Weather Smiles and Garden and I Wake Up :)

Found the gloves and got some seeds…

Found some tools…

Got my old hat out!

I stopped thinking about it and stopped looking at it and got my fingers in the ground 🙂

1st tidied up Mum’s pots.

Plant a few new ones…

Weed the wild strawberries

Mark out where the beds used to be and wonder what to do re rabbits – as no perimeter fence…

OK 🙂 retire to think about it 🙂

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The Beast From the East

And 27 freezes so we evacuate to house…

Then the rest of the farm water supply got beyond me to defrost twice a day… Thank Heaven for JAUJ…

Horses fled to lower pasture and JAUJ delivered meals and water on wheels

Geese were happy to see it go…

How do you tell there was a Beast From The East?

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Soggy Start to Farming 2018… Hedge Laying V Tree Falling…

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Water logged view from the lower orchard.

Heavy rain and gusty winds…

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Lack of consistent hedge trimming leaves trees vulnerable…

People buy land in the country side for many reasons they often know nothing about the boundaries of the land and the hedges that occupy them – or the expense and skill of maintaining a hedge safe for livestock defence and for wildlife – they often assume that doing nothing will be cheaper and ‘better’ for the environment. It is not IMO even a safe option.

Often when land is bought it can come with hedges that have been subject to neighbourly arguments in the past so the hedges are already over grown – there is little choice but to cut and lay the hedge properly – it looks savage – but 5 years down the road it will have recovered and then each year it will need a pass with a tractor mounted hedge trimmer.

If this doesn’t happen – and hedges are left in limbo – they grow up from previously layed branches – I have 60 foot high Ash trees with no roots directly at bottom of the trunk – these are not reliable trees to have around – tractors can’t get under them and they are liable to snap off. The willow tree in the picture was planted as a good thickener for a stock hedge on a high bank in a wet spot – not such a good place for the 40ft willow tree to try and balance.

It has upended and landed right on the bridle path so creating a public hazard – it is likely to waste public resources in making it safe as the two landowners concerned do not have the skills or equipment concerned to deal with it in the state and position it now finds it’s self  – and other neighbours will be drawn in to help clear it – myself included.

It is an increasingly wide spread problem as costs rise – and ignorance of land management skills and good practice abounds – where ever a boundary hedge is both sides need to be maintained – neighbours have to communicate and act – not get defensive and bicker or ignore the problem – it is not possible to win an argument with a falling tree…

It is either a planted tree or it is a maintained hedge – the mess in the middle of trees grown up from a hedge line – is a liability to unending cost, constant inconvenience and a constant source of dispute.

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Missed the gate…

The good news…

Is that in this case it missed the two gate posts and the good gate 🙂

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Ready To Go Again…

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Wow ‘shirt sleeves’ weather and no coat – not complaining!

Garden is as ready as I need to get it – we still have to put the fencing up and as neighbour who is doing that with Gordon is busy, and Gordon hasn’t taken time off work either, I am not getting excited about the possibility of having the garden back growing veg in 2017 – it is sprayed off and as Runner Beans and Kale can go in quite late there is still time to get it done. I would like 2017 to be The Year Of  The Return of The Beans 🙂

The rest of the fields look OK and have a line on a second hand ride on mower to help with the ‘mad grass’ situation of last year without my sheep, horses will be ‘sqwozed’ tighter and the farm will get more silage ground – as long as I can make the patches big enough to make it worth their while and so the machines can get in and turn.

Had a bunch of nice mule ewes around the other day to eat everything off – I got terribly clucky as ‘by rights’ I should be lambing my flock about now – but then one of the sheep was poorly and all I had to do was phone the owner – if it had been mine it would have involved wheel barrowing it up several steep fields, a vet visit with costs and meds and then probably £28 to the hunt to take away the carcass – after I had pushed the corpse from the barn up another field to where they can collect – av weight 90kg I suppose. As i watched the owner trailer the creature away for treatment on his farm all I had to do was close the gate behind him and wish the ewe ‘all the best.’ UN clucky moi is me now 🙂

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Tash and friends.

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