New Toy!!!

We already have a small refrigerated van, but it really didn’t fit our needs, so this morning, after much searching online, David got the train down to Birmingham to pick up a bigger one complete with racking, shelves and baskets…

Four more weaners move home…

Four more weaners were collected by their lovely new owners this morning. They came with two large dog carriers in the boot which we thought were just right. We squeezed them in and soon realised that they wouldn’t be able…

Hoodie wearing piglets #2…

Four pens of piglets had to be collected from outside today and brought in to the barn – some to await collection by their new owners and the rest to be finished rearing inside. We knew it was going to…

Tweet Tweet…

How delighted were we today to see this tweet from Jacqueline O’Donnell, the big sister at The Sisters restaurant and regular chef on STV… “Jacqueline O’Donnell ‏ @chef_jacqueline @ArdunanFarm just tasted the tastiest roast pork shoulder from this great farm and the crackling…

Panic stations!!!!

I, once more, took the pigs to the abattoir all by myself today. I feel fine now about going as we couldn’t have a better abattoir than Dunblane and the men who work there are really compassionate and kind to…

It’s not all about the animals…

With the lovely weather we’ve had recently we’ve been clocking up the hours in the veg plot. Clearing it of the winter kill, weeding, collecting litter and having the mother of all bonfires was some of the first things on…

Only two to go…

COME ON!!! A decent night sleep isn’t too far away now with ewes #11 and #12 both lambing large single lambs today, there are now only two left to go…hooray!!! Every year after a few days you long for lambing to…

Some improvement…

Alice was more steady on her feet today but we decided to keep her penned and comfortable for another day. By this evening she was being more like her very vocal self  and her lamb’s head is now back to…

Oh no, Alice is ill…

Peter & Neil came back today to continue rebuilding the sheep’s field shelter – today it was the final job of attaching the roofing sheets. I was helping them but I kept getting distracted by Alice. I had been so…

..and what a busy birthday it was…

We had stayed behind at the farm until late last night as it looked like one of our ‘pet’ sheep (Alice) was going to lamb, but on seeing her settle down for the night we went home planning to return as early…

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