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By the Barn Blog

A collection of thoughts and tales around the life of a farmer.

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.

By the barn October

Posted: 2nd Oct 2017

Ted is working more now and should be approaching His work with some knowledge and commitment, however, it’s in short supply at times. Pip loves to find a dead thing and play with it, throwing it around like a cat does, but a piece of dried sheep poo will do just as well!

By the barn September 2017

Posted: 6th Sep 2017

However, other jobs still have to be done- the lambs have been weaned and wormed and we are marketing those ready, the ewes will be checked and have their feet trimmed, ready for when the ram goes in (and the sheep sales are in full swing too- for selling excess breeding sheep and buying replacement rams).

By the barn August 2017

Posted: 6th Aug 2017

And nothing much changes, as its time to roll the combines and gather in the result of many months hard graft and expense.

By the barn July

Posted: 11th Jul 2017

The Buzzard will be sat in a tree watching for rabbits hiding in the long grasses or in the crop itself or soaring on thermals.

By the barn June

Posted: 5th Jun 2017

We are keeping a close eye on our corn and ‘crop walk’ regularly, to check for pests and disease (and also to check how it is growing- whether there are any thin or bare patches- not that we can do much about it at this stage!).

By the barn May

Posted: 3rd May 2017

Dependent on the growth stage of corn crops, these may be sprayed too and there will be much farm machinery moving about the country lanes and maneouvering through gateways.