Sunday, 6 November 2016

Wet and windy weekend

Well we haven't had a weekend like this for a while. The sky is at best a murky grey and at worst resembling the depths of night time. We're dashing out between downpours to feed the animals. The horses are inside a barn so I am dry when I am working with them however yesterday was soaked and filthy from putting them in and out of the field and taking their rugs on and off. The ducks and geese aren't bothered by the weather of course!
Friday night we braved the cold (but thankfully not wet) to go to Sunderland illuminations. It took us around 40 minutes to get there and we then used a park and ride to take us into the main event. It was a pleasant evening but bitterly cold as it is by the coast. The kids enjoyed themselves and we headed home. A late night for the kids means they would be tired Saturday.
Before we left on Friday I checked the sheep who was poorly. She had a really runny tummy, I'll spare you the photos. I cleaned the muck off the ground just in case it was diseased and it means I can keep an eye on new ones to see if they are runny. On Saturday we picked up some coarse mix feed for them and she came over and ate it which is a great sign. She seems so much better so let's keep our fingers crossed for her.
The place we got the lamb/ewe mix from sells chicken and horse feed too, so I am pleased we've found somewhere else in case our current supplier is closed or whatever. The sheep were happy under the tree (puzzle tree?) staying out of the bad weather.
Jack and I took the puppies out for a walk when there was a break in the weather and coming back we saw the most stunning rainbow. Typically, and very unusually,  I did not have my phone so when we got back I ran in and got it, dashed back out and got a few pics as it was starting to fade. Here's a photo of Jack in front of the house too, for a nice memory for us both. It really was beautiful and so vivid.
Also our Vorwerk hens totally free range and of all the places to lay an egg, she chose to do it on top of the empty bedding bags!
In the picture of the ponies in the field, you can just make out the brave chickens wandering in and out of their legs. Brave? Or stupid? I'll let them decide :)

8 comments:

  1. What fab pictures. Is the tree maybe a Scots Pine? I cant really see.

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    1. Thank you for that - I shall look it up!

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  2. Great pictures, love the photo of the rainbow, it doesn't rain often here so we won't get many opportunities to search for the pot of gold at the end of it

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    1. Jack, my son, was determined to find it however the end of the rainbow did look like it was in the next county to me!

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  3. Its not a Monkey puzzle I agree with Sol its a Scots pine. Lovely photos.

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    1. Fab thank you, I'll do some research.

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  4. Oh what a clever chicken...the bags probably have trapped air inside them and are slightly warmer than other places..what a fabulous year you have had in your new home...can't wait to see what Yuletide brings! x

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    1. I can't either - I am positively bursting with excitement of seeing the place at Christmas, what will be growing, what green decorations we can bring inside and how much fun we can all share. Thanks for commenting :) The chicken is now laying on the straw bales, 10 eggs so I think I better remove them. Chicks in November isn't going to be a great idea otherwise.

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