Monday, 17 November 2014
It was an entirely different experience last night as we ate our first home reared sausages with my Mum, my godmother Liz and her husband Colin who have been staying with us for the weekend. We all agreed they tasted delicious. I was thinking about them as I ate but it wasn't sad, a little reflective perhaps and very thankful that we have the opportunity of raising animals and knowing exactly what they've eaten and how well we have loved them and looked after them. A very rewarding and respectful experience, particularly as we have already had amazing feedback from customers and sold out!
Last week was also rather noisy, we weaned the calves from their Mums and they weren't very happy at all. It took a week for them to quieten down but now they are fine. We had them in the yard for a few days and now they are back outside. Their Mums are back over the road and are all in calf again, which we are so thrilled about. Well done Henry! They called for their calves for a couple of days but they were soon distracted by a different view and munching their barley straw.
Basil, Bruce, Ted, Churchill (our rams) and their 3 new friends are all in with the ewes and being very busy as far as we can make out. Molly kept asking me why Basil was 'standing' on all the ewes and looked rather appalled when I attempted to explain that this action would result in lambs being born in April.....
We have had a lot of rain, ugh. We are praying it won't be like last winter. Mud is no fun if you're an animal or us trying to feed them all and work with them. None of them want to move and they just look miserable!
Thank you for all your support and more from us soon.
Camilla, Roly, Molly, Freddie, Boris and Belle