I probably shouldn't say this but at least it has stopped raining and actually it's amazing how much it has dried up down at the yard in just a week. I can actually walk across to the pigpen with out fear of having a welly sucked off and yesterday I managed to push the wheelbarrow up into the top field to 'poo pick' (poo picking is when you go around and pick up all the horse poo from the fields)! Lucky me!
One of the biggest problems with these cold temperatures if you have animals that graze, is that they prevent the Spring grass from growing so Bo’s fields are starting to look very bare. If we are going to get a decent hay crop this year, we will have to hope that in the next week or so it starts to get warmer – fingers crossed.
On Saturday morning, Max and I were up very early (5.15am!) so decided to get up and do all the animals. We turned up at the yard at 6.10am, much to the disgust of Chewy who was definitely not ready to get up! It was particularly cold that morning and he and Pokey were snuggled up next to each other in their nest and had covered themselves in straw to keep warm. It was very sweet.
We had a very busy Easter weekend - lots of big lunches and country walks - and yesterday my kids and I turned up with all the left over’s for the pigs. However, they nearly didn't get them as whilst I was mucking out the stable and sorting out the chickens and rabbits, those naughty cats had found the two buckets of goodies I had left in the feed trailer and were tucking in! (See video above!) I did feel guilty taking it away from them and they were lucky enough to get an extra helping of cat food instead!
The chickens seem to have settled in well to their temporary home, which they are now sharing with the two rabbits, Poppy and Benji. More on them later in the week. I am also hoping to visit a friend’s sheep farm and take some video of the lambs so make sure you keep watching.