Disaster struck last night as the only bit of sunshine in my life during winter ended until next year. "What is she talking," about I hear you say, as most avid weather watchers have looked at the forecast and discovered that there is a high probability of sunshine up till the end of the weekend. Well "Death in Paradise" finished, admittedly not the most sunny title but as it is set in the Carribean I can always dream, and I do love a good murder mystery.
Here is the view from our front door to show you our muddy watery field with the sun shinning up above at last. The final count for rainfall was 330mm for Jan/Feb 2014. The rainfall for the somerset levels Dec/Jan however is 450mm with another 200mm estimated for February (met office information not available yet for Feb 2014) so we should be thankful that the jet stream did not slip further south than it was.
The question now is what to make for the Friday market at Riberac? Will people be wanting to risk the first barbecue of the year? Or are we stiil in the casserole and shepherds pie season?
We have about 52 lambs on the ground to our first time ewes which is keeping Gavin fairly busy and up at all hours checking and topping up the slow starters with a bottle.
All the modifications to the shed this year, done to accommodate the entire flock under cover, are finally finished. Spot the naughty goat.
But, I hear you say, the sun is out now so why aren't the sheep? And my reply is that the ground is so wet and will be for some time so they will do too much damge to the fields and lose too much weight trying to plod through the bog every day grazing.
The children are back at school after a wet and windy half term.
Now I have finished this blog I am going to go into the sunshine and absorb some vitamin D whilst trying to tidy the mud patch we call a garden.
See you soon.
I am farming sheep and goats on the Dordogne/Gironde border with my husband and our 3 children. We have an on farm butchery and sell our meat direct to the public via the markets and delivery points in our local area