Category Archives: Auchenstroan Tales

Flower bed cleared and replanted

While the flower beds along the house and the meadow at the entrance are all looking great (summer at auchenstroan), the flower bed the other side of the lawn has always been a bit of an eyesore.  Most of the plants were, according to Nicole, a mish mash, in the wrong place; Crocosmia, Yellow Loosestrife,…
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Veggies Version 2

I wrote a few weeks back about the problems we were having getting our veggies going this year (problems with veggies).  First, the birds dug them up and then, the slugs emerged and scoffed the lot.  We ended up with around about 3 kale, 2 turnips, 4 spinach, 3 beetroots, one half-eaten broccoli and some…
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Haribo Wins Top Dog Award

Haribo came to live with us a few years ago.  He came to us unwanted by his previous owner and with a list of issues over two pages long.  Most of those issues disappeared fairly quickly, but one endured.  Haribo was very scared of dogs he didn't know and this led to a fear aggression…
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Summer at Auchenstroan

Well, summer has finally arrived at Auchenstroan.  I think it's going to last for at least two days, so we are trying to make the most of it.  We are supposed to be taking a break this week, but there's always stuff to be done.  A couple of sheep have suffered from midgie bites around…
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Problems with Veggies

Last year, extended our veggie patch to give us plenty of room to grow our favourite vegetables.  This year, we had the greenhouse ready and also, over the winter I had laid power to it and installed a heater.  This was more a frost guard than anything, but it kept the greenhouse a bit warmer…
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Stone Dykes

I think I have mentioned before that we have quite a lot of stone dykes here and in areas, they are bit run down.  With all the other jobs (firewood, sheep handling area, veggies etc), there hasn't been much time to do any repairs.  However, over the winter I was actually paid to fix someone's…
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Wood, wood and more wood

Our heating runs mainly on wood.  We do have an oil boiler as backup, but we prefer to use the wood burner which also acts as a central heating boiler.  However, it has taken me a couple of years to work out how much wood we need and more importantly, when to have it cut…
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Weather and Frogs

Well, what can I say - February had some unusually warm weather with bright, warm sunny days. It was lovely, even if it was a sign of underlying climate change. We took full advantage including getting in some early seed sowing. We now have brassicas and turnips germinating in the greenhouse. This is helped by…
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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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