Saturday, 2 May 2015

Happy Bank Holiday and Blossom in the Orchard

Wishing you a lovely bank holiday weekend with lots of fun and memorable good times.
The Old Orchard blossom is absolutely amazing with many shades of pink. One of the trees is ancient with a hollow trunk, that has weathered over the years but has very bent branches and many holes in them. It is absolutely alive with many pairs of Blue-tits nesting, bugs, little self-seeding weeds and lichen.The flowers on the apples trees tend to start with tightly dark pink buds and as they shyly open their delicate petals appear paler. Most look as though somebody has gently stroked the edges of their petals with pink magical dust.
I woke up one morning early last week thinking it had been snowing as it was so cold. It was a white ornamental cherry tree outside our bedroom window with the most wonderful canopy of brilliant white blossom. The same tree has now lost all it petals and lays like confetti sprinkled on the ground. 
Here are just a few pictures captured the last few days.
Happy times!

















Monday, 27 April 2015

Lambs

Hello
Here are just a few pictures for you to see of our little lambs taken on Saturday, enjoying the afternoon sunshine,  nibbling the rich lush grass along the hedge line. They are starting to get strong and chunky, I love their little knee length woolly socks.







Saturday, 25 April 2015

Spring in the Orchard



Hello

It's been a long time since I last posted on my blog, so feel I should get back and start writing again, I do miss writing to you and there is so much to tell you.
I hope you are enjoying the great Spring sunshine with all the huge array of colours and all the so many pretty flowers nodding their heads to you in the warm breeze and the wonderful divine blossoms that are breathtaking. Everything here in the orchard is waking up with new vigour and strength. Mother nature is such a wonderful thing and we have plenty of babies arriving here. The daffodils are just finishing and the bluebells are now making their auditions among the rich grass.


Periwinkle (vinca) growing in the hedgerows


The delicate pink apple blossom


The cherry blossom that attracts the pollinating insects

Life here in the Orchard has been very busy. We have had the arrival of cuddly little lambs from our pet sheep, blossom, petal and flower. It was an exciting time and anxious time. The maternity poly- tunnel was on red alert, with fresh meadow hay and the lambing bucket at the ready. First to arrive on a cold frosty night were twin girls Apple and Apricot from Blossom and then almost a week later in the early hours of a frosty morning twin boys Pear and Plum from Flower. The next day  Petal had a little girl, Damson and sadly a little boy that got very stuck and twisted that didn't make it. All lambs and mums are doing well and after a call from the vet to check on Petal and a dose of antibiotics are all good.



A quick wash from mum


A morning nap


Welcome to the orchard


Smelling the flowers
The Old Orchard is greening up and the grass beyond is being left for the sheep to nibble with their little lambs.


The hens, ducks and quails are laying well. Rewarding us everyday with golden yolked eggs. The hens eggs make a breakfast fit for a king and the the moment we are also enjoying dipping fresh succulent asparagus from the kitchen garden in them.



My Little Call Duck


Plenty of Eggs


Asparagus that you can almost see growing so fast.



Well I must dash now as the much needed rain has stopped and its time to get planting in the kitchen garden - after a nice cup of tea.
Have a lovely weekend and have fun.
Sarah X











Tuesday, 23 December 2014

A Christmas Surprise

Hi
Firstly I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and New Year. It's been so long since I have written and life like everybody's is very hectic. We now have another gorgeous granddaughter who arrived very late and then very promptly last month. But I felt I must write and let you all know what has been happening in the orchard and to say that I haven't by any means forgotten you. I will have many new posts to share with you in the new year. I lost one of my little bantams and was sure she had come to a sad end. But surprise in one of the little hutches  that was being disused for winter. A wonderful sound of little cheeping could be heard and to our amazement their was my clever little bantam with 7 little chicks all fluff up, 2 little black ones and 5 little yellow ones. The weather has been very mild although we have had a couple of severe frosts she will have been very cosy though in her little rabbit hutch.



Life seems full of happy and sad days, l lost my very friendly Mr. Goose last week he seemed to be struggling when walking, seemed to be getting better and then went downhill very quickly. His ladies miss him and have been abit naughty particularly one, when going to bed at night. I think they just miss him. I felt quite a bond with him and he would follow me around the orchard always being friendly never aggressive. I will now have to find another handsome boy for them.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

At Last A Gosling

Our lovely goose has finally got some little baby goslings, yesterday she was very hissy when I change her water and I was so surprised to see one fluffy little baby and another this morning. She had been so determined to hatch a baby and has been sitting since the 7th April. We sadly saw 3 dead babies weeks ago and realised that nearly all the19 eggs she was incubating were being eaten by something. We have meshed the door so she can still see outside while being protected from outside predators. So far these babies are doing well.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Two Broody Geese




Just a quick post to say it is day 27/28 tomorrow of Mrs Goose sitting on 19 eggs and now our other goose has decided to sit on quite a few of the eggs, which she has also helped lay, as you can see in the picture.
The average incubation is 30 days, so hopefully we might have a few goslings. Geese are not mature until they are 2 years old. I have 1 gander who is 2 and 2 females that are 1 year and Mrs Goose who is 2 years old. So we are waiting to see what happens. It would be good to have something hatch as although they are doing what comes naturally, it takes a lot out of them. They have to be checked to make sure they come of the nest to eat and drink although I do put food and water in their house. More fresh meadow hay has been added and now we will wait and see. She has now become a bit hissy. Today we had a buzzard flying over-head this always happens when we are due a hatch.
Hope you're having a good bank holiday weekend.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Kylie, The Lucky Little Chick

This is a continuation from my last post. These  pictures were taken just a few days ago. Kylie has done really well in the incubator. She has fed and drunk well, is very perky, so we have taken her to the broody coop, put her in with her mum and her siblings. It was quite dark outside and immediately when she chirped Mum responded calling her. She joined the other little chicks under her fluffy protective wings, secure,  warm and cosy. Well hopefully all will be well and we have given her a
good chance.

A few pictures of little Kylie
                           

Kylie has been with Miss Broody for few days now and all is well and seems to have been accepted as part of the family.

A happy Miss Broody hen, Kylie and her siblings