J > The long cold and cloudy – and wet – spring, this year, resulted in much of nature being ‘behind’ by up to three weeks, maybe near to a month. That includes sheep shedding their old fleeces, and starting to grown new fleeces. It’s been my practice, in recent years, to shear sheep individually, typically one per day over the course of a month, starting in early June (or even late May – in a good year) with the boys and those girls that haven’t carried and nursed lambs ; and ending in early July with the the mums, especially the oldest girls. This year, shearing has been about three weeks late …Continue reading →
Denise > It’s late May, but it still feels like early May – thanks to powerful cold winds from melting glaciers in Greenland. Everything natural is at least 3 weeks behind. Nonetheless, during the past few days, we’ve been getting a good spell of warming sunshine – and that has encouraged plants to throw out new branches, leaves, and even flowers. At this time of year – or, rather, that time of year (ie in a normal early May) wild flowers are, predominantly yellow. We were over at the croft, a couple of days ago, planting half a dozen oak trees, and everything was yellow. Or green. Except …Continue reading →
Posting to this blog has lost momentum. Until the purchase of our house in Wales is completed, we daren’t allow ourselves much freedom to make plans for our new lives there. Similarly, until both our remaining properties here are sold, we have to work hard and keeping things going here, just in case things don’t work out as well as planned. We really can’t afford to let ourselves get stuck in limbo-land. So, for now, we’re just getting on with the mucking out and making good – whether for the benefit of us or those who follow.Continue reading →
Both our own home An Gàrradh Mòr and Carrick Eriskay are now ‘on the market’ with Bell & Ingram.
Photos of the interior of our own house – An Gàrradh Mòr – here at the walled garden have appeared from time to time in these blog posts, but here’s a wee tour of the principal rooms, in no particular order.
This is a very significant milestone for us, in what has to date been a long and fraught journey without signposts or reassuring waymarks. We hope it becomes more straightforward as options narrow.Continue reading →
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Snowfall at Dawn … the day begins blue and continues on the same theme. Photos D at home, J at Carrick
Jonathan & Denise >
Over the weekend we’ve been working on developing the interactive map of the croft. It’s still a work-in-progress, but already it offers a lot more than just showing where on the surface of Earth the croft is located! Judge for yourself :
J > The energy gained by the waters rushing headlong under the bridge – falling nearly two metres in just 20m or so – is not quickly dissipated, not by the weight of the weight of the seas that they blunder into, nor by the waves driving in from the west, nor even by the wind. Never, surely, did any attacking army break through the ranks of its sworn enemy with as much malevolence!Continue reading →
J > I’m replacing the fences (and gates) on the west side. The work starts with the gate into the Steading, then then a short length of fence. (These aren’t shown in these photos.) You’ll see here that I’ve installed one of the new square wooden posts for the gate into Carrick, and some of the wooden posts along the new alignment. The last post (and two before it) have to be galvanized steel, because bedrock is very close to the surface. The old fence was installed (not by me!) incorrectly – too far from the field access track.
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J & D > This morning J found one of the pregnant ewes in distress, and apparently not far from lambing. We returned together to coax her on to the trailer along with straw bedding and feed+water, and brought her over to the walled garden – aka The Maternity Ward. She slept in the trailer overnight, and we let her out into the woodland patch in the sheltered NE corner of the garden, where she gave birth in the freezing cold pouring rain.Continue reading →