Friday, 12 May 2017

My mornings

I am lucky.  I have 2 mornings.  1 at home then another at work.  I prefer my mornings at home ;) I thought I'd share with you some photos from my morning's this week.
I go outside around 5:30 making a mental note of what the weather has turned out like (and usually cursing the forecast if they have it wrong).
This week we have had dry mornings, though one was that foggy it felt Autumnal.
Outside our back door
Beyond the trees you see in the first photo
Looking back up to the house from the little paddock
This is where the farmers cows normally are but on this foggy morning, you can't see them.

Normally they are very interested in what I am doing.
Whilst taking note of the weather, I head straight over to the big barn to feed the horses, saying hi to the sheep on the way.
 
The sheep know that they don't get fed first, they are in to the routine now, so they generally just look up at me but don't get up.
The horses are always very pleased to have been fed. 
Ryan, our female goose (I know) sleeps in the barn and she follows me around on a morning until I feed and water her.  She prefers the sheep food to her own.  Typical!
Hello...feed me please
This water looks like mine
I also give the free range chickens (fully free range) their breakfast, heads down, bottoms up.
Notice the dominant cockerel and the less dominant one...
After the chickens, horses and Ryan, come the sheep.  By now they are at the gate waiting for their food.

After the sheep, the pigs are up.  They are usually awake and rootling around when I turn up with a bucket for them.  By gum they are boisterous now.  No manners and you better hope you don't get knocked over when feeding as I'm not convinced you'd get back up again.  Needless to say the kids are banned from going in there!
The look cute though.
Foggy morning
Sunnier morning
Beautiful afternoon
Once the big animals are taken care of, I open up the chickens, ducks and geese in the rest of the areas.
By now the cows have followed me along the edge of the field and watch intently.  These are young cows and most probably as stupid as last years, so we're going to strengthen this area as I don't want them getting into the chicken and orchard areas.

There are lots of them.  The gate in the below photo is where the bridleway (opposite direction to the gate) is, which is at the front of our house. 



 This is the orchard where the hens are, where we don't want any cow interruptions!

There is a bottoms up theme here.
 The ducks and ducklings are let out (this is before we moved them) and the make their way busily to the pond.



Over on the other side of the smallholding, I make sure the plastic pond is refilled for the geese who are often too impatient to wait.  The sound of running water entices them.  They can be mean, so are separate from the ducks.



The female joins the male.


She sees what he has in mind and makes a sharp exit!



 I make sure everything has food and water, which we usually top up the night before but sometimes we don't manage to complete them all or 'life happens', but I never leave without making sure all is well.
The Vorwerk hens usually settle down anywhere to lay their eggs just as we're leaving for school and work.  We've had some fun times trying to locate where they are laying!  It's just as well there's only 6 that free range so much.  The rest free range, but are restricted in their areas.



Once I've done this, I get myself, the kids and the dogs sorted, make packed lunches, load the car, forget where I've put my phone, dash round for 30 seconds looking and then leave on time, wondering most days how I managed to pull it off.
I wouldn't change it for a thing though, and no, it's not too much like hard work.  For now, we have to go out to work as we do to pay the bills and this is how we make the most of it. 


Smallholding is in our blood, I'm sure of it.












12 comments:

  1. a great routine, I love going out and opening everyone's doors and serving breakfast, they are always pleased to see me, I wouldnt want our life any other way :-)

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  2. Chin up as well as bottoms up then!! x

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  3. I LOVE that photo of the horse and the views of the misty mornings. Everyday life for you and what a life.x

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  4. I am loving all the ducks!

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  5. Oh how I wish I was younger, I love a small holding minus the horses as they terrify me. You've done brilliantly since arriving, it's all coming together and I'm sure you'll be a success. 😁

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    1. Haha yes to be fair the horses are an add on most of the year from a smallholders point of view, though they do provide the much need muck for the veg 😀

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  6. I know what you mean about work and bills. I am a stay-at-home Mom, but Hubby has been working double shifts. I have to put some outdoor work on hold until he's home. We have wood to split, a fence to put up, a garden to continue tilling and now plant....chicken coop to muck. I do love it, although I am busy most days. Loved all your photos.

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    1. i have so many plans that would keep me bust every day all day but not just yet. They sound exactly like yours though 😊 I love what we have and suits us perfectly for now

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