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Archive for March, 2015

AWOL

I didn’t realise I’d been gone for such a long time, but I can’t believe March went by that quickly.  At the beginning of the month we celebrated Steph’s birthday here with a party in the evening.  We were also celebrating dad’s 79th too of course and as usual it was a combined gathering.

The past week has been taken up with work.  Daniel departed on his holiday to Thailand and is expected back at the end of April.  He wasn’t going to go at all as he didn’t want to leave us to cope on our own even though his partner and several of his friends had made plans, but we told him he’d be silly to pass up an opportunity that probably won’t come his way again.  In the meantime we’ve become foster parents to the lovely Lola and although she’s coping well, it’s plain she’s missing him.  There are lots of long sighs and a fair bit of whimpering – I know how she feels.  Milking is fine when done twice a week as there’s a light at the end of the tunnel come Sunday evening, but at the moment I’m milking every morning for the next month and twice a week at least in the afternoons when Gordon has to ‘bed-up’ the animals. The last time I milked this regularly was about eleven years ago before Daniel came to work with us.  I found it hard then and I’m a lot older now!  Roll on the day when they can go out into the field – hopefully by the end of this week.

Our main herd started calving this week too.  The first calving didn’t go well and the vet had to be called to assist one of our old girls.  It wasn’t a good calving and she’s down now.  I think she may be despached this afternoon.  To add insult to her injury she had a very large bull calf.  The second cow to calf was easier, but also had a bull although the third has presented us with a heifer this morning.

Bring it on.

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Quantocks

Today Terri and I decided we should go to the edge of the Quantocks to see the snowdrops around Fyne Court and Broomfield before they were over and thought we’d call into a cafe in the hills for coffee and cake en route, but sadly they were closed for the winter.  We pulled in to turn around and ended up in the car park at the base of Cothelstone Hill so decided to walk there first.  There were a lot of birds in the vicinity including several that I rarely see here; a nuthatch and a coal tit.  Once I’d finished taking photos we walked to the top of the hill and back again.  The wind was wicked and there was snow on the ground, but it certainly blew away the cobwebs.

NuthatchA blue tit and a coal titCurious blackbird

I love catkins, don't you?

I love catkins, don’t you?

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We did actually manage to see the snowdrops at Fyne Court afterwards.

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