Becky Sherman, The Squire Farm, Chapel Lawn, Bucknell, Shropshire. SY7 0BW
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THE SQUIRE FARM
The Squire Farm, Chapel Lawn, Bucknell, Shropshire SY7 0BW
FARM NEWS 2016
21/6/16 Taking advantage of the horrendous stair-
The rain has also delayed shearing, which was going to happen 10 days ago. Could be any day now -
30/4/16 The second wave of lambing started two weeks ago on 17th April. It is very slow, but so far we have had two lots of triplets and five lots of twins, with six more ewes to lamb.
That is the good news; not so good on the chick front. One chick has not developed properly and has deformed legs. A week ago, I moved them all into a stable in the barn (it is an american open-
There have been some beautiful days of sunshine and very little wind. Signs of spring are everywhere.
We have had the first of our lambs (a little earlier than expected), the daffodils have been out for some time now, but there is blossom on some of the fruit trees.
Yu, a lovely Chinese student, has been helping us over Easter with tidying the garden and looking after the animals. Some of the shrubs are looking exceptionally de-
Another sign of spring is that I have successfully hatched seven chicks in the incubator. So far we only have to protect them from the cats, which involve having to remember to keep the sitting room door shut!!
And finally, ten trees have been coppiced along the river bank, next job will be fencing them.
Ewe Management on Squire Farm
The ewes are in overnight and every morning they are put out to enjoy the grass and the sun (unless it’s raining)
Last Tuesday, just as we were sitting down to supper, John our shearer rang and asked if we could get the sheep in before it rained so they could come and shear them in the morning. So after we’d eaten, we donned wellies and with the help of the dog, rounded up the ewes and lambs; shouldn’t be a problem -
I ha..(sorry) love sheep. With the aid of a stick, a lots of shouting, screaming and wailing to make myself seem like a sheep’s worst nightmare and Peter being the true shepherd (guide) with a bucket of food (I know that one -
The darlings stayed in overnight, well penned, all the barn doors tight shut and the farm gate shut as a back stop. When the shearers arrived it was a different matter however. Some jumped out of the pens and others decided to practise mountain climbing on the bags of logs. One even tried a bit of dirty fighting with the shearer, kicking him where she shouldn’t! Well, they were shorn in the end and I don’t think they were in the least grateful they had had their coats removed.
July and August 2016
Last week, our neighbour held to their promise to deal with the bottom end of our track. It has now lost the deep lakes which were threatening to engulf my little car every time I drove through them! Instead there is a section of neat, re-
We have hatched more eggs and after losing all the previous brood, are now watching very carefully over these ones. Pictures in due course.
The pond in Xidong garden is a constant source of disappointment to our visitors. It has, in it’s time been a lovely ornamental pond with suitable rushes and water plants, stone work and, before I moved to Squire Farm, it possibly had a water fall into one end. Over the last four years, it has gradually developed a leak, which now means that the pond (never very deep) is now one to two inches of mud over it’s concrete bottom! It is still home to frogs and newts.
There is no way of finding out where the leak is and plugging it, which would be the obvious solution and it may be that there are several leaks. Maybe the best option will be to re-
The picture on the left was taken in 2014, the one on the right was October 2015