Sunday 17 February 2019

A Tantalising Glimpse Of Spring

Sunday 10th Feb
Alpaca Janine had her injections for her poorly leg, pleased to say she is now all better, a good reason to be checking livestock twice a day, spotting problems early and getting on top of them.
In the afternoon  we took Tess for walk around Keepers in the forest
 She had a great time sniffing and exploring everything, she couldn't manage the steps to the bridges
 Martin had to give her a helping hand to get to the other side.
It was a challenging for our oldie, up and down hills
 Every now and then he had to have a rest and a cat nap but she managed the whole circular walk, slept like a baby when we got back.
Monday 11th Feb
We were working with some of the pork we got back from our pigs,
 mincing and seasoning
 and made up a lovely batch of pork chili burgers.
 The skins were salted and into the oven for pork crackling a snack Martin enjoys.

 Also a lovely joint of pork roasted for dinner.
Tuesday 12th Feb
Preparations were on the way for lambing
 Our little herd will be lambing outside, so a shelter has been put together using pallets in the paddock near the house were we will move them to.
Another pork session took place
 we made up some lovely looking salami using a pork and buffalo mix.
also some sausage rolls and pasties to go in the freezer.
Wed 13th Feb
It was a day out for me, there is a little group of now 7 crafting sewers who meet up once a month taking turn about hosting and we have a go at new to some a small project, pop over to my craft blog to see what we were doing this month. My Craft Blog
Thursday 14th Feb
For some its valentines day but we don't bother with any of that now, been together far too long. It was a fantastic sunny spring like day, I was up in the woodland field

 I had another batch of young trees to get planted up
 I also cleared a load mole hills. Don't need big tufted mounds when I am scything up there.
 In the poly tunnel, I was getting more things on the go, peas and some broad beans.
Friday 15th Feb
Another glorious sunny day basking in 17c
I gave Martin a hand in the afternoon to put a new haylage bale into the buffalo boys.
 the boys did there bit to help as well
 It was my job to keep them away so Martin could get the bale unwrapped and in the ring.
 a short video of the boys getting excited.
Saturday 16th Feb
Martin went on the lambing course learned hands on about presentations castration tube feeding etc, they use dead lambs to practice on that are donated by local farmers.
We discovered the ducks had made a start laying
 They had made a nest and our first four eggs were there, another few weeks and we will set some in the incubator.
The Chickens are in full lay as well so there is lots of eggs on the menu.
 The Coriander and Basil seeds are coming up great under the grow lights, I have a growing area set up in the spare bedroom, two heated propagators and two lots of grow lights.
 this handsome fella is also up there, its a young pineapple plant I bought in.
Clearing some space in the freezer I dehydrated a bag of chopped onions 
 They were then ground down into a powder
  ready to add spoonfuls to whatever is being cooked, 24 onions in that jar. I am going to go through my jars of dehydrated stuff and get a lot of them ground down. Takes up less space and easy to add to casseroles soups etc.


  1. You have a lovely life, Dawn. Very hard work, you're always busy, but it looks like you both enjoy what you do and the fruits of your labour are fantastic.

  2. Lots going on! Your meat products looks so delicious, particularly the burgers. I love a good old burger.

  3. I am speechless and full of admiration for your work load. Happy lambing when it starts.

  4. You really are self sufficient as your blog title says!

  5. Great to see your progress.

    Could you give some details of your growlight system please?



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