Category Archives: Tales from the Barn

Scotland Here We Come

Well, it has been a while since we have posted anything here.  There are numerous reasons, all too boring to get into.  Nevertheless, we have been very busy indeed. Over the summer our lambs grew and developed unique personalities.  Most moved on to new homes.  Woodpecker Larry, our first, headed off to breed with a…
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Busy getting ready for lambing

Both myself and Mrs D have worked non stop this weekend.  A lot of our motivation is to get everything ready for our lambs which should start appearing around Friday.  The sheep are already in the lambing shed, so that's all done.  This weekend was all about getting the outside areas ready for when we turn…
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Haribo settling in well

Haribo has been with us just over a week now.  I am happy to report that he has settled in well.  He gets on well with our large dog, George.  Our terrier, Maxi, pretty much ignores him as she does most dogs.  She did that with George when he first arrived, but now she follows…
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Mulching is very satisfying

Well, it's 2016 so Happy New Year to you all.  I hope it's going to be a good one. One of things I've noticed about smallholder life is that I spend a lot of time moving piles from one place to another.  Logs, rocks, MOT, compost - there's always a pile of something to be…
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New Boy on the Block

Today, we added a new member to our animal family, Haribo the collie.  As some of you may know, I work part time at Pawplay, a local day care and boarding centre for dogs.  One of the regulars is a collie called Haribo.  Over the few months, the owner has been looking to rehome him. …
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2015 drawing to a close

It has been a few weeks since our last update.  That's not because nothing has happened, on the contrary we have been busy as ever.  But much has been maintenance and stuff that is hard to write about, and probably harder to read about! Given it's approaching Christmas, we should probably have a suitably festive…
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Our first apple harvest

We bought our field a year or so ago.  It used to be an apple orchard and many of the apple trees have survived.  At the damper end of the field, all but 3 had perished.  We have planted our woodland at the damp end, put in a drainage ditch and started to look after…
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Apple harvest begins

While the summer doesn't appear to have been that great, it has been quite dry. Nevertheless, we seem to have a good crop of apples in the orchard.  It was a bit of a puzzle what to do with them.  It's hard enough picking up the apples from one tree let alone over 100.  Mechanised…
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Another day out on horseback

As I wrote recently, my wife treated me to a horse trek.  It was my first time on a horse and I enjoyed it immensely.  Well, Nicole's uncle was visiting from Switzerland last weekend and so she thought that it would be great for all three of us to go riding.  Kurt had never been…
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Blackberries and dogs

As the seasons march on and autumn descends up on us, more quickly this year it would seem, the berries begin to ripen.  And now, in the fields and lanes around us the blackberries are ready. Now, we have quite a lot of mature brambles on our patch.  Most of the year, this is not…
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