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Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

Not a hawfinch in sight

Saturday 28th October 2017Not a hawfinch in sightWe've had some beautiful clear days recently and some amazing skies.I've spent a lot of time outside trying to get hawfinch on my farm list. ...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

A bumper pepper harvest

Tuesday 24th October 2017Still mowingCrazy as it seems, I've been doing a lot of mowing this last week. The weather in our part of the world has been unbelievably mild and dry so the grass i...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

Chicken Fried Lice

Sunday 22nd October 2017Rounding up the meat birds***Warning*** This post concerns itself with the slaughter and processing of chickens for meat. It's up to you if you choose to read on.Whil...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 2W ago

Ramalamadingdong!

Sunday 22nd October 2017Sheep moving day. Near the beginning of August Rambo has to move away from his ewes. This year he moved up to the farmhouse paddock with this year's two ram lambs (kn...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 2W ago

The very best baked beans

Saturday 21st October 2017Finally. The Borlottis are harvested.With the holiday upon us and the weather pretty foul, I spent most of the day shelling beans.I grow several types of beans. Apa...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 2W ago

An Unpredictable Week

Monday 16th October 2017Borlotti harvest abandoned... againBorlotti beans waiting to be harvestedAutumn seems to be calming down a little as we enter the last week of school before the Octob...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 3W ago

Shaking my nuts

A brief sojourn on the farm in between autumn birding trips and there are plenty of jobs to catch up on. A while back I harvested all the cobnuts. For those who don't know, these are the cul...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

Destination Unknown - EPIC TWITCHING from Shetland to Scilly

All bird photos in this blog post are shamelessly lifted from the Facebook pages, Twitter feeds or blogs of people who were friends at the beginning of this week's birding. (It saves me the ...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

A Yellow-breasted Bunting - before they're all eaten!

At this time of year my smallholding activities fall by the wayside and visitors to this blog are instead regaled with tales of my unpredictable dashes to see rare birds in far-flung corners...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

Everyone's a Fruit and Nut Case

My one piece of advice to anyone setting up to be self-sufficient would be to plant fruit straight away, orchard trees, soft fruit bushes, nut trees and hedgerow fruit. It is an investment w...