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We are revving up for Easter, for lambing and to welcome our Easter holiday guests, most of whom have been here on numerous occasions over the last 10 to 20 years! It will be lovely to see everyone again. Lambing is just starting now and we have 2 lambs. By the beginning of the school holidays there should be quite a few, so we are hoping the weather stays as good as now with sunny dry days. We are also expecting some goat kids, but not sure how many yet, so we are very excited.
Andre has almost finished installing a hot tub in the Granary garden for the use of guests staying there. We are intending to make it look very pretty (rather than glam) which is more in the style of our facilities here. Rather a race against time to get it up and running in time along with the improvements to the games room! So what's new? I hear you saying...
Happy New Year to you all. We have a cold spell on us now and the livestock, poultry and garden plants are all feeling the cold. Our biomass boiler is keeping the cottages warm for winter visitors though so those of you booked for January or February will be warm and cosy. For the next couple of weeks Andre will be busy refitting the Tollant with a new bathroom. The new style bathroom in the Loft has been a great success so we plan to add a bath, new shower over, loo and washbasin in the Tollant. A solid oak floor will go down, much in keeping with the rest of the fittings.
In addition to our 3 female Boer goats, Flop (matriarch), Flavia (big sister) and Millie (little sister) we now have Twister a 100% Boer buck from South Wales. He is very friendly and easy to manage and we are hoping we will have some progeny in the Spring.
Farming is ever more complicated with penalties now for having too many trees! Would you believe it, they want us to preserve biodiversity and protect trees and hedges, then proceed to penalise us for letting the woods grow. Our sheep get valuable shelter from the trees and they the birds, mammals and insects with good habitat.
Autumn has been amazingly warm with flowers still out and lots of grazing for the sheep. Let's hope for a kind winter.