Introducing Phoebe, our new farm Cat

To be honest Phoebe arrived with us in July. We were re-homing her but after a couple of days inside the house (where she spent a lot of time in the office trying to get me to play with her instead of working) she made a bid for freedom and………

As Phoebe continued to return to the big barn for her food we were not concerned by the fact that she preferred to live outside. As time went on we saw Phoebe more frequently around the farm buildings but…. she often didn’t appear to see us!

It became more obvious that Phoebe was actually deaf or very very hard of hearing. She would often come round a building where we were working and be surprised to see us and run off immediately. Sometimes we would see her sitting on the straw bales and, until she saw us, we could shout and holler but she would not move.

Last month we made a break through and Phoebe came to me whilst I filled her food dish. Now we have daily cuddles (and nose rubs) and she is becoming more trusting, even when other people are around in her Barn.

Although she has not come back in the house she is very happy in the barns and just loves to get extra treats if we see her – especially her favourite tuna flavour Dreamies!!

So, maybe when you come and stay you might spot our little tigress as she prowls the gardens on her daily walkabout!

Blossom Time!

We love this time of year when the blossom in the orchard arrives! The pink cherry tree on the pigs patch is gorgeous and the aged cherry tree on the big lawn is now in full bloom.

Unfortunately the wind is getting up so the blossom will soon be blown away.

But we can enjoy it for a while now during lockdown – it’s always a promise of an autumn harvest of apples and a few pears!

But never any cherries as the pigeons always harvest them!!

Lambing time

Lambing has started!

Sadly we have no guests to witness the first born lambs this year.

Due to this terrible Coronavirus we have had to stop having guests. We will review the situation in mid-June.

However, natures course continues and these lovely lambs are doing well.

Every year we feel privileged to see lambs being born and I even get to bottle feed the weaker or extra ones. This year I will not have my usual band of willing visitors to assist at the feeding times. The bottle racks may be needed!

Hoping for a good outcome for all of you in isolation.

Keep safe.