Sunday, 15 August 2010

Not a lot happening at the moment.....

There's not a lot happening at the moment. The ewes are happily munching the grass and starting to gain weight now they are not feeding lambs. The lambs themselves have calmed down after being separated from their mums.
We've had some much needed rain over the last couple of days. At one point we thought Niagara had moved to over our house, it was raining so hard. Thankfully our grass hadn't got brown, but it had more or less stopped growing. Tim had been out topping a couple of fields that the sheep had been in. He had the topper on a high cut, just to take off the long wispy bits of grass, not cut the grass its self, and cut down some of the thistles that were just coming into flower, and by cutting them now, will seriously knock them back and only a few will grow back next year.
The Cream Legbar hens have started to lay their beautifully coloured olive green/blue eggs. I keep checking to see when the hens have laid and they seem to be laying around lunch time, but today, they have laid only one egg. So it looks like they are going to be very hit and miss with their egg laying. Not that I'm worried as I'd rather have a couple of eggs every couple of days, that way we shouldn't get over loaded with eggs. But my youngest Sussex is a cockerel. I've suspected for a while as the feathers on his back were a different shape to the other Sussex's feathers and checking my chicken book, they looked like feathers of a cockerel and now he's trying to mate with the other hens, has confirmed my fears. But thankfully a chance conversation with a friend means that he will be going to a new home over the next few weeks.
We're starting to eat a lot of veg from the veg garden, cabbage, sprouting broccoli, onions, garlic, peas, beans and potatoes. I managed to finish planting out the last of my leeks just before the rain, so they have been well watered in.
Tim has managed to fit the guttering to the barn, he just has some fencing to move and replace around the barn, but with the inclement weather at the moment, these jobs have been put on hold.
The weather next week is very mixed, good for the grass but not a lot else. You would think that we would enjoy the inactivity, but neither of us do. There is only so much knitting I can do!!!!

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