Category Archives: Environment

Ben Hur-Hur-Hur

Someone ‘upstairs’ is having a laugh – at our expense. First & foremost for us as farmers, the weather: we STILL haven’t even come close to harvesting our desperately-needed hay crop (well not quite so desperate any more since we started … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Dairy, Diary, Environment, Farming, Goats, Ice Cream, Life, Livestock, Nature, September 2009, Smallholding | 3 Comments

Busy Bees

 Life is sweet – especially when you know that soon you’ll be contributing to the local bee population’s survival.  But more of that, later in this post…. Unlike the bees so far this year, we’ve had another busy week.  After catching … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Anything Goes, April 2009, Dairy, Diary, Environment, Farming, Goats, Ice Cream, Life, Livestock, Local Area, Nature, Smallholding, Wales | 5 Comments

Winter Gloom….?

Not today.  In fact with kidding & lambing in full swing, as Wolfie’s daughter Aeronwy (Ronnie – not because she makes me laugh in a ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ sort-of-a-way, but more because – like her Mum – she reminds me of … Continue reading

Posted in Diary, Environment, Life, March 2009, Nature, Smallholding | 2 Comments

Many Tanks!

Heading out to do the chores this morning, I was amazed to discover that it actually felt WARM in the sunshine.  For the first time in weeks I was able to shed all the layers of woolly clothing & trudge … Continue reading

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Croak-Us…..

Ever since the snows subsided, there has been a steady upsurge in the annual Frog Chorus.  We enjoy a ringside seat every time we open the little wood-framed window above the kitchen sink; rolling up sleeves & relieving the washing-up bowl of … Continue reading

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And on the Eleventh Day…..

I saw that the drive was clear of snow, clear of ice: and it was good – bloody good.  Yea verily. It’s the tenth day since the snows came & froze my movements, here on the ffarm; but finally, finally, I can spread … Continue reading

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Revelations

By vehicle, we still cannot leave the Ffarm. However, on foot…?  There’s a chance.  Brynn & I are still alone in this snowscape.  We need some fresh air. So the two of us trudge through the snowdrifts, up the drive; … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day

Another day, another ray of hope…. but alas; dampened by another snow shower or ten; & I’m still stuck here on the Ffarm with no prospect of getting back into the Big Wide World, any time soon.  I’m just sooo glad … Continue reading

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The Language of the Birds

The steel-grey wings scythed the sky with the deadly assurance of the ultimate killing machine – in spite of ruthless aerial bombardment by a squadron of jet-black interceptors.  I stood, stunned; as the drama unfolded before me. But this was not the usual … Continue reading

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Arctic Flunkeys

That’s how it feels, for Brynn & me; devoted flunkeys for poultry, ponies, sheep & goats; mollycoddling cats & braving the still-falling snow to make sure everyone is fed, watered & wrapped up warm whilst struggling with basketloads of firewood, … Continue reading

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