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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Is spring here?

2 weeks since my last post and we're nearly half way with the lambing.  So far, so good, they are fine lambs, but as usual it hasn't happened without a lot of help from us, mainly due to big heads and large feet with a small exit.  Most of them are coming out black, but they will end up white with a black face no doubt.  The weather has been kind so far, let's hope it continues as we start to move them outside permanently.

The cows all passed the TB test for which we were all thankful.  Unfortunately not all are in calf so they will be departing relatively soon, needs must. The next beef will be available in May, this will be a Devon X Aberdeen Angus. Calving will have commenced by then to start the process all over again.

Lily arrived home yesterday, hopefully in pig.  Sally is due with her next litter in 2-3 weeks.  We have 5 left from the last litter, the pork has been outstanding from them. Last time I told you about a customer who enjoyed the sausages, she gave us a very good trip adviser review, thankyou.

The tunnels have been pleasant to work in this week.  The broad beans have germinated as have my tomatoes.  We planted seed potatoes which will hopefully be ready in 90 days, in my reckoning that is early June.  On the veg that is ready now we still have carrots, potatoes, beetroot, 3 types of kale, cabbages, leeks, purple & white sprouting, turnips, salad leaves and spinach.  We have so much rocket we made some pesto with it this evening, went down well at suppertime with some garlic mushrooms.

I went on a marketing course on Wednesday morning, we would like to create some new labeling.  It was quite useful and my thoughts are now with our local graphic designer who will try to capture what we do.  It's not easy when we want to say so much in just a label, so watch this space.

As well as selling food in the shop we sell Fairtrade bags and scarves which are both extremely popular. This week we have added a very nice British made range of jewellery, courtesy of my husband.  I think it's lovely, it's colourful, very light to wear as it's made of aluminium and very stylish.

We continue to try and extend the menu in the shop and have recently added panini's to it.  I chose a couple of my regulars as guinea pigs, they were happy to oblige, and tried the first run and they are now a permanent feature.

The weeks fly by, Mothering Sunday approaches, swiftly followed by Easter which usually signals the start of the tourist season. Oasis wiil be shut from Easter until May for the 2nd phase of our refurbishment in the chapel which includes a disabled toilet, bigger kitchen and our upstairs being modernised for youth use.  At Easter Ashley & Sophie are going to be baptised.  We're having to use a cow's water trough, quite apt really.


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