Negotiating with kids – for sheep

Negotiating with kids - Bubbablue and me

Parenting advice seems to say to avoid negotiating with kids. I’m not sure I agree. We have a lot of negotiations in our house.  Ever since N has grasped the fact that he might be able to get something following a discussion, there’s not much he asks for where he doesn’t back it up.  He doesn’t always get his own way, but teaching children to negotiate and argue their cause is a pretty valuable skill for them to learn.  I… Continue Reading “Negotiating with kids – for sheep”

Making friends and growing up with puppies

Making friends with puppies - Bubbablue and me

Being on a farm means there’s lots of animals around.  N is certainly learning how to care for them, everything about them, and an appreciation of them.  But most of the animals are livestock rather than pets.  Even the dogs are working dogs (well, apart from the old or gun shy ones).  But get new puppies on the farm, and it’s like having a pet for the short time before they start training and the OH gets stroppy that we’re… Continue Reading “Making friends and growing up with puppies”

Enjoying garden relaxation

Enjoying garden relaxation - Bubbablue and me

This week has been bliss in our corner of the UK. The sunny warmth has arrived, meaning after school and work we’ve been spending time outside, relaxing in the garden. I say relaxing but it’s not really because N has been keen to do some gardening. But we’ve definitely been enjoying the sunshine and warmth, which is still in the 20 degrees Cs at 7pm. It certainly feels like summer. I’m not a gardener at all. My wall has a… Continue Reading “Enjoying garden relaxation”

Newborn animals on the farm

Newborn animals on the farm in spring - Bubbablue and me

We’re rapidly approaching Summer, but it’s still spring like on the farm with new babies appearing by the day.  Both cattle and sheep are dragging out the usual lambing and calving season.  Usually lambing for our farm is March, with calving mainly from the end of January to early March.  Obviously the timings were a bit off this year, especially as there were a couple of calves born way back in September! Lambing Sheepwise, N’s 10 pregnant ewes were some… Continue Reading “Newborn animals on the farm”

My Sunday Photo – silaging

My Sunday photo - waiting and watching the sileaging

It’s silaging time on the farm this week which means late evenings working.  And evenings after school standing and watching the tractors driving in and out of the silage pit, unloading and driving out again while the grass is scooped up and compacted. N loves watching it, and I have to admit I quite like seeing the hustle and bustle too, of them trying to beat the rain.

My Sunday Photo – lamb

gamboling lamb

All of N’s ewes who were pregnant have now lambed and there’s quite a difference in size between them in just a few weeks.  So 9 lambs, all doing well, and the final one is out in the field behind the house. One evening this week we spent ages watching them, and this lamb in particular was keen to play. Unlike all of the larger lambs.  He was quite happy to gambol around on his own while I took photos.… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo – lamb”

My Sunday Photo – lambing

follow my leader with sheep

It’s getting towards the end of lambing season on our farm (it feels like it’s been going on for ages), and N’s sheep have nearly all lambed. He has 10 sheep, 6 have lambs, 3 are still to lamb and 1 was found not to be pregnant.  So N’s a happy little boy. His sheep and lambs are currently in the paddock behind our garden, so each morning he looks out of the window to check they’re ok. And on… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo – lambing”

My Sunday Photo – lambing

sheep and lambs on the farm

N’s a proper little farmer at the tender age of 5. He helps on the farm when he gets the chance, and at the moment he’s really excited because it’s lambing time which means his own 10 sheep are due to lamb. So far 5 have been born and all are out in the paddock behind the house and doing well.  Every evening N goes out with his dad to help feed them, and in the mornings he checks that… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo – lambing”

When can I have a pet?

when can I have a pet Bubbablue and me

Living on a farm, I didn’t really expect for N to ask for a pet.  But that’s exactly what he asked the other bedtime. ‘Mummy, when can I have a pet?’ ‘Why do you need a pet?  You’ve got 10 sheep, probably all due to lamb soon, and 2 1/2 cows’ ‘They’re not pets, they’re farm animals’.  He got me there. ‘You’re a bit young for a pet because you’d need to look after it’ ‘What about a hamster?’ –… Continue Reading “When can I have a pet?”