We saw the calf this morning – did wonder whether it was a new born. Lovely!
Congratulations. Looks handsome
7 days ago
We had a very exciting day in the apiary yesterday!
We started with a routine hive inspection and were thrilled to finally spot & mark a queen in one of the hives. As we came to the last hive it seemed very agitated & as we watched it swarmed!
We followed the swarm to their gathering place & later we caught them & put them into a new hive.This morning we checked & it looks as though they have decided to stay!!! Result! 🐝🐝🐝🐝 … See MoreSee Less
Good picture and explanation x
Jasper’s home schooling continues & as he comes to help feed the animals everyday we are trying to teach him the names of some of the wildflowers etc that we spot on the way – today we found these! This absolutely huge bracket fungus turns out to have some great names – Dryad’s Saddle, Scaly Polypore or Pheasants Back. Its Scientific Name is Polyporus squamosus. Apparently they are edible.
Later we found the much smaller but rather pretty Turkeytail – (Trametes versicolor) … See MoreSee Less
Wow it’s huge
Jasper is going to be very special among his school mates.
We did our second bee inspection of the season yesterday which is probably the most organised we have ever been as they usually manage to swarm by the time we get around to this!! They have come through winter amazingly well & we have one hive building up very nicely, a weaker one we think has an old queen (which looks as if it is about to re-queen itself) & one that has exploded with bees & made loads of honey in less than 3 weeks!!! We thought we might be able to manage a hive split but, as usual, our queen proved elusive so we moved some queen cells & brood with some stores to a nuc & will keep our fingers crossed that they will found a new colony & that their parent hive doesn’t swarm in this colder weather! … See MoreSee Less
Thats all so interesting!
4 weeks ago
The sun over the last few weeks has been lovely after the long wet winter but thank goodness for this rain! We need it to make the grass grow to feed the sheep & cows but we have also managed to get the cows’ winter quarters harrowed down, reseeded & rolled – this rain should really get it growing!🌾🌱 … See MoreSee Less
This rain is perfectly timed!
The electric fences are all up & the cows are finally in ‘camping field’ – look at that grass! … See MoreSee Less
Looks lovely wish I was there ,such a beautiful outlook ..
How lush does that look, they must love it!!
They're hardly starving, are they?
Albans Barnyard is feeling relieved.
1 month ago
After a horrible, horrible wet muddy winter the cows are finally out of their winter quarters & on to grass! Only about 5 miles of electric fence to go & they can move into the big field. Happy days! … See MoreSee Less
Thank you for sharing xx
They are like the spring lambs but a wee bit bigger 🙂
They look so happy , hope you are both well stay safe
They do look excited!
They look so happy!
Saw them this afternoon enjoying the field!
What a wonderful sight they look very happy cows .stay safe to all your family !
There’s always one who wants to muck about – they’re meant to eat it, not bounce on it! … See MoreSee Less
Look how much their horns have grown. Good picture x
This post was going to be about ‘Oak before Ash we’re in for a splash’ but then this deer leapt into the photo – a bit of a surprise as we don’t see that many here & very rarely during the day!
Perhaps it liked the look of the newly harrowed grass🦌 … See MoreSee Less
What a beautiful place you you have up there Simon. Fantastic!
Jasper’s lesson today was patience & he aced it! The piglets are very shy & until today have run away when anyone goes near them. This morning Jasper sat very quietly in their pen & after about 5 minutes (& believe me that’s a long time for a 4 year old!) & they came right up to him for food!🐖🐖🐖🐖🐖🐖🐖🐖🙂 … See MoreSee Less
This is so cute! Well done Jasper 💙
Lovely. Happy Easter Albans x
That’s lovely, happy Easter 🐣
Fantastic!! He’s a good boy. X
That is so good of him x
Good little man….perfect pig farmer🐷🐷 Happy Easter to all al Alband
Jasper must enjoy growing up with all the animals 😗 Happy Easter to you all xx
The honey bees are making the most of this lovely weather! This one’s collected loads of pollen (& is pollinating the pear trees too!) 🐝 … See MoreSee Less
Yes I have loads of daily little buzzy bees 🐝 loving the Daphne bush in my front garden it is a pleasure to see them-especially covered in pollen from the garden
Spring comes a little later up here on Skye. Nevertheless I have seen a few bumblebees trying to warm up in the rays of the morning sun 🐝☀️
Look great. Have you a mix of breeds this year?
Yesterday’s home schooling was directing the lamb races – not sure it was that successful!
Today’s was biology & we studied a dead fox in the woods. Jasper was really interested in this (especially the sharp teeth!) but it was a bit too gruesome for photos! … See MoreSee Less
How lovely for Jasper, lots of fun and fresh air
Wow you’ve had a bumper crop of lambs this year!! 😍
That’s great 😅