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November 2017

I have land envy

I thought I found a grave this morning out on my hike.  Weirdly randomly placed 'gravestone' half way up the hill in a very windswept gorgeous moorland. Peering at the lichen covered writing I could just about read Lord someone dated 18 something ... 

 When I got home Google wasn't helping, and insisted there were no gravestones on this path.  Round and round I went on google, until finally... I found it.

Not a gravestone, but one of a collection of early 1800's boundary stones.  You can read it here.

 Its grade II listed!
And you can see Earl of Ashbourne mentioned here. And note his family at one point, had almost 8000 acres of Wales. {But lived in Sussex.... ? this is just greedy...} This is the most beautiful area, with the boundary stone overlooking stunning views,  and I am deeply envious of his 8000 acres.

 

Boundarystone

Apparently there are not many pictures of it online, so there you go, Consider yourself lucky to view it ;) 


these two

...are almost one year old!

Goats

I cant believe they are this old already - they still answer the the shout of 'babies' when bring them in from the fields.  They were rescued from the road to the slaughter house before we even had land and caused many a fun adventure as we learnt exactly how to look after a goat - and also a) how loud they can be! and b) how good at escaping ANYTHING they are.

We adore them. Never have you met such loving animals - they will ditch food for cuddles, and just want your company, nothing else. They will eat/steal/attempt to to eat all toggles, buckets, zips, and buttons however. They give kisses, and like rich tea biscuits an awful lot.

Taken from their mother far far too early - at approx two weeks old - they were used in a 'children's farm' so the paying visitors could bottle feed them. They were bottle feed too often, and then when they begin to outgrown the need for milk - at just under four months- they were shipped out and the next lot of babies shipped in. And when I say 'shipped out' I do mean slaughtered.  I don't have a problem with correctly raised farm animals ending up that way, - its how farms work, right? but a supply chain of babies for mere 'fun' and profit? yes; I do have a problem. This constant round of babies in and out is quite shocking - the numbers are awful.  I was that naive I thought all children farms were lovely places where animals grew old and stayed forever. hahahah. 

Anyhow, stood in a barn full of goats and only being able to pick two was pretty hard. I had limited funds, and no land of my own. So I give these two my all, I make sure they have the best life, and are looked after and happy. For all the ones I cant save I suppose.  This is Herbie, and Walter. Living the high life in their own woodlands in Wales.  If you ever need a cuddle and a friendly chewed button or two, then please call in. 

 

*disclaimer, they don't normally wear scarves. However we had just finished our Christmas photoshoot! ;) 


Ten on Tuesday...

1) Repairing wire fences with thick wire is not as simple as that sounds. It cuts fingers. and makes me wonder about more tetanus shots. And causes me to swear at sheep - who are the idiots sticking their heads thro wire stock fencing and getting stuck, panicking like hell and breaking the wire.... Our sheep neighbours are very pretty, but lacking somewhat in brain cells. 

2) I think we just fund the local pest control around here. So far, our loft has had mice, and the start of cluster flies. I will take mice over cluster flies any time, In fact I will take 1000 angry wasps over cluster flies. Do not google life of a cluster fly. You won't sleep. and will feel bad for the earth worms. We also have 'problem moles' being trapped next week. I think all moles are problem moles.... and if you think they are cute grey furry things like I used to then you've never watched them wreck your grazing and cause honeycomb holes that threaten your horses legs... I made the mistake of asking what else the pest control guy deals with as we seem to be working thro his list. NEVER do this. I itched for ages after he reeled off everything possible. ugh. 

3) Goats are contrary. They will not eat soaked grass nuts - even tho its a goat food item - because they do not like any wet food. BUT they will eat the horses soaked grass nuts, from the horses bowl, by reaching through the fence. The same grass nuts. wet ones. that in their bucket they turn their noses up at...  Same for hay. Horses hay - yummy. Same hay put in goats field - awful.   It is a good job they are cute. And that their coats are now super thick and fluffy because stealing horses food may well get you a bite from the horse! 

4) Spent a while with Daisy making some homemade firelighters as suggested on Pinterest; melting tea lights and covering fir cones with the wax... the only thing I can say is the house smelt nice, of scented tealights, but as firelighters they were rubbish. Can someone please filter Pinterest for crap that doesn't work so I can spend my time better???!

5) I still haven't figured out how they made it 'snow' in town as the Christmas lights were turned on.  It wasn't real snow, but it was 'snowing' everywhere and for a good few minutes I thought it was snow. Nobody tell me, I like the idea it snowed just for a few magical minutes okay?  ;)

6) Found myself giving someone directions to a new favourite walk of mine. I am totally as bad as the locals now with my directions - 'go up the big hill and turn by the funny tree stump, you know past the farm with the cream walls, go right, not first right but the main right turn'  This is what happens when not a single lane round here has a name. The locals are much better at it, because they grid reference by peoples names and houses - up near Davies' house, past Annes old cottage, etc etc. I don't know the names so I resort to tree descriptions!! 

7) Winnie has learnt if I pick up my big camera chances are we are headed out on a hike. You know how other dogs get excited by their lead being picked up? Nope, my dog spies the camera being loaded and starts to leap about with delight.... 

8)  Tired of mild wet weather. If you save this sentence you can throw it back at me on a month or so.... but we NEED the frost and the cold temps. The land does, the horrible midges are still happily flying about and biting the poor shetland, and the bugs and viruses will only get worse if the cold doesn't hurry up. Gateway mud is also much much better when frozen. 

9) The ensuite that was never supposed to be revamped, but for many reasons ended up having to be, and gutted to joist level in the process,  is nearly finished.  I think we have one more project this year and then nothing for months. I'm actually going to be lost without workmen about the place! Will be overbuying tea and sugar for months, lol. and missing the local gossip news and top advice. 

10) Rescue chooks are getting brave. No longer terrified of approaching people, they will now run over to see if you have food. And have begun venturing much further than they should. HOW they get to the other side of solid fences, or completely different sides of the house and gardens I don't know, but they certainly can. We are 3/4 feathers regrown too, so soon they won't look even slightly pitiful and will be fully glossy ginger feathered ladies. The charity they came from also rescue ducks, roosters, and turkeys.  All I can say to that is a I don't want any roosters. ;) 

 

 


sunset

caught this moment with the big camera, after standing in the garden looking at this sky going 'oh wow, oh my god, wow....' and then remembering to peg it inside for the camera...  Very surreal sky, very pretty, {and now I have this shot, I forgive the sun for going down as early as 4.30ppm!!! }

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