This Farming Life!
Date posted: Tuesday, 21st March 2017
The birds are certainly acting as if spring is here, bluetits are popping in and out of their nest boxes in the garden and the oyster catchers are very distinct with their call, especially in the early hours of daylight!
Peewits, (Lapwings), are also back looking for nesting ground. Both these ground nesting birds are often in danger of building nests too early and when the ground is cultivated to sow spring crops, they lose all their work and have to begin again.
The house sparrows are having great fun exploring the newly installed swift boxes - may be a bit of competition there!
Lots more colour in the garden now with tete-a-tete daffoldils, hellebores (Lenten Roses), miniature iris, early rhododendron as well as the snowdrops doing their best to cheer us. Plenty of cutting back still to do in the garden, but longer days make such a difference.
On the farm it has been 'maintainance' time in the workshop, when the seed drill, sprayer and other equipment are given their annual overhaul and MOT's ready to go out and do their work in the coming weeks.
Only a few cows left to calve now and the others are growing like the proverbial mushrooms. The cows and calves have been 'reshuffled' this week, into age and breed batches, so that they are ready when it is time for the bulls to go in with them - the circle of life is never ending!