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Tales from Swallow Farm · 1w ago

The Perfect Day... almost

Yesterday was just about perfect.It started with two swallows chattering in the stables. These two birds spent the day air-dancing over the farm. One of the little owl pair sat on sentry dut...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

Baa Baa Black Sheep

There is only one subject I can possibly write about today... this year's first lambs, delivered late last night, Easter Friday.Our Shetland ewes do not have names, but the first mum of 2017...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

Hooray! The First Swallow.

I've been anticipating their arrival for a while now but this evening, as I relaxed in my living willow chair with a cold beer and the two dogs, admiring another glorious sunset, I heard the...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

A Springtime Catch-Up

No blog posts for a while. I won't apologise. It's not through laziness but through business.It really is all go on the smallholding at this time of year. Dawn till dusk working the soil, so...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 4W ago

Giant Eggs and PSB on the menu

Sunday 19th March 2017Perky TurkeysA few days ago I found a turkey egg sitting out in the open all on its own. We placed it into one of the houses in the hope that whichever hen had laid it ...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

A New Comfrey Bed

18th March 2017Re-reading the works of Lawrence D Hills (founder of the UK organic movement) has inspired me to make better use of my comfrey plants.My established comfrey plants are coming ...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

I know I keep saying it but.... SPRING IS IN THE AIR!

The customary annual almond blossom photo.13th March 2017The equinox is coming up fast and this is when the smallholding goes into overdrive. All the groundwork should have been accomplished...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

Taking shelter in the polytunnel

Plan for the day was to peg down the groundcover sheets between the raspberry rows and to mulch the canes with compost. But the rain put an end to my plans. I don't mind getting wet, but I w...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

All Muck But Not A Lot Of Magic Yet

Saturday 11th March 2017For those who enjoyed reading about Arthur's escapades,here he is at the scene of the crime, the attractively named South Holland Main Drain And here's a spot the dif...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

The Great Escape

Monday 6th March 2017One slight whiff of freedom today and everybody decided to make a run for it!The turkeys enjoying being back outside. I still haven't thought of a name for the silver st...