This Farming Life!

Date posted: Tuesday, 20th February 2018

Signs of Spring

Today has been another very spring-like, sunny but cold day, with clear blue skies. Very tempting to think that spring might be just around the corner. On days like these it is amazing how much garden work  you can do. An hour or two's cutting back and clearing old growth makes such a difference, and there are many surprises coming through the old leaves. The snow drops are at their best just now, with the wood carpeted with them and ivy. I do hope the birds are not fooled into nest building already, there will be wintry weather to come yet. I did see the house sparrows investigating the swift boxes, as they did last year.

Calving has certainly been going well over the last two weeks, plenty healthy, lively calves with twins born this morning too.  Little Angus was out to see the calves with his Grandpa over the week-end.

The new shed has reached the end of phase one - completed structurally , with phase two - walls etc to follow soon. Huge water tank was delivered and put in place today, harvesting rainwater for fire risk and cattle drinking water. 

One of the low lying fields has been drained this week, with new pipes being laid at a serious depth. Hopefully this will help in the years ahead,as the old clay pipes had become choked with roots and silt.

During mid term last week, I was able to take my grand-daughters to see the Chinese lanterns at Edinburgh Zoo. It was the most spectacular event with all the giant sizes lanterns made to look like animals , flowers etc, were made from silk, such craftmanship.