Olly and I met at agricultural college a very long time ago. So you would think we might know what we are doing? Well at least we are trying. Let me introduce you to the wonderful animals who put up with us:
These are are Jacob sheep. We bought the two ewes, Gertrude and Jeckyll, in lamb in January 2016. They both gave birth to twins completely unaided. We got to see a couple of nights of Northern Lights when we checked on them. Due to the birth of our own son this spring we decided to wait until next year for our next batch of lambs.
And these are our geese – our principal grass eaters. We have six old timers. The two originals are called Graham (a girl) and Stink. 15 of them arrived a couple of months ago when they were only a day old. Now it’s getting difficult to tell them apart from the adults. We will sell them for the Christmas table. Read more about them in the Random Musings section.
We also have about 11 chickens. Here is one of them reminding me to feed her. They are quite an independent lot – in particular they refuse to lay their eggs in one place or where we can find them. Very annoying!
On the flora side we planted an orchard of apples, nuts and plums. We started harvesting and selling nettles for the first time this year and we grow herbs and experiment with edible flowers. We are high up and quite exposed though so the growing season is very short! There is more about this is the Random Musings sections too.
This Spring we have had our first lots of blossom on the plum trees we planted when we first arrived. Exciting times!