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When I 'wasted' my time at school, listening to Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd albums, I always used to dream about living in Scotland overlooking the sea, painting pictures, playing and recording music, fishing in my own bay, working on the land and not having to worry about money, and it's all here, O.K. except the money, so I don't worry about it...

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Today I have mainly been mixing 200000 gallons of slurry.....

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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Today's Stock Check

As things go the 'stock check' was the same as any other day, lambs on the wrong side of the fence, lambs with their heads stuck through the fence and a great way to spend a couple of hours riding around on a quad bike and being paid but today we had the added wildlife.....
Before I even started, while walking Troy in the field next to the house, a fledgling Buzzard was found waiting for it's mum, the biggest 'chick' I have ever seen.
Checking the fence along the cliff tops is one of the best bits, I always stop to see what I can see and just to listen to the waves but today was even better, there were 'Choughs' ( I didn't think they lived around here ) and a seal swimming around near the cave, great.
After spending a little more time than I should watching the seal I set of to check the cattle down in 'Bottoms' and there, swooping across the rearing field (not good) was a Red Kite.
All in all a fantastic way to start a day.....

Friday, 1 July 2011

Last Week of June

Started the week by sorting out which lambs were going to market, putting nets on the bird runs and getting the first release pen ready.
Lambs went to market and averaged £83, a bit down on last week but still pretty good. Started to cut the fields, lined one of the pits and finished the first pen.
Brought the Hoggs and Tups in to drench and split then lined the second pit. Filled and covered the first pit.
Moved all the sheep and cattle to new fields, filled and covered the second pit.
Started to sort out the second release pen until about 2pm then at 6pm crated up the first 1000 birds ready to take to their new home in the Highlands.

The weather has put all the farm work back by 2 to 3 weeks this year.

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