Big, fat light grey Wood Pigeons sit heavily on roads and fences, clumsily flapping and leaving it until the last minute to get out of the way, flocking into the fields to clean them of grain.
By the Barn Blog
A collection of thoughts and tales around the life of a farmer.
By the barn August 18
Posted: 3rd Aug 2018
By the barn July 18
Posted: 2nd Jul 2018
Dirty, sweaty wool also provides a nursery to flies and resulting maggots can cause irritation and suffering if not treated.
By the barn June 18
Posted: 15th Jun 2018
Although there is increased automation and mechanisation in the agricultural industry, it is a clever robot that can decide a strawberry is just at its peak.
by the barn May 18
Posted: 2nd May 2018
Our sheep and lambs have taken advantage of fresh spring grass and should be growing fast, being vaccinated and wormed appropriately to ensure healthy stock.
By the barn April
Posted: 1st Apr 2018
Our workload continues as the main flock begin to lamb. We have moved the earlier ewes and lambs to pasture, the pens have been cleaned out and we have replenished our lambing supplies.
By the barn march 18
Posted: 3rd Mar 2018
Our newly layed hedge will be coming into leaf, as do all the others and it will be interesting to see what other plants flourish now that the light has been let in- such as ground ivy, violets and celandines.
By the barn February
Posted: 9th Feb 2018
Clashing with the white of the snowdrop, if we are lucky with the weather, will be the bright sulphur yellow of the Brimstone butterfly, which feeds overwinter on Holly and Ivy and lays its eggs on Buckthorn- both are a welcome sign that spring is just around the corner.
By the barn january 2018
Posted: 6th Jan 2018
The foxes will be mating and this upsets Ted as they call to each other at night, the young cubs appearing later in spring and scent is strong as we walk down the farm drive and pass through where they have travelled across in their nightly excursions.
By the barn December 2017
Posted: 7th Dec 2017
Our calves have been weaned and we have a couple of noisy nights as they get used to missing their milk.
By the barn November
Posted: 1st Nov 2017
Our woods have been spectacular with the colours of the turning leaves, banks of which collect in the corners of the yards,where they have been blown with the gales.