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Tales from Swallow Farm · 3d ago

Flying Young Cannibals part 2

Three days in the stables and the Muscovy ducklings' wings were all healed. Remarkably the three perpetrators of the crime for some reason do not peck each other. I decided to get the nine d...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 6d ago

Accidental Cannibals

Remember those cute little ducklings that Elvis hatched five weeks ago?Well they've grown! Compared to turkeys and chickens, Muscovy ducklings grow ridiculously quickly. You can understand h...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

Back to Barra so soon

I didn't think I'd be back so soon. It was only four weeks ago that Sue, Boris, Arthur and I were exploring the southernmost of the Outer Hebridean Islands and now I was back again. The reas...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 2W ago

Ducks move into Spare Veg Patch

Not only do I have a rather intricately designed veg plot known as The Wheel, but I also have a rather sizeable plot simply known as The Spare Veg Patch.This is where I grow the crops which ...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 2W ago

Honey bees get ready for winter.

As we enter September autumn is fast upon us. All the fields have now been harvested and Sue and I are spending most of our time picking and processing.It's certainly autumn time for the bee...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 3W ago

All Spick and Span

Ever since we arrived back from the Outer Hebrides I have been working like a dog (obviously not Boris or Arthur, as the concept of work is alien to them!). For I have been full of new ideas...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 3W ago

Plague and pestilence - a thoroughly disheartening affair

How dare we have a holiday!We were only gone for just less than a week during which time a plague of pestilence and disease was wrought upon the smallholding. Well, that's a bit of an exagge...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

A Marrow Victory

That's mine, front centre, next to that very long courgette!Under the umbrella of the Fenland Smallholders Club I run a Grow Your Own group. We meet up most months, taking turns to visit eac...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

Elvis to the rescue

For one reason or another much of our egg hatching this year has not gone entirely according to plan.We tried to time it so that nothing complicated would happen while we were away on the Ou...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

The Uists and Barra - The Secret Is Out

I am no stranger to the Outer Hebrides, the chain of islands that guard north-west Scotland against the ravages of the Atlantic Ocean. For their geographical position makes them prime territ...