New Year from the farm team at Garr House Farm.
The team pictured just before Christmas.
Starting with the back row, left to right ; Harry has now swapped
boiler suit for smart suit and several 5am starts at the Bank of
England, Phil, who is responsible for the concreting element
featuring in most newsletters,Kate, just
maintaining control of new arrival 'Poppy' a fox red labrador.
On the front row: Toby, who has now returned to term 2 at Exeter,
Murphy dog pushing himself into a better position, Bobby, who still
looks after the newly farrowed sows, Bob, our stockman and the
Weather permitting, once the routine stock jobs are done some
maintenance / building work can happen. Here Harry and Jamie having
painted the feather edged boarding are fixing it to plywood sheets
creating a wall, the trailer and bales serve as the perfect platform
to work from.
1,300 hedging plants and trees plus their stakes and rabbit
protection plastic were purchased in early December as a planting
project for the Uni' Christmas holiday ...........
400 still to go as the weather has been so wet. They are mainly
hawthorn with a sprinkling of oak, field maple, dogwood and hornbeam.
No new hedges planted but it is patching up old ones like this
section along the road. The ground is still waterlogged in places and
Phil is hoping 50% survive.
'Pigs might fly' ; the saying is supposed to indicate the unlikeliness of an event ....... with the gusting
winds we had again in December this is the second time in as many
months that 'the most troublesome pig on the place' has taken off.
This time it sustained no damage and has been returned to the
vertical where I hope it will remain for some time.
Yuck ! The ewes were surprisingly reluctant
to come indoors on Jan1st. They have had to come indoors in November
before now so they have had a good stretch outside for once. The
conditions though wet, have been mild and there has been some grass
growth meaning they are still on the tubby side of ideal body
condition for lambing. No photographs taken so may be it didn't happen ........ but lambs
Holly and Noel arrived late December. Regular readers may recall
similar events on Christmas Day 2012. Once is unfortunate, to happen
twice means we really will have to remember to keep the rams separate
at shearing. Shearling novice mothers and
young doing nicely though.
We are discovering why some land which we in the process of taking on
round the reservoir has such names as 'Pond Field'
........ after the recent rains it
could be more accurately described as lake Field. The clearing of
this drain did ease the flooding a bit.
Let's see what weather we have to deal with in the next month .........................