Tuesday, 30 October 2007


It's been a while since I last put anything on the blog.
We have been so busy over the last few months.
We have managed to finish our new hay shed just in time for the winter hay delivery.
Once again the weather was with us when the hay arrived.
The two hay men are from Stirling and the hay smells absolutely wonderful.
This was the hay we saw being bailed a few weeks before in the fields.
I love the smell of fresh hay, it conjours up all sorts of memories from my childhood.
The hay men stayed for lunch, and we had what they call in the Highlands a good old cheildh (natter or gossip to the outside world).
The weather on the west coast has been a bit hit and miss, sometimes it is glorious other times the heavens open and it pours it down for days on end.
This is a great hindrance when you are trying to do anything.
We have kept two heifers back this year to add to the herd as some of the older cows will have to go away, we also put the young calf in with them who lost his mother a few months ago.
We called him Tefal, I thought he had a big head but he turned out to be a rather nice calf as did they all.
He cried for his mother for days on end, but the heifers soon settled him down.
We are going to winter him, so he will have a good life while he is here after his turbulent start.
He can be quite cheeky when he wants he looks at you with those large doleful eyes and my heart just melts.

The heifers have been good to him and looked after him, usually they can be bullies with the younger calves but I must say all three have been really quiet easily handled calves.
We called the heifers Joanna and Beauty.

Joanna has a striking resemblance to a cow we used to have except she is soft natured her name sake used to be rather crabby.
She is a lovely Red colour, Beauty is jet black and she also is soft natured.
They like nothing more than a good brush, they would stand there all day and let you brush them if you let them.

Love is in the Air


Claire & Sharon
Time waits for no man and things will move on even if you are ready or not.
Well it's that time of year again, and our Cheviot's are in the mood for love.
We have managed to acquire a beautiful ram who we have called Raf.
He is a two shear and stands well, he has a great set of horns which is sometimes unusual in a Cheviot ram.
He has been chosen to serve our Cheviot's this year.
He is quite a handsome chap and I hope they feel the same way too.

Already Claire has been served so that is one down two to go.
To some it may be a bit of a laugh as we only have three in the foundation flock but last years ewe lambs have come on in leaps and bounds, they are the next generation and anyway we love them all.
The Tup Ram who we called Creag Mhor has already started to show great potential.
He is really friendly and loves nothing more than a good old chin scratch.
We will miss him when he has to go away, but we are not letting him go anywhere for the present.
Poppit, Babs & Teeny the ewe lambs are still a little timid but they are all little beauties.

They were all rather noisy when we seperated them from their mothers, but that was only to be expected, just like any child would cry when they are taken away from their parent.