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Tales from Swallow Farm · 20h ago

A Fire, An Explosion and a right Battering by The Storm With No Name

Monday 15th January 2018A full scale drama and we didn't even know about itThe chimney sweep came today. After Christmas there was a strange boom in the woodburner. The next day we found the...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 3d ago

Asparagus put to bed

Saturday 13th January 2018Sheep stuffI was rudely awoken by Sue with the news that the three ewe lambs had pushed through the electric fence and got in with Rambo and the breeding ewes! Norm...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 5d ago

Garlic and Shallots - Divide and Conquer

Tuesday 9th January 2018The final order for ducklings from fellow smallholders was 226. I look forward to the day they all come.Garlic and shallots in the groundI got the garlic planted toda...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 5d ago

2018 Veg - All Systems Go Go GO!

Sunday 7th January 2018Poultry lossesWe lost one of the ducks on Saturday, the male Cayuga. He just wasn't there when I went to put them away. No feathers, no blood, no body. I count my bles...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

Rhubarb Resurrection

Sunday 7th January 2018The somewhat strained look on my face is becauseI was trying to hold the trophy, the whopping great mangeland take a selfie!This was taken a few years back.I didn't gr...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

Mud-dling along

Saturday 6th January 2018A few dry days would be good so the water has time to drainThere is a fine balance between muddy and not muddy at this time of year. With the colder temperatures mos...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

Pekins here we come!

Friday 5th January 2018Duck! Duck! Duck! Duck! Duck!I received a lovely message in my inbox today. A company who supply hatching kits for schools and care homes contacted me as they obviousl...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

Dairy Diary - Cheese and butter making

Wednesday 3rd January 2018Eleanor breezes throughStorm Eleanor howled her way through overnight. I was pleased that her only visible impact was a displaced dustbin. It took me a while to loc...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 2W ago

A Turkey is not just for Christmas

Monday 1st January 2018!New Year ResolutionsI don't really do New Year's Resolutions, but if I am making one this year I guess it will be to cook a lot more from scratch. And I never thought...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 2W ago

A New Year Clear Out

Saturday 30th December 2017Poultry thinningThe Muscovy ducks are so big now that, despite recently waving goodbye to four of them, there is barely room in the poultry houses at night. They a...