Farming is somewhat a baptism of fire for me, I never saw myself as a farmers wife let alone running a farm business with my husband. We are a team however and hopefully will be a good one, as Luke says he is the beauty and I am the ……. I’ll stop there cheeky git!
Luke is ‘Hands on’ that is for sure, come rain or shine he is the one outside to make sure the livestock are all ok, I will certainly aim to keep it that way.
We finally moved our ‘Rixham residents’ over here in November and finally the fields felt alive, we had our 82 sheep grazing the top paddocks and 23 bullocks here for B&B come December. Yes it is called Bed & Breakfast, I am not making it up and no the cattle do not come inside and go to bed!!!
I cannot wait for Spring now as our ewes are due to lamb in February! The place will be just wonderful when the sun is shining and there are young spring lambing bouncing around the place!!
Watch this space for updates! I have to be a little careful trying to take photos of the sheep and lambs as I am pregnant although, if I can get Luke to do a video clip or two, I will upload here! Here is a link about why pregnant women should avoid close contact with sheep for those of you that don’t know…. http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/934.aspx?CategoryID=54&SubCategoryID=131
In December we also purchased 30 more ewe lambs some of which were pedigree Lleyns, the others the first of our 3 way cross breeding program… Lleyn X Texel. They are some beautiful ewe lambs purchased from experts in Lleyns, Joyce & Steven Childs. The support we have been offered from them has been highly valuable as we have a lot to learn! The are very nice looking, a bit like cotton wall balls, fluffy white and round.
We also have our Daycare service up and running. Currently two men join us a couple of days a week… the feedback we have received has been amazing. They rave about the fresh food and general activities being out on our farm…. It is things like that that really makes it all so worth while doing. Before I met my Luke and his family I had no experience of interacting with anyone with special needs, it was an eye opener. When I saw the good work Luke was doing on his parents Tenant farm, it made sense to support him in any way I could to set up a care farm of our own. We are now listed on www.carefarminguk.org
This is a picture of some of the lads we have visit us, I took this on Lukes Parents farm when we were over visiting….