I had just had (yet another) operation and I needed something to do. I wasn’t feeling very well and couldn’t read or think or work. But I could take some photos and write a few sentences. And so after thinking about it for a few years, I finally got round to starting this blog.
I wanted it to be a way of recording all the changes and developments we are making on the campsite and smallholding. I am not good at keeping notes on our animals or garden so it is also a way of keeping track of when things happen, how we could do things better in the future etc. Lastly, I wanted it to be a way of keeping in touch with family and friends who are far away.
Big changes have happened in the year since these photos were taken. In no particular order in the past year we have done the following new things:
- raised up turkey chicks from eggs laid by the turkey hens
- had a turkey chick birthday party
- hatched our own silkie chicks
- hatched some Ixworth chickens (and one-blue egg layer) in my new incubator
- failed to hatch rhea eggs
- Cuddled Inky Dinky Doo
- Had hats made by a friend from our own jacob wool
- Had our alpaca fleece spun
- said goodbye to the Suffolk sheep via the knackerman
- got 4 more Jacob sheep
- tupped our four older Jacob sheep
- started keeping bees
- undertaken an artificial swarm and made another colony
- lost the original queen
- successfully overwintered the bees
- built two sheep shelters
- Built a chicken palace
- Built two sheds
- started building our toilet block
- got two new kittens
- took Mao to his wonderful new home in Bristol with our lovely friends
- cured streaky and back bacon, made pancetta, spalla, speck and guanciale (although one batch of bacon and pancetta suffered somewhat from maggotgate) – currently waiting on the proscuito (squeak squeak)
- started hot and cold smoking all sorts of goodies
- kept large black and British Lop pigs
- started selling our sausages and bacon from our own free range, very happy pigs
- planted more than 50 trees (not including the 20 I did this weekend)
- managed to survive in vegetable and fruit terms largely on our own produce – I love bananas and avocado too much to give them up.
- Cut back the old copse and started its transformation into a new woodland space
- Had a new roof put on the house
- Visited Scotland on holiday
- Kainaat started competing in trials and qualified CDex
- had visits from and visited lots of our lovely friends and family
- Met some lovely new people on the site, online and elsewhere
- Had a great time on the campsite with all the wonderful people who come to stay – including getting lots of help feeding the animals and collecting eggs
- Managed not to have another operation – although that is looking like it will change on Thursday…..
Looking forward to another year of adventures …
And last but not least thank you to everyone who joins us for the ride ….