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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Happy 10th Birthday.

We've just returned from a holiday in Argyllshire, Scotland. The weather was kind, the scenery was stunning, the wildlife was interesting, except for Midges, they are everything that you hear they are, they are just awful, we have not just come home with memories, we've come home with lots of bites, itchy ones, regardless though, we did have a lovely time there.

It's a mad rush before I go on holiday trying to do all the things that I think are necessary to do, then a mad rush when I come home catching up. Unfortunately it's a little worse this year as the news when I arrived home was that one of our to eat this year bullocks had died from an unusual virus and now we have to vaccinate all our stock against it, another job, but a vital one. It's devastating and distressing to lose animals of this size.

Also whilst we were away they had 4 calves in 24hrs which is nice as it gets them all out the way, but not good when 3 of them decide that they haven't got a clue which end the udder is or what they must do with it. It was a very trying week with one thing and another. All calves are now happily sucking.

I understand the weather was not good for vegetable growing either, lots of rain, which does not help seed germination. Let's hope June brings a little drier weather or there could be a shortage of carrots here for the winter, one of our biggest sellers.

On the positive side the tunnels are looking good. Salad leaves, broad beans, new potatoes, spinach, broccoli and courgettes. The tomato plants are looking healthy, another month we may have some to eat.

You may have noticed that I said Happy 10th Birthday, yes indeed, May 31st was our 10th birthday, where did that go. A "BIG" thankyou to all our customers that keep coming back for more. Whether you come back for the food, the friendship, or the banter, we're glad that you do, and hope that you will continue to come for the next 10 years.

 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Spring.

It's been ages since I updated my web site. Lots of things have been happening.
 
We've almost finished lambing, we have one left. We have had lots of singles this year, apparently that has been a national trend, less doubles and no trebles.  Everything went reasonably smoothly, just one vet visit, which ended badly, a dead lamb and it was a single so no lambs at all for her.

Sally produced 13 beautiful baby piglets, and I do mean beautiful, they are gorgeous. She now has 10 left, which are strong and healthy little piggies.

We had our TB test during March which we passed very thankfully again. It's always a nervous few days.

The beloved Bullseye had to go to slaughter, it was a wrench, but had to happen. He was small but perfectly formed and produced good beef.

The hedging has now come to an end for this winter and will begin again next.

We haven't started planting outside yet, but the tunnels are reasonably full with lettuce, beans, broccoli, cabbages, potatoes and courgettes and tomatoes in the tunnel in the tunnel for extra protection.  All being well planting outside will begin this month.

I put lots of duck eggs in the incubator, unfortunately none of them were fertile, no fluffy little ducklings. We now have a new drake, better results next time hopefully.

The days are getting longer again now, which means longer working hours, is that good? I'm not sure, my days seem busy enough already, but it is nice to have the longer days and shorter nights.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Wet, wet, wet.

This weather is a little tiresome, is that a polite way of putting it. Everywhere is saturated and takes very little to make a mess easily. Andrew and I did a little hedging during the week, it very quickly became a mud pit where we were trudging about, but the hedge looks better. Unfortunately because it has not had any attention for many, many years there was not much for Andrew to lay, so he had to make the best of not a lot. It's a job that I really enjoy.

We ordered our seed potatoes this week, I planted some broad beans in trays, away from mice and transplanted some broccoli in the tunnel, so we must be thinking about spring, one has to stay positive, it didn't feel like that this morning though, when it was hammering it down doing the farm work, but the sun is shining now, how quickly it alters.

Although I am complaining about this dreadful weather, and it really is, because it has been such a mild winter I don't think plants went into a complete shut down in growth.  In the tunnel things have grown all winter, weeds, but nevertheless, growth has continued so the plants have as well.  I have a lovely selection of lettuce and salad leaves from autumn planting.

This week saw the permission of the erection of a wind turbine on a neighbouring farm go through.  Sadly as always there are winners and losers in all these situations and they will always be contentious just as the solar panels looking hideous and using up valuable food producing land are.  I personally have no strong objections to turbines, although when this latest one is erected, we will be able to see 3 from our farm, my concerns are however, that they are tearing our communities apart like nothing else that I can remember. 

Our loyal customers continue to support us here in the shop so we will continue to try and serve them with good quality and value food and some banter which is enjoyed by all, well they keep coming back! 

Sunday, 12 January 2014

New Year.

We've now been open for a week since our break at Christmas, there is something to be said for normality, at least we know what day it is now.

It was good to have so many favourable reports on the turkeys that people had at Christmas, if I say so myself they were goooood!

The shop has been steady with lots of regulars coming in for coffees, teas and lunches and of course chat. I am trying to have a gluten free choice of cake now in the shop as we get more and more people wanting wheat free. Vegetarian savouries are usually available, as long as the meat eaters haven't had them first. We will continue to close at 4.30pm for the month of January but will return to 5.00pm closing in February.  The evenings are already drawing out, giving us a little more daylight.

The Oasis coffee shop returns tomorrow after our Christmas break with turkey stew on the menu,11.00am - 2.00pm.

We have a lovely assortment of winter veg, carrots, parsnips, beetroot, leeks, turnips, several varieties of kale, savoys, brussells, radishes, salad leaves, rocket, potatoes and the purple sprouting is just beginning to sprout, plenty of everything as well.  Our lunches use all our own produce as much as possible.

Pork will be the next fresh meat available, then hopefully lamb, then beef. If you think you may like some, call the shop.