The chat at the farmers markets we attend is more often than not weather related. This weeks chat will be our summer has been a long time coming! Particularly for the farmers around us who are still harvesting and elsewhere in the country. Now the challenge is the dew in the mornings which delays the combines getting started until later. Our neighbours the Darts, will be baling our few straw bales for us this week which will be our winter bedding. On a normal year we would have had the bales in the barn a few weeks ago but everything is late due to the rain we have had.
After moving the rams through the village (see photo), the rams had their MOT yesterday which included a pedicure and general check over ahead of the important work they've got ahead. We have started feeding them so they are even more tame, particularly Basil who now stands to have his ears and nose scratched! Molly thinks he is wonderful, well we all do actually.
The ewes are now off the Wittenham Clumps and back at Shillingford where they will now stay until we bring them over ahead of lambing. We miss them, it is so lovely seeing them up there as we drive around. The goldfinches are really busy feeding in big groups which I have just learnt is called a 'charm' of goldfinches. I have never seen them in such a number so checking the ewes has been such a treat.
We will be selling our Indian summer lamb packs up until the end of September so place your orders if you would like this special selection - 1 whole butterflied leg, 1/2 boned and rolled shoulder, 1 French trimmed rack of lamb, 4 loin chops, 5 burgers - £50. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Camilla, Roly, Molly, Boris and Belle