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”
We arrived home the other day to see more sheep and lambs being put out in the field behind the house. This newborn lamb was only 10 minutes old. It took a wobbly while to find milk, its mother seemed a bit bemused but wasn’t really helping it. N’s being very good and counting the sheep and lambs out in the field each morning to check they’re all still ok.
This is probably the last year that I’ll have N with me for all of a Saturday when it’s shoot season. On the farm, during pheasant shooting season, we’ll tend to have 5 or 6 shoots. To date, he’s been too young to go out beating on the shoot, but next year once he’s 5, he might be old enough and strong enough to go out with his dad and cousins for a bit of the morning. His dad and… Continue Reading “The end of shooting season”
Growing up on a farm can be a wonderful life. There’s so much to experience, lots of people coming and going and of course great views and lots of outdoor life. Especially in the summer, N is able to get outdoors after nursery and play in the garden without any effort from me, in the winter when it’s much gloomier it takes a lot more effort. At my 6th form there were a few students in my year who were from… Continue Reading “Growing up on a farm and Autumn work”
It seems like ages ago I wrote a post about what the Red Tractor meant to me (link), but the work of the Red Tractor has continued and last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to a launch event for the Red Tractor Recruits. In keeping with the topic it was obviously held on a farm, that of Alex James who is the Red Tractor Ambassador. As the OH was having some calving problems that day, I took along… Continue Reading “Red Tractor Recruits get inspired”
It’s great when summertime arrives and the weather’s better, as after nursery, N can just potter around on the farm. Even when there’s no-one around, he wants to see what’s going on, so I end up taking him for a walk down to the yard. His current favourite is helping to feed the duck chicks which are in one of the cleared barns. As it’s electric fenced to keep foxes out, he can only go in with his dad, so… Continue Reading “Summertime, and the living is easy”