Thursday, 7 November 2013

Sheep Training

Well all week when I have been up to the meadow I have  rattled the bucket, at first Petal and Blossom, ( I have yet to name the third lamb/sheep) just ran away - but today they lingered and took a step towards me, then ran away. So perhaps this was a step in the right direction! I know its a long way until I have them halter trained but I have heard, do it slowly. They seem to be good at posing and look like they are smiling for the camera though.xx

Monday, 4 November 2013

Sheep, Foxes and Geese

Yes you've probably guessed from the title Mr Fox got into the girls enclosure and stole Mrs Goose and two of my little call ducks. My other Mrs Goose was heartbroken crying and calling for her so we quickly had to find her a friend. Well it so happened our long awaited sheep were due to be delivered so luckily the kind man had two that were going to be ready for the table at Christmas. So we now have three, they get on so well, I half wonder whether they might have known what could have been their fate being on someone's plate at Christmas. I feel glad that Mrs Goose is happy and that the other two will live a long good life with plenty of good grass and an orchard to play in.
Well I am excited to say we now have three Southdown sheep, this year's lambs they are lovely and they look a bit like teddy bears with really cute faces. They are quiet nervous but in a week or two hopefully I'll have them feeding from the bucket and very tame. Have a brilliant week.
Sarah x

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Power cuts

Having thought we had escaped a power cut during the bad windy weather last Sunday night, we ended up losing all power from Monday morning until Wednesday morning. Having a house that is solely electric, life feels very cozy to begin with, but the novelty soon wears off when you can't cook, there's no hot water, no heating and it's very dark. But the worse thing was the worry that the freezer was defrosting, all that hard work in the kitchen garden, saving my plants from the rain, sun, snow, deer, rabbits and pigeons. Blanching and stewing all that hard work from hours of nurturing the seeds, tenderly caring for the delicate young plants and the back-breaking watering. Now to have that all destroyed would have been a crying shame, but luckily I only had a few things that had to be disposed off, which the chickens enjoyed.
My lovely husband took me out for a good lunch and a cappuccino and in the evening we all sat down and did a crossword together and played games by candlelight which was a good laugh, we  also discussed lots of plans for the future. So it wasn't too bad! But I do hope we don't have another for awhile.
Sarah x