We must be one of the few people who have had smiles on our faces over the last few days. The rain has made us very happy, we have needed it for a long time to help the grass grow to feed our flock over the summer and winter months as well. We have already shut the hay meadow gates to keep the sheep out and let the grasses grow for their winter forage. We feel so grateful we had the warm weather while we were lambing in March, the sheep don’t look too amused right now but the lambs are strong and able to put up with the wet, although we have moved some sheep off the meadows next to the River Thames onto higher ground, as they are not good swimmers! Roly took some great photos yesterday when out and about, I love the one with the ducks next to the sheep and such a treat to see a roe deer so close poking its head out of the oilseed rape!
I had a call from Roly as he was driving into Oxford this morning on his way to the farmers market to say the river was really high so I took Molly to check the sheep and thankfully the field they are in is still managing to keep them dry. The river is flowing so fast and is definitely swollen and has spread to the riverbanks and over in some places. It was really exciting standing and watching the water racing past. Molly thought the puddles in the fields were great fun! The sheep seem pretty unfazed by it all but will be very happy when it dries out and they can shake the extra weight of the water off their fleeces.
We have a 10% discount offer on our 1/4 and 1/2 lamb packs at the moment. Drop us an email if you would like to place an order, first come first served!
Camilla, Roly, Molly, Boris and Belle
We have a farm tenancy with the National Trust in West Sussex who have given us a wonderful opportunity to fulfill a lifelong ambition for both of us to run our own farm. The beautiful farm is situated in the South Downs National Park just 5 miles north of Brighton and is home to our 300 breeding ewes, lots of lambs and a lot of wildlife! Our sheep lamb in April and graze on the species rich chalk grasslands. We sell boxed lamb direct from the farm and also from or website which we can send via mail order.
We have one employee, our amazing sheepdog Belle, we would be lost without her. She works hard for very little pay....but always has a good, well earnt supper!
The farm is owned by the National Trust and is part of their amazing Devils Dyke estate.
Previous to farming Saddlescombe Farm in West Sussex, we began sheep farming in Oxfordshire on the Earth Trust farm in 2009.