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Photos – black and white

 

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Cotton grass in the late evening sun and the sheep up on the hill

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Holly

 

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Holly relaxing by the gate having chased down the tennis ball!!

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Faroese geese and goslings

 

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Thought it was time I posted a pic of the geese with their goslings. This was taken a couple of weeks ago, when there were still 6 goslings. Unfortunately we are now down to 3, not entirely sure what happened to them but strongly suspect predation by crows/ravens/blackbacks. Given how aggressive the geese are towards us I’m surprised that anything got near enough to take and of the youngsters.

We have also lost one of the ducklings but that still leaves us with 15, so we’ll not want for duck meat over winter!

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Caddy Lambs

Lambing nearly finished – just one ewe left – so far we have 14 lambs from the 9 that have lambed. Had one problem ewe who had mastitis and didn’t have enough milk for both lambs, so we’ve had to start bottle feeding one of them. Lamb is now in the byre with another lamb from a friend as we didn’t want her to be on her own. They’ve taken to the bottle fairly well and are doing OK.Caddy lambs

Tornyea Freya Amber Bambi

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Photos of North Roe

 

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Another panda lamb & tatties planted

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Fourth lamb of the season – a ram lamb born to Crunchie

All tatties now planted on the rigs, lots of varieties – Red Duke of York, Sharpes Express, Anya, Charlotte, Yukon Gold, Rooster, Cara and Roseval – should be enough to last the year if the blight doesn’t get too bad.

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First lambs of the season

First lambs of the year born today – Ebony, a gimmer, had twins, think one ram and one ewe but will need to check for sure, ram is pure black and the ewe lamb is panda like!20110503_193044DSC_0033 20110503_193147DSC_0045

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Only 8 more to go!

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May is here

Any there’s plenty to be done on the croft. Waiting for the ewes to lamb – thought one had lambed earlier today but turned out to be a rock! Have put muck on the rigs for kale and leeks and rotovated it in, just need to mulch it with a layer of silage and it’ll be ready for planting.

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Beautiful day

Sunny cloudless skies to say goodbye to April, and I’m on holiday for 2 weeks!

Planted out early peas and broad beans onto the rigs, late peas are not quite ready for planting out yet

Start planting prairie garden, day lilies which have been growing on in the polytunnel for the last year will now have to survive in the great oudoors. Also started clearing the mud and grass from the old well/spring but it will need to drain for a bit before continuing.

Wild flowers starting to bloom in the parks – here’s a picture of a violet

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Geese

Spent much of the weekend herding geese! Acquired 4 faeroese geese a couple of weeks ago and they’ve split into 2 pairs: Keely and Buffy who are a goose and a gander (Buffy is on the left and is, curiously enough, buff coloured) 20110408_191919DSC_0049

and Butch and Jesse. Butch is definitely a gander but we’re not entirely sure about Jesse, although he’s probably a gander (Butch is on the left in the photo.

 

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Keely has made a nest in the old Lammus and has todate laid 4 eggs but her and Buffy were being bullied by the other 2 so we decided to separate the 2 pairs. Butch and Jesse have proved to have houdiniesque qualities – despite having wings clipped and fenced in they seem to find a way out of any park we put them in, hence the running around herding them up from neighbouring crofts over the weekend. If it carries on much longer they’ll end securely tucked away in a white container they definitely won’t escape from!