Tomato ‘Catchup’

homemade-tomato-sauce  Oh my goodness,

doesn’t time fly when you’re rushed right off your feet…?!  Apologies for our lack of posts over the Summer; but things have been soooo busy here, phew! 

Subsequently I promise I WILL post up some brief archive posts which will still appear in their chronological order; I’ll let you know as/when they appear, in case they’re of interest. 

Meanwhile with Tony away for much of the time I had to cope with the last throes of kidding & lambing, alone; then there was the nail-biting wait for shearing (also tackled solo) & a drama of horrible flystrike to some of the sheep whilst warm-yet-wet weather persisted with our shearer, ‘otherwise engaged’. 

No sooner had I stumbled through all that, than it was time to get ready for the gruelling round of summer shows – albeit with Tony’s prolonged absence we were only able to compete rather than trade, at the challenging Royal Welsh Show.   But it still proved worthwhile….(of which more, in the archives!).

The most tiring show, though, was the three-day Pembrokeshire Show; as not only were the days long, the travelling distance was considerable.  Therefore a full five days were peppered with outrageously early starts & horrendously late nights; added to which, we picked up more than just some wonderful new customers….

….SWINE FLU.  No kidding, it’s horrendous; we’ve seldom felt so ill; so weak, so drained.  Goodness knows how; but Tony & I somehow managed to stumble our way through the basic daily chores whilst mercifully ‘holed up’ here on the ffarm in glorious isolation. 

Thankfully, whilst we’re still far from fully recovered we are at least, considerably better than we recently have been.  However, Tony’s still suffering serious sinus problems; whilst I’ve got a nasty, sticky cough & constant, feverish shivers (not helped by the temperamental weather); if I manage an hour’s unbroken sleep at night, I’m fortunate. 

We are at least assured we are no longer contagious; but added to that the struggle of an equivalent virus running through some of our precious goats;  plus the vacuum pump packing up in the milking parlour; the cooling plant packing up at Food Centre Wales (again), leaving us dangerously low in stock with all our newly-acquired summer customers; plus the borrowed Bobcat we’ve been using to muck out the pens suffering catastrophic arterial failure & almost drowning Tony in a fountain of hydraulic fluid, things here are still pretty challenging. 

But, you know us:  invariably waving, not drowning….  😉

Anyway:  Watch This Space for loads of archive updates & unfortunately-but-necessarily abbreviated posts, hereonin.  Never has that hackneyed phrase “so much to do, so little time…” chimed so true for us, as it does now.

About LittleFfarm Dairy

The LittleFfarm Dairy Team: Jo - Goat farmer & Gelatiere Artigianale, plus General Dogsbody; Tony - Airline Pilot & part-time Herd Manager, Product Taster, Accounts Secretary, Handyman etc!
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9 Responses to Tomato ‘Catchup’

  1. katie says:

    Oh dear,you poor things catching swine flu! Just what you need when you’re already run off your feet.
    We had a ewe with flystrike as well – it is just so unbelievably disgusting.

    Glad you’re both on the mend. Pointless to say but try not to overdo it!


  2. paula says:

    Jo I’m so sorry for the neglect. I don’t know what’s happening this year. I seem devoid of any time, but why I’m not quite sure.
    You sound quite worked out, or completely worked out – with swine flu to boot. I can’t imagine how difficult it’s been – have an idea though.
    I’m so sorry that your bobcat died – it would have been the one thing I thought could have helped in the circumstances.
    Take as much care of yourselves and the goats as you are able. Thinking of you.

  3. paula says:

    PS Look forward to catching up with your life soon…

  4. LittleFfarm Dairy says:

    “Hi Katie & Paula,

    thanks for your good wishes, much apprecaiated. I know what you mean about the way this year has rushed by; I’ve neglected the Blogs for far too long but it’s just one thing after another at the mo.

    And yes, the flystrike is horrible – one of the most disgusting conditions to sort out & so distressing for the poor sheep. We use ‘Spot On’ to treat it; but of course that’s expensive stuff! A neighbour of ours uses neat Jeyes Fluid (!) but the most fascinating remedy I heard recently, was Fairy Liquid (only Fairy will do, apparently). I suppose it suffocates the maggots; so in theory would be effective. And if it rained it would give the sheep a bath, too – I have a vision of trails of bubbles floating around after the sheep!

    Losing the Bobcat was a complete pain, just when it was desperately needed & typically, part-way into the task. We did manage to get it fixed; but lost a day’s work with it in the process, quite a setback in the end.

    Ah well; it never just rains, as they say….”

  5. katie says:

    We used Crovect but the Fairy Liquid idea sounds fascinating! No withdrawal, I imagine, either!

    • LittleFfarm Dairy says:

      “We’ve used Crovect before but for immediate releif, we’ve found you can’t beat ‘Spot On’ (not that we’ve tried the Fairy Liquid option mind you).

      I suspect there would in fact be a withdrawal on the Fairy Liquid – the time it takes to wash out of the fleece, otherwise you’d get soapy-tasting lamb! Or could it start a revolution of food that cleans the dishes for you, as you eat it….?!” 🙂

  6. Merry Ho-Ho Jo-Jo!

    Do catch us up on your antics soon eh!

    Your friend,


  7. katie says:

    Happy Christmas Jo, Tony and Milkforce!

  8. casalba says:

    Happy New Year to all at the Little Ffarm. Hope you are coping with the snow. xxx Sally

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