What a beautiful morning to go for a hack, the sun was just coming up and the flies were still asleep!!
So the year starts again, here at Week Farm we wish all our friends 'old' and 'new' a very Happy New Year and hope that 2017 will be a good, happy and healthy one.
Now is the time that we start thinking about lambing. We need to get the pens up and prepare ourselves for busy days and long, cold nights.
Lambing will begin the first week of February and, for us, lasts about two months.
This picture shows our horse 'Blue' sharing his breakfast with some cheeky sheep who have decided that it's easier to snack from the haynet than to find grass in the field!
Autumn is such a beautiful time of year with all the glorious colours, smells and different wonders to see in nature. It's a time for long walks, log fires when you get home and homemade apple crumble with lashings of custard!
It's a time of plenty for the birds and a time when you can reflect on the year, having reaped the harvest and prepared for winter.
And so it begins again.
We have finished the harvest....... all is safely gathered in, and now we are preparing the soil and re-planting for next year. These pictures show us drilling oil seed rape seed ready for next years harvest. (Oil seed rape is the crop with the bright yellow flowers and is mainly used for producing cooking oil.)
Life on the farm changes with the seasons, and that is what keeps it interesting and always busy.
It's that time of year again when the weather forecast becomes the only thing that we watch on TV! Harvest time is crazy yet amazing, it's a time when all the many hours spent in the fields come to fruition and you reap the benefits of your hard work. We hope that this years summer will bring us long dry days and warm peaceful nights.... I guess we will just have to watch the next forecast to see if that is going to happen!
Every day we are reminded of the wonders of the seasons. You don't have to look far to see new life growing and blossoming all around us. Here on the farm we are nurturing this years lambs and, as we get closer to putting the cattle out after a long winter, we are sowing grass seed in damaged fields and making the fences stock proof. The hope of longer and warmer days give us a spring in our step and a smile on our faces.