Twin lambs born overnight Wednesday to Thursday this week, one gimmer, one tup, all healthy and tagged. Born to older ewe (the texelly face one).
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First lamb of the year has arrived today, a single born to one of the ewes from last year. All healthy and ear tagged. Mum wormed so with the exception of Wesley, one of the older ewes and the other 2015 ewe all working is up to date for spring.
Really pleased with my redcurrant jelly this year. For the recipe follow the Crab Apple recipe I wrote a while back.
The Polytunel is working super hard at the moment. We have had a good salad crop in May and June, a few mange tout and lots of herbs. Strawberries are just starting to ripen and we have had a few bowls of them. I picked a big lunch box full yesterday. The poly is now in its high summer formation with aubergines, tomatoes and bush french beans. There also a few summer herbs and a few more little plug plants of salad.
In the main beds the potatoes are going great guns, and the broad beans are just about to start producing but they have very bad black fly which I am. trying to combat with high pressure water. The squash are now all in, and the Sweetcorn is as well. The surprise this year is that the cabbage is doing OK, plus we are hoping for great things from our cauliflower.
Pictures to follow soon.
So about two/three weeks ago two of our Muscovy girls hatched clutches of ducklings.
Vita and one of the chocolates. Vita has hatched 12 and Choc has hatched 4. They are both delighted with themselves. Vita is being her usual lioness type mum, and hisses and jumps at me if I go anywhere near them. Choc is a bit more relaxed. All are doing well.
Due to our horrible mink attack, we have lost one of our breeding drakes Othello. He was very distinctive black drake, so we should be able to spot his offspring. If we have any black or magpie girls we should be able to keep them as the breeding line will now go back to Orlando.
This is a summary of the soay lambing this year:
23rd April – twins, 1 gimmer, 1 tup, born to Ellie
28th April – single tup
2nd May – single tup
3rd May – twins, 1 gimmer, 1 tup
None are tagged as yet as our tagging applicator broke so we’re awaiting delivery of a new one. All are healthy, growing, and doing everything they should be. Interestingly, this year, all are dark brown, there are no caramels.