This Farming Life!

Date posted: Tuesday, 3rd April 2018

Winter doesn't want to leave!

The winter has returned yet again, all snowy white this morning now turned to rain. The already very wet ground will be difficult to work and get spring crops into if it stays like this. Fertiliser was spread when we had some good weather last week, but with no heat to follow it will have done very little good. 

The new shed, phase 2, has now been completed and has been put to full use immediately with half housing some cows  and calves and the other half storing fertilizer and machinery. Wonder how we managed without it now!

It was the sale of our yearlings the other day at Forfar Market. In the pre-sale show the cattle excelled, winning singles, pens of 4 and reserve supreme. Prices were good and menfolk happy!  The calved cows have more room now with they yearlings gone and are batched and running with the bull again. Hopefully they will all settle in calf without much bother.

School is out for Easter holidays and last week saw the church service with P6, Rachel's class leading the service, telling the Easter story and playing music. It is always enjoyable to see how able and confident they are.

The WRI show has been and gone for another year, but my bulbs came up trumps in the end, winning best bowl in show with the red tulips and helping to win the bulb cup for Cortachy. The opera in Kirriemuir was well done, very funny and packed out, looking forward to the next one.

We had little Angus (and his mum) down to stay for a few days. I have to watch him like a hawk now as he is off out the door in a flash to see the tractors! Annie, the head of vermin control Border terrier, has her 10th birthday today. She is in very good form and only her grey beard gives away her years.

Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival is being held at the end of this week, so I hope the weather improves for the expected visitors then.