After an absence from the farm of over a year we finally have some more bees. After losing our previous colonies for various reasons, a kindly local beekeeper has given us a "nuc" to start us off again. They have settled in already and within a few hours they had mentally mapped the new apiary site and were bringing in pollen for the brood. We have been told that the river valley where New Mills Farm is located is quite tough for the bees, probably because of the dampness ove
Having a family member that works at a veterinary practice means that quite often we have animals to care for either long term or just overnight. Think this lonely one might be around for a while. Some of the other animals we've looked after recently include: a baby sparrow - went to RSPCA West Hatch for release a pair of ducklings - joined the ducks on our river a baby rabbit and guinea-pig - returned to the Vet a pheasant chick - feathered up nicely and escaped to the woods
Hats off to the shearers yesterday on one of the hottest days of the year. We left the sheep in the shade until the last minute to avoid stressing them but when we went to put them in the fold they split into 3 flocks. We got the first lot in OK but the other two groups played hard to get. We were totally drained by the time we managed to round them up - the sheep were fine however. The shearers arrived in time to see one of the ewes jump the hurdles and, despite our best eff
Went for a walk around the farm with a camera, ended up by the river. Lots of wildlife action - dippers whizzing past, trout rising, kingfishers and mayflies. Unfortunately I couldn't get photos of any of these as my digital camera delays taking a picture until about 2 seconds after I've pressed the button. Lots of photos of not much in particular. So here are some pictures I managed to take of things that move a bit slower. Click on them for descriptions.