We have over 200 ewes due to lamb from the end of March onwards and scanning shows 19 sets of twins and 1 set triplets. We made some very good hay last summer which the sheep really like and they are on a good organic sheep cake. This means the ewes are not wasting any hay or feed and getting good quality nutrition. Hopefully we will have healthy pregnancies and plenty of milk for the lambs.
Meanwhile some serious refurbishing is taking place in the Loft which we hope our guests will appreciate and enjoy. Helpful to those with a small child, the Loft now has a small bath with a shower over. For all ages, a good warm soak after walking or cycling our challenging hills and the more gentle farm walks will be a great pleasure!
We have laid a solid oak floor in the bathroom and landing which looks gorgeous and redecorated, making the bathroom quite inviting. We really hope our guests will like this.
Tree planting has also been a major project during the winter. 2,000 trees were planted last year on fairly low rough pasture. Now another 5,600 have been planted on bracken and mixed woodland on the side of the hill. A native species mix was chosen to reflect the natural woodland on the farm which supports diverse species of plants and wildlife and will link the existing wooded areas.