So…. back in February a Beulah speckled face sheep appeared on our yard…. we tried everything to find its owner, contacted ALL the agencies had animal health out, and the animal health lady checked her databases for us to try to trace the owner…. no avail… so we advertised on the gate post…. and fourteen days later she became ours…..
So we have a Wanda!!
Now Wanda is an amazing escapologist…. she has tested all and I mean ALL of our boundaries…. shown us EVERY possible spot that is even the slightest bit weak and gappy!!!
So we have had MANY trips to other fields coaxing her back with the bucket into the field we want her in and also trips further afield to neighbours’s land and the lane and the walking path to the next village even!!!!
We have used bit of baling twine, logs, old posts, brash, bits of old gates, everything to try and keep her in the one field…..
Then a neighbour struck on a fabulous idea…. poor beast is in need of a friend… ah ha!!! She only started to try and escape once the rental sheep went home…. so the neighbours gave us Baabara!!
And a few days later!!! And a little more baking twine and brash… (she had one last hoorah into the next door field thankfully of ours!!) Wanda and Baabara are happily in the one field!!
With their neighbours…. the rental ponies and their utterly gorgeous foals!!!
Due to all the wet weather we have some new residents extolling the virtues of dry housing!!!
They took it in turns on their arrival to roll ecstatically in the dry straw!!
Easter Monday was spent doing a few small jobs due to the aching parentals from the exertions of the day before!! Doing things like fixing hinges, which then meant that front door of the tin hut didn’t close properly, which I only realised once everyone had abandoned me and it was dark!!! Thus meaning that I ended up wedging the door closed with a large chunk of wood for my first night alone!!
The biggest things that happened on Monday were…..
1. One barns worth of calf tenants have been moved out!!! Ahhh the quiet!!!!!
2. Mum and Dad went home…… And drove James home too, with Polly dog! leaving Sookie and I at the little tin hut by ourselves!!!!
All bets were on that I’d be sleeping, come the morning, locked in the car with the puppy!!!
Ha!!!! I didn’t!!! I managed two whole nights on my own in the little tin hut and because of the manual clearing work and the quote getting process I was shattered each night and could have probably slept on a chicken’s lip!!!
We arrived at the Smallholding/Farm (I shall be using these terms probably fairly interchangeably!) to collect the keys and complete a few bits and pieces with the previous Owner. We were introduced to the workings of the oil fired Rayburn…
We were also shown how to precariously dip the oil tank to check levels, thankfully there seems to be enough in there for some time, especially given that we won’t be there all the time!
We read the electric meter and that was it…. No water meter as the property is spring fed…. no gas…. Just the electric and then the previous owner was making arrangements to collect some of her larger furnishings she did not want to move twice and that was it…. the farm was ours!!
That weekend we also met our tenants….
Two of our barns are rented out currently to a local farmer who needs the extra space during lambing season in his sheds, so moves his cattle into ours!
We then had a wander about the property with James’ mum and Sookie, his dad stayed behind with Polly for a snooze on the sofa in the Hovel!
And found some tracks…. deer??? or some of our other tenants wandering out of their field…. The other tenants are a few sheep and their lambs in the fields….