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