Tuesday, 28 April 2009
This first photo shows what she was like before her visit to Anne's this morning
This is Holly now, all neat and tidy, newly shampooed with a shampoo from Italy no less!!! It evidently makes her stay whiter longer than normal. Tim calls her "Daz Dog" as she is so white. But given half a chance she will be rolling in Alpaca Poo or anything else that takes her fancy!!!
I'm back to work tomorrow, full time, so normal blogging with resume this weekend.
Monday, 27 April 2009
As promised a photo of the veg area near the shed with it's wood edging that Tim has been able to put together. You can't really see much but at the far end is a row of Broad Beans, behind the square of summer onions is a row of garlic. The rest are rows of beetroot, parsnips, onions and shallots. The canes mark the rows for me so I know where they are and can how the weed that grow in between the rows. There is one design flaw, the bed is too wide, so once all the produce is out of the middle of the bed, Tim will put a path down the middle, so that I can reach both beds without standing on the soil.
The next two pictures are of the seed growing in my two greenhouses.
In this greenhouse are trays of broccoli, cabbages and leeks. All grown in the Root Trainer system, so hopefully they will not need to be disturbed until ready to be planted out in the main veg plot.
The second greenhouse has red cabbage, sweetcorn, tomatoes and butternut squash seedlings along the back with dwarf french beans, bulb fennel and sprouts seedling in the second row of root trainers, and 4 different heritage varieties of tomatoes in the very front set of root trainers. The tomatoes are a bit hit and miss at the moment, I think this is down to the fluctuating temperatures we're having a the moment. One day hot the next cold.
The Resident Vandal was here last week to help with lambing, but as the lambing was quite slow, he and Tim managed to get part of a side of the large barn, between the two telegraph poles repaired. It was always wet in this particular corner of the barn and outside the corrugated sheeting was hardly held on and every time there was a high wind we kept expecting it to get blown away. But the lads have repaired it using existing corrugated sheeting we had recycled from another barn we took down some time ago, and we bought a couple of sheet of clear corrugated plastic to give more light into this area barn. It's a job well done. We now have an area of the barn we can safely use and less water is getting in. Slowly but surely we'll get this big barn more and more water tight!!!
And finally, it must be summer, it's raining today, not that I'm complaining as the veg garden could do with it, and the swallows arrived last weekend to take up residence in the roof of the big barn.
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Early Saturday evening Berniece gave birth to this unusually marked ewe lamb, she too has "yuglet" markings, just like her father, Hector.
All three are doing really well and are already out in the fresh air in the small paddock by the side of the barn. Tomorrow they will be joining the growing number of new mums and lambs out in the field at the back of the house.
Friday, 24 April 2009
Monday, 20 April 2009
Mid morning the Resident Vandal arrived to help, or is it hinder, with the rest of lambing. Not long after he arrived this morning, Amber gave birth to a set of twins, a tup and ewe lamb, and again if you look at these two lambs, one is a dark brown colour, at long last a change from our usual black and white sheep.
As today has been fine and sunny, most of the new mums from this weekend have been out in the paddock at the side of the barn. The young lambs have enjoyed the sun and their mums have been eating the grass with relish.
Sunday, 19 April 2009
We now know why Allium lambed early, she has an infection in her womb, so she's on a course of long lasting antibiotics. We were very lucky not to loose her and her unborn lambs.
Friday, 17 April 2009
Allium had just given birth to a lamb and so we spent the next hour or so with her whilst she gave birth to a second lamb, still very much in it's birthing bag, which I had to tear open so that the lamb didn't drown in it's own fluid. I then had to vigorously rub it's chest, for what seemed like and age to get it to breath, but suddenly it coughed and bleated, so I knew it would be fine. Allium did a great job of cleaning up her two new born lambs.
We got very little sleep last night as we both wanted to keep an eye on these two new arrivals. You can tell they are premature as they are still very wobbly on their feet and have no teeth to speak of. Tim kept checking them every hour today whilst I was at work and they have slept a lot and had quite a bit to drink. Tonight they are up and about, mum is looking heaps better. almost back to her stroppy self, but this little family will not be going out into the fields for a few days until they are a lot better on their feet.
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Anyway there here and looking very healthy. Now we just want Anya (who is looking as if she is going to pop any minute) and Beatrix to get on and lamb.
We also brought Allium into the barn today, she was taking herself away from the rest of the flock and settling down in the field shelter, a sure sign she can't be far away from lambing, though she's not due until next Wednesday. We've given her a dose of glucose, just to be sure, as she's looking a little bit off colour. We'll give her another dose in the morning and that hopefully with make her feel better.
Monday, 13 April 2009
I will post photos of the veg plot, today has been fine but with a sea fret, so it's been very foggy, not ideal photo weather.
I'm now off to soak in a hot bath, that is if I can move without disturbing 2 very tired dogs!!!!!!
Saturday, 11 April 2009
We didn't have to wait long as a water bag burst and was quickly followed by a pair of hooves and legs, then nothing and it was obvious that Brazil was struggling to push her little lamb out, so I pulled hard on the legs and out came the first lamb, quickly followed by the second with no assistance from me, (who by the way had remembered to remove her gloves before assisting the birth!!!!).
Brazil has has a tup and ewe lamb. So far we have 9 ewe lambs and 6 tup lambs.
Thursday, 9 April 2009
On this mornings early lamb check, Abbi was in her pen happily licking these two little ewe lambs. I sprayed their navels and gave them a dose of Sustain for Watery mouth before feeding the rest of the sheep. The 2 little lambs are a good size and weight. To date Abbi is the only ewe who has delivered on her predicted date!!!!
Only Brazil (due yesterday), Beatrix (due this coming Saturday), Anya and Cully (due last Monday) to lamb in this first batch of ewes. I just wish Anya and Cully would GET ON WITH IT.
The house is evening is very quiet, two very tired Hobbits went home this afternoon, they've had a busy few days since their arrival on Saturday. 13 lambs have been born, two of which they saw being born, every morning they have helped feed the ewes by wheel barrowing slices of hay bales to each ewe in the lambing pens, helped weigh each of the new born lambs, moved Yellow Neck, Carolyn and Missy with their respective lambs into the new mum's field and played endless games of football with the dogs. They'll be back in the Summer.......
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
A little later whilst I was feeding the ewes, Tim noticed that Ariadne was holding back from the rest of the ewes, she wasn't due for a couple of days, but with the very cold, strong biting wind that was blowing, we decided the best place for her was the barn, along with Abbi, Beatrix who are also due over the next couple of days. No sooner had we got them all in the barn and Ariadne in a pen, when we noticed a water bag, a sure sign of the early signs of lambing, so we hung around to make sure she was O.K. After a while it became apparent that she would need some assistance lambing, nothing too serious, the lamb's head was showing, so a quick tug and it was out, a little while later a nose and feet could be seen, so again a bit more of a tug on the lambs feet and it was out. (Slight note to self, when lambing a ewe remember to remove your wool fingerless gloves!!!!!). We watched Ariadne for a little while and thought she was going have another lamb, but she was just expelling the after birth. So we left the new family alone to be checked on an hour or so later. By which time the 2 lambs had become 3, all are ewes and it looks like she will be able to feed them herself.
Monday, 6 April 2009
As you can see from the picture they are again black with white on their heads.
Both boys by the way and pure pedigree Shetlands. The first this year.
Missy on the other hand decided to wait until this afternoon to deliver her lambs, whilst she had an audience. A chap Tim shared a ward with in hospital brought his 6 year old daughter to see the lambs. 5 minutes before they arrived I noticed Ghilli & Grommet staring intently over towards the ewe's paddock, this could only mean one thing!!! New born lambs and sure enough Missy had given birth to a lamb. Again I had the job of carrying this wriggling, wet lamb, backwards towards the barn, Missy following and nearly stood on me when I tripped over the mineral bucket hear the gate. We all thought that Missy was only going to have single lamb, but once in the pen she very quickly produced a second one.
Sunday, 5 April 2009
She's had a ram and a ewe lamb, or a tup and gimmer lamb, depending on where you come from.
I took this photo this afternoon and as you can see they are a typical Meadowcroft Farm lamb. Black with white heads.
Mum and lambs looking very relaxed. If the weather is O.K in the morning we will let them out to enjoy the sunshine and fresh grass.
The bit of disaster this week, is that the bread maker is broken, well the pan has fallen apart and with the arrival of the Hobbits, I need one to keep up with the bread we will go through. Tim managed to find a new pan on EBay, but it's out of stock, so we've bought an identical bread maker to the one we have now, with the idea that when the spare pan arrives, we'll always have a back up, or I can run both of them when we have a house full of people. Needless to say the bread maker today has make 2 batches of bread buns and 1 loaf. Those Hobbits sure know how to eat.......