Monthly Archives: April 2015

First cuckoo

We heard our first cuckoo of the year this morning.¬†Ironically, the arrival of this ‘spring bird’ coincided with the end of a period of warm weather, a dusting of snow on the hills and some very cold winds. So spring … Continue reading

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A beautiful day

Unless you were fishing, the weather could not have been better than it was today. We woke to clear skies and a sharp frost. It quickly warmed and has been roasting most of the day; temperature well into the 20s. … Continue reading

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Lambs, ducks and calves

Lambing is now in full swing and fortunately the weather is staying reasonably dry. We have had our normal mix of single and twin lambs, with two sets of triplets thrown in for good measure so far. The triplets were … Continue reading

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Pigs

It’s all go here at the moment. The 2015 pigs arrived yesterday, from Wick. They are a Tamworth/Duroc cross. The Duroc is an American breed which is seemingly used to give greater bulk to pigs, so these might turn out … Continue reading

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Getting ready for lambing

Our first lambs are due around the middle of the month so we bring the ewes in for a final check over and up to date dosing so that they are as fit and ready as possible. More news as … Continue reading

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First calf of 2015

The first calf of 2015 has been born, pleasingly without incident. The mother is more than a little protective of her new heifer but will calm down in time. Both are in a pen at the moment but assuming all … Continue reading

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