Tuesday, 19 November 2013

First Snowfall of the Year !

This morning we woke up to the first snowfall of the year here in Scotland.  With the colder weather
brings extra jobs.  This is Haggis enjoying his new bale of haylage, this means he can enjoy his food without having to hunt for the grass.... well he is special and deserves the treat, after all he is 16yrs old.

The girls going out this morning, they had hardly left the barn and they were rolling in the nice fresh snowfall.

This is the very first snow that the babies have seen.  Zambo had a great time jumping up and down.  The babies were fascinated with the arrival of the first snow.

Dougal is making his way down to the new bale of haylage.  I have my stash of haylage in the field for the cows, this means that I don't have to always take the tractor up to feed the cows if the weather gets too bad.

The babies enjoying the snow, Zambo spent ages rolling around.

Then it was time for Zymerah to have a go ... the girls are too busy around the hay-ring.  Looks like the haylage has the seal of approval.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Retail Therapy .... the best kind !!

I thought I would introduce you to my new arrivals..... meet Pharaoh & Phoenix, most people who know me already know that I have always wanted some Peacocks....these are Indian Blue Peacocks.  I have had them for just over a week now and they decided to venture out into the midday sun.  Apparently they take approx 4 years to reach maturity before they have a magnificent display of tail feathers.  These two are just babies at only 5 months old. 

We have started to get a bit of wet weather and the pond has started to fill with water, it looks so different with some water in ...I think it actually looks bigger !

Another few jobs have been crossed of the 'to do list' .  Ive been wanting a path leading to my chickens, as over the years I have had to take a muddy slippery route to their door, it was just a matter of time before I ended up on my backside.... however I now have a nice level gravel path.  Which is quite a treat when I nip out in the mornings to let the chickens out in my all terrain slippers !!

'Puffing Billy'  .... another little spontaneous purchase.
My parents are here at the moment ... not much call for designer clothes up here ...I'm afraid.  Overalls are the dress of the day.  I have also been out shopping for this new fire, I intend to refurbish it and it will be looking like new.  My Dad has managed to release the doors and do a bit of sorting it out.  This is them feeling the heat, as we decided to light it to see how it works.... it works great.  I managed to pick it up on my travels .... I do like a bargain and I already have decided where its going.

More winter preparation, for years this area has always been muddy in the winter,  now that the extra wooden barns have been built this area is where the horses come and stand.  It is also where the alpacas get sheared, under cover between the barns.  I now have lights in all the barns which is great for the darker nights and over the canopy.... which is great as I'm usually pottering about till dark.

This is a close up of the fire on the trailer before and after photos....I'm really very chuffed at how it now looks.

This is the finished newly painted and renovated wood burner, I just fell in love with it when I saw it and just had to buy it..... I was confident that I would be able to find a place for it.  The aim is to put it in the conservatory as I like to sit in there and watch the alpaca girls and babies, but it gets far too cold on the wintry days .... I'm guessing that won't be a problem any more.