Monday, 11 October 2010

Wow....what a weekend!!

Liz, Lulu, Jack and Lottie...the Large Blacks.
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Wow...what a weekend we've had here on the farm. Lots of jobs accomplished and at last we're on the home straight of tidying the farm for Winter.
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Lovely Hubby worked hard all day on Friday fencing off half of our 6 acre paddock so we could move the Large Blacks in on Saturday afternoon. We had them in while we were still attaching the electric fencing and this time, luckily for us, they actually stayed inside the fence once it was switched on, and didn't make the mad break for the M40 through the fence like they did last time we put them in there.
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All the fences have been strengthened and all the gaps have been filled in. The electric fence is a first line of defence inside the existing fences, and LH's new addition across the width of the field is the strongest of them all. The pigs are loving the abundant grass and hopefully, (fingers crossed), it won't be the same mud bath as in the orchard due to it being slightly better draining land. ~

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Of course little Rosy had to come with me to help feed the pigs this morning and check out the new living accommodation. We have given them two arks now as they are growing quickly and although four in a row in one ark is cosy, (and very cute), they will need more space very soon.

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~ Other jobs done this weekend....a very necessary mornings shopping done by me on Friday while LH was fencing, the complete clean out of all the pig arks, so the Middle Whites could move into the Large Blacks old pen, (it's the biggest one), a tidy up of the polytunnel, and at last we managed to get the grass cut, it was still a bit wet so we will give it another final tidy next week after we get the replacement parts for our broken strimmer, then we will be really tidy!

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Oh, and on top of all that we had a very successful morning at the Farmers Market yesterday, selling lots of lavender goodies and all of our eggs. And somehow I got us roped in to help with the painting of the inside of the Village Hall later this month. Me and my big mouth!!

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My next task is to do a bit of research about the next couple of animals we're buying. Lovely Hubby has given me the go-ahead, (I do like it when it's official.....no sweet talking involved!). I can't wait....they're GORGEOUS!! I promise you there will be LOADS of pictures.

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Sue xx

7 comments:

  1. Rosy, of course, is the best at helping. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you all!

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  2. Goats ? Very productive. Sweet to think of the pigs all snuggled up - I wonder who will venture into the new ark first ?
    The hens have completely changed their bedtime order - now the red girls go to bed first & Breeze & Lucy stay out & need a lot of coaxing to go to bed !

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  3. You sound oh so happy! I agree with Penny - A goat, especially as the strimmer is busted, maybe a pygmy. I always thought that Fabien was a good name for a goat!!!!
    Jak x

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  4. OOOoo..that all sounds exciting!
    We're not even allowed a rabbit/dog/cat......
    Have a great week Sue.
    Can't wait to hear what the new arrivals are going to be! Ducks? Geese?
    Donna x

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  5. Thank you for all the lovely comments, and a Very Happy Canadian Thanksgiving from us to you Sophie.

    No it's not goats we're getting, once we move we ARE getting goats, but the extra paperwork needed and micro-chipping equipment required for goats can wait til then.

    It's something cute and furry, smaller than Rosy to start with and marginally bigger afterwards (although much, much heavier). And they are proving harder to source than I thought!! Pretty rare!

    There, that keeps you in suspense!

    Sue xx

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  6. Oh what on earth is it? How exciting... something small, solid and quite rare. Hmmm.
    xx

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