Still in lock down the weather is definitely not as warm as May but we continue to press on with jobs. The grass finally got going, we gave it a little boost with some seed just to cover the bare patches.
The ‘Orchard’ is looking good, I use the word orchard in the loosest way possible as there are only two apple trees with a few plum trees on the boarder, but after a lot of hard work we have finally created a flat piece of land and so our plans for the garden are beginning to take shape.
Our little pigs are not so little any more and all have been weaned from their mums, We need to watch carefully when weaning happens as pigs have delicate digestive systems.
This time one of the smallest of piglets took a turn for the worst when the weather changed so we brought her inside, she’s been named!! Penny...(the poorly pig). It only took a couple of weeks before Penny was much, much better and we now have a little helper at feeding up time, although her idea of helping is to eat all the food. She even likes to help milk the goat! Of course we can never reintroduce her back into the herd, she will never be accepted and so when the inevitable day arrives it will be a little harder and a little sadder but we know she will have had the best life possible.
We found the pile of eggs, hidden behind the straw. The rain meant we used a little more than expected for June so the end of the bale came and hey presto there was the clutch, all due for the bin (unfortunately) but at least she is laying with the others now. You cant get fresher than a morning laid egg, the perfect compliment to a packet of bacon or sausages.
We have a small co operative starting up in the dale, our neighbours Farndale Farm
breed beef cattle, hoggart lamb and right at the very top end we now have a wonderful supply of organic salad and veg all seasonal and super tasty.