It is the last day of March the clocks have gone forward an hour so everyone is grumpy, and the sun thankfully, is shinning to endeavour to conteract the disturbed sleep pattern. I am looking forward to tomorrow morning when I have to persuade Number 3 to get out of bed at what would have been 5.30am last week. I very much dislike this change of hour and am extremely happy that the European parliament has voted to stop this during 2021. I also sincerely hope that we get to stay with the winter time clock as it seems a better fit for my own body clock.
We will soon be starting our big lambing session so I guess I had better cut Gavins hair. Usually by the end of lambing he looks like a mad professor but on observation he is already at that stage so by the end of April it will be more like the wild man of Borneo! Seeing as a hat his favourite accessory I doubt anyone else has noticed though.
The month ahead is looking to be fairly crammed with activity as the orders are already coming in for Easter lamb. Patrick will be winging his way home at the begining of May and I have discovered that communicating over a 9 hour time zone does not allow for fluidity in keeping up with gossip so on his return home there will be a talking fest at our house I imagine. It looks like my big girl will not be able to come home until the summer holidays as she has too many exams to work for. On the up side of having so few children at home for the up and coming Easter holidays is that I will be able to eat a lot more chocolate eggs myself.
We finally got our 2 kittens sterilised at the vet and we now have a stable population of 8 cats. The 2 little ones, Ghost and Spectre, have settled back into shed life after their traumatic trip to the vet and are back to their safe no touchy distance of 2 meters. Between all 8 cats they manage to consume 3 lamb and 1 large pig fifth quarter every week. It is a good job we are butcher-farmers otherwise we could never afford to sustain them all.
The markets are busying up with the sunshine and people I have not seen for a couple of months are returning from sunnier climes in Spain, and I note bringing the Swallows with them. It was a very happy smiley market weekend. In fact on the whole the beginning of this year has been fairly up beat despite worldwide politics. I put it down to good food, good company, making the effort to get out and about and meet some new people and positive thinking.
See you all very 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