Monday, 22 December 2008
The pace didn't let up on Sunday. After persuading everyone they really only wanted one slice of toast for breakfast, we were able to enjoy a family lunch at a local pub/restaurant.
And then they were gone. After an exchange of brightly wrapped parcels (and I'm still not convinced the right ones went in the right cars) it was back to the two of us.
Thursday, 18 December 2008
"Let the larder be well stuffed with provisions. Let the cellar be well stored with liquors, and let there be plenty of fuel to make roaring fires - for Christmas is come... there should not only be enough to eat, and enough to drink, but also enough to give away. When the heart rejoices in the hour of conviviality, it should be remembered, that thousands are oppressed with grief."
Friday, 12 December 2008
Meanwhile my Christmas preparations are going according to plan. The cake's made (but needs icing). The presents are all bought (but need wrapping). The cards are printed and envelopes written (but need signing). The tree is ordered (delivered this weekend). Grocery deliveries booked (pre Birthday and pre Christmas). Wine ordered and arrived. Large sack of bread flour ordered. Coke ordered (due today).
And the festivities have begun. Last week it was the North West Shorthorn Society Christmas Dinner, tonight I'm out on the town with friends from work and tomorrow we're out to dinner with a local Shoot.
Time for a rest and/or do some work.
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Saturday, 29 November 2008
Friday, 28 November 2008
On Monday (or was it Tuesday?) we had an Dairy Inspection. This is unannounced on behalf of the FSA. All was well, and it's reassuring to know that we're part of the link proving that British food is the safest there is. About the same time James' new shed arrived - made at a Cumbrian prison. So that was another job done this week - put in place, assembled and roofed. It's now up to James and Michelle to fill it.
We've also had the vet on his monthly routine visit. Of the 11 heifers he PD'd 10 are in calf.
We've had a meeting with the Accountant and it's good to know we're Doing Alright. Though we'll never be bothered by Gordon's tax on the Super Rich.
Most of the stock is inside now, so Doing Up takes longer, but in between Henry and James have sawed up a lot of wood to feed our Wood Burners. We aim to be really warm and snug this winter. Following on from adding extra insulation to the pantry roof, Henry has now crawled through the loft space above two bedrooms and the bathroom, with the Space Blanket in tow. We have to partly thank his age for this - as he's over 60 he qualifies for the Winter Fuel Allowance, so we've used it to buy 2 for 1 insulation from a nearby DIY store (where he get 10% Over 60's Discount). There's some advantages to being old.
Sunday, 23 November 2008
2. We kept the stove in all night
3. The mice are sneaking into the house
4. Porridge for breakfast
5. And of course snow!
And nothing to do with winter - but please spare a thought for the Shipleys. Elliot has just recovered from Chickenpox, and now it's Fletcher's turn.
Saturday, 22 November 2008
One of the advantages of working "funny shifts" (as my family think of them) is that once every six weeks I get the best shift of all, known to us at work as "your five days off". I usually have all sorts of plans of things to do, and this time the list is even longer as I must try to at least start to get Christmas organised. The five days off is of course followed by less family friendly weeks and 4 weeks today we're having a Bit Of A Do which also needs planning.
So I've started by writing a list.
Make the cake
Finish the Present shopping (amazingly I'm quite well on with this)
Make the Christmas cards
Make certificates for Shorthorn Herd Competition (yes, I know the results!)
Shop and cook for the long (5 day) weekend of working that follows the 5 days off
And the rest that I've forgotten
By I go back to work on Thursday I hope to have ticked off 4 things.
Monday, 17 November 2008
Those of you that know Strickley know that the pantry can be a cold draughty place. If you don't know Strickley, then don't be imagining a small cupboard with shelves. It's a room of about 5 x 4 metres, built onto the back of the house with original stone flags, stone walls and just to keep it really fresh - underfloor ventilation from the back wall to a grating under the central slate table. As we're at least a twentieth century family we do keep that covered up. Draughts can also sneak in through the roof, even though we have added some insulation, so when we were offered some left over rolls of the latest 8 inch recycled bottles we jumped at the chance. We couldn't do just one length, so taking advantaged of Henry's over-60-10%-discount-card we bought some more. Some jobs (like the insulating) get done almost at once, but some take a little longer. At some point (in the last twenty years) a hole has been knocked in the wall for washer inlet/outlet pipes, and when we moved the washer to the back kitchen we only roughly patched up the hole. Another opportunity for draughts. But no more - a few stones and a bucket of cement and we're snug and tight. It's not exactly tropical, and we'll never really prove that what we did made a difference, but maybe the wine in the racks will not be as chilled now.
So much for draughts; what of our plans? The pantry isn't the only cold room (in fact there's only two warm rooms - the kitchen - courtesy of the Aga and woodburning stove, and the room above - courtesy of the hot water tank). We've long had plans to change that, and hope to set them in place after Christmas. We're still not absolutely sure which route to follow; either another woodburner in the Sitting Room, or running some radiators off the one in the Kitchen. But by summer, we aim to be warm as toast.
Sunday, 9 November 2008
Yesterday was a bit of a social whirl for us. In the morning we nipped up the motorway to Cranstons at Penrith to stock up on meat, especially large joints of beef and Pork & Black Pudding sausages. We came back over Shap and stopped off for lunch on the way.It's much pleasanter driving on the A6 with no spray from wagons. It's hard to imagine now that this was the main route to Scotland until the M6 was built. I love coming back down towards Kendal and seeing the views change as the road descends. Yesterday was very foggy on the summit, but as we came down a small clear spot opened up and in the distance the sun was glinting on the sea in Morecambe Bay. If only I'd had my camera . . .
Later in the day Henry left James to finish of the milking while we went south down the motorway to a secret rendezvous in Cheshire. In 1967 I was one of a group of girls fresh from school, and living away from home for the first time, starting teacher training at Edge Hill in Ormskirk. And 41 years on a group of us are still in touch. This is of course a year of Significant Birthdays for most of us and two husbands had remarkably managed to arrange a surprise birthday party for Joan and Sue (I don't mean it is remarkable that they arranged it, but that they managed to keep it secret!). Amongst Sue and Joan's family and friends 9 still young girls from the Sixties held their own in an evening of eating, drinking, dancing (yes, even me) and most of all talking and reminiscing.
If only I'd had my camera I could have shared a photo of Clough's finest -
Joan, Sue, Helen, Celia, Brenda, Pat, Liz, Judith and Kathleen.
* One greyhound
Friday, 7 November 2008
By yesterday two of them had been on the road, so that escape hatch is now fixed. I hope they were just exploring the boundaries and weren't an advance party sent to reconnoitre the land beyond the hedge, while the main party were busing working on Tom, Dick or Harry
Sunday, 2 November 2008
The title "Fire and Rain" is not strictly accurate. It should probably read "No Rain" as we are still struggling with transmitting the rain readings from the weather station. Watch this space, but don't hold your breath.
And for more Fire and Rain - click here.
Thursday, 30 October 2008
And last night we brought home another bull - Dwersylt Lord Oxford 74th. He has several advantages
- no vets bills
- no expensive organic feed
- no special housing
- no six-day-rule
And the only real disadvantage
- needs occasional dusting.
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Despite installing a new Rain Gauge (which worked for a couple of days) we're once again showing dry weather at Strickley. Take my word for it - that's not the case. Thursday was the worst day for years. It took me longer than usual to get home from work as the road was flooded at the bottom of Bannerigg and the Police were directing cars through one at a time. But yesterday was worse and the floods came up sooner. One of the problems with heavy rain around the farm buildings is that it all runs down into the slurry pit and with the water from the heavens the pit was filling up alarmingly. There was much checking and diverting of drains and we didn't overflow. Today looks as though it's going to be better, but with the ground so waterlogged we're still on flood alert. Henry's about to go round the stock, if the becks have gone down enough to cross.
* there's even about 5-6 inches in our cellar. We're wise to it now and everthing is on shelves or in plastic boxes. The bottom layer of coke is underwater but eventually the water will retreat the way it came in. The floor of stone flags is laid on the earth and when the field behind can't take anymore the water rises. We thought we had sorted it when we dug out the patio behind the house, but the rain this year has been exceptional.
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
The main attractions of Brown Swiss are:
Longevity - reduces replacement costs.
Temperament - cows that are a pleasure to work with.
Calving Ease - reduces health problems associated with difficult births. Less Vets bills!
Legs & Feet - Good locomotion and strong, black feet, reduce the incidence of lameness.
Flatter Lactations - Cows hold more condition meaning less stress on udders and easier to get in calf.
Forage Capacity - aggressive feeders that do especially well on forage based systems.
Protein - Higher, naturally occurring, proteins.
Better General Health - Lower incidence of Mastitis. Milk Fever, Ketosis and displaced abomasums are rarities. Lower vet costs + lower replacement rates
These heifers, due to calve in April/May are from the Kedar Herd near Dumfries. They’re fully organic and we’re sure they will settle in well at Strickley. I’m not sure about the names though – they’re nothing like we’ve had before – definitely have a hint of foreign parts. I’m hoping to get some photographs soon (and they’re very photogenic).
Welcome to Kedar Alfi, Kedar Special Tinke 2nd, Kedar Jolt Terz and Kedar Beretta Her Linde.
Have you worked out what the Blog title says? "New Arrivals".
And what else is happening on this rare day? Slurry spreading of course. There's a bit of an agricultural whiff all around.
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Overall there were 3 EX's, 21 VG's and 27 GP's
Singling out a just a few -
Pansy - EX92 3e
Starlet 51 (by Winbrook Diamond) - EX90
Goldie 169 - VG87 (3yo)
Merrymaid 3 and Dairymaid 2 - VG88 (4yo)
Goldie 175 and Starlet 90 - VG86 (VG87 mamm) (2yo)
Apologies to James if I've misinterpreted what he told me! If you want more details, just get in touch.
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Yesterday was wet - very wet - and I'm sure there was more rain than last Saturday (which was a record day) but have no way of proving it.
Friday, 10 October 2008
We reckon there was well over half an inch on Tuesday, and if it carries on like this, there'll be more today.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Apparently it has poured down for hours at Strickley today (but what do I know in a nice dry office?) but hasn't been picked up by the Weather Station. Even pouring water from a jug into the measuring cup had no effect.
More investigation needed.
And not only but also - when Henry switched the tumble drier on today, a circuit in the house fused. The drier is quite old, but I hope has a few more years left in it.
More investigation needed.
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Saturday, 4 October 2008
Monday, 29 September 2008
Beyond the patio is The Paddock. This is actually the top portion of the field called The Paddock that is now fenced off from stock and has over the past few years been a tennis court (got the nets), croquet lawn (got the flamingoes and hedgehogs) and is now a playing field for grandchildren. We're lucky to have a ride on mower, but haven't been able to cut the grass for a couple of months. It was either too wet, or if it was fine and dry we were too busy cutting "real grass". But yesterday Henry got the mower out. It was a slow job as the "grass box" filled up frequently. He emptied each load into the digger bucket, and that in turn was emptied into the Feeder. This weighs and mixes the cows' feed, and by the end of the mowing marathon it held half a tonne of grass.
Monday, 22 September 2008
Lately Strickley stock has been moving away, some just up the road and some to the far South West.
We've sold heifer calves to Somerset and Bishop Aukland, bull calves to Ambleside and cows in milk to Whinfell.
But if you're after a bull, then get in touch with us - see our advert on the Shorthorn Society's website. As it says there -
"Young pedigree Dairy Shorthorn bulls for sale. Out of EX/VG high index dams. Ready for work, some with calves already on the ground. From Bluetongue clean area and 4yr TB testing area. Photos of bulls and dams available on request."
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Saturday, 20 September 2008
In a perfect world we would have finished second cut silage the beginning of August, but as we all know this year's weather has been anything but perfect. We have snatched the odd field of big bales, and at the end of August in a very small window of fine weather we got about 45 acres of mainly flat fields. Most of you will know that some of our fields are not flat, and even the smallest banking can become impossible to travel on when it's wet. And the ground has got wetter and wetter. We needed more than one fine day, not to dry the grass, but for the ground to dry out underneath. The weather forecasts have been rather vague, promising fine weather - but with the possibility of patchy rain in Cumbria (yes - but where and when!). But having checked the seaweed we got the mower out. James mowed as much as he could, but when the tractor started to slide away, our contractor came to help out with his bigger tractor.
There's a bit of a clue to the steepness in the field names - Front Bank, Back Bank, Strickley Hill, Brant (old word for steep). Photographs of most of our fields are on this page of our website.
Henry rowed up the grass to give the ground as much chance as possible to dry out, and last night we started picking up. One of the problems of silaging so late in the year is that it gets darker much sooner, and driving a tractor and trailer crossways across a steep bank in the dark is maybe not the wisest move. Today started off dull and overcast, but it seemed to be as good as it was going to get. And the sun came out and continued to shine so we were able to get 45 acres in the pit by milking.
So that's it for now. We may make a few more big bales, but at the moment it's sighs of relief all round. After milking Henry and James will work till dark tidying and rolling the pit, ready to sheet it up.
Friday, 12 September 2008
Up - fine weather - even sunny at times for Westmorland Show
Down - should we have stayed at home to mow?
Up - our cattle looked magnificent and were superbly handled (thank you Sean and Cerys).
Down - not quite magnificent enough to win Breed Championship (though we did get reserve)
Up - we won the Best Group of Three
Down - it's a very large rose bowl and the sideboard is full to bursting
Up - yesterday was Activation Day with BT Broadband - an end to our Internet troubles?
Down - not yet working, now no Internet!
Up - Friday morning - finally connected again. Internet and Email working OK.
Up/Down - who knows? Our Domain name is in the process of being transferred to BT, and when it arrives I can (hopefully) upload the Website.
And for those who like to know, here's how the Strickley stock did at the Show
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Now - there's only half of second cut left. There doesn't seem to be much of a break in the weather over the next few days. At least if it's raining we won't have to make A Difficult Decision on Thursday. It's Westmorland Show and I don't know which way we would turn if the weather was fit for silaging. As it is we'll be at the Show (which is guaranteed to be on despite any rain we've had or will get,) so if you're there come to the Cattle Lines to see one of the best displays of Dairy Shorthorns in the country.
Friday, 5 September 2008
Thursday, 4 September 2008
That's the plan anyway.
But just a word of warning - 11th September is Westmorland Show, so don't expect much to happen during the day.
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
Unbeknownst to me Farming Online stopped hosting member websites on Monday 1st September. So the Strickley site, including the weather page, is currently offline. I have started the process of moving to another ISP (requested a MAC) but I'm not sure how long will take or how simple it will be to upload the site to another host. (But as I work in the right department for unlimted IT help I'm reasonably confident!)
And the other news? Grayrigg (tomorrow) has just been cancelled. If you could see our weather page you'd know how much rain we've had lately.
And is this Good or Bad News? We get to keep the cups for another year - even the-great-big-over-the-top -for-a -small-show-one!
We've been happy with their service and would probably have stayed with them. Although I had started to look at other options after our broadband problems last week. But while I was chasing up the non-working of the Strickley site after their upgrade, I was told that they are stopping hosting members' sites from next Monday!
So it's time to jump ship. I think we will put all our eggs in one basket - broadband, website and domain. I will start to phone up today, but I don't expect it to be instant. So apologies in advance for any disruption in service. As I can update the Blog from any PC I can post updates of the progress
Monday, 1 September 2008
IMPORTANT The Farming Online website will have limited functionality while upgrade work is carried out.
Access will be limited to News, Weather key Prices. Full service will resume within 48hrs.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Having got the Broadband working again, and the Weather back to updating every 15 minutes, the Console that picks up the signals from the weather station seems to have had a funny few hours, hence a very flat graph until I realised that it might seem to be the same weather as usual, but there's usually a few peaks and troughs.
I think it's fixed, but I'm waiting to see what else will go wrong
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Friday, 29 August 2008
Thursday, 28 August 2008
I've been in daily contact with our ISP and BT (except over the Bank Holiday when everyone shut down except us) and have the possible promise of an engineer on site tomorrow. I will be at home for the next few days so there's also a possible threat that I will lock the door and not let the engineer escape until it is fixed. We thought at first it was the lightening that struck us down, but it has been suggested that the line was too fast for us (at 2 mb) and we were "on the limit". So while everyone gets upgraded to amazing speeds, we get downgraded to a lowly 512 kb. I'm tending to think that this is our ISP's last chance and I'm looking at other options.
And now the Good News (and proof that I'm getting older). Elliot started his new school today. In Leicestershire they move on at 10 (rather than 11). Victoria took his photograph first thing today (before he's played football in the playground or lost his tie). If you want to read Victoria's Blog, get in touch with her as it's by invitation only.
And next week Robert starts "proper school", having been to Pre-school - and Chris moves onto Pre School.
Fletcher is walking and Izzy almost riding a bike, so there's no stopping the younger generation.
And finally, I'm sorry for not replying to emails since 18th - I can read them online (courtesy of other people's computers) but I'm saving them up to reply when we get ourselves sorted.
Monday, 25 August 2008
On Friday we mowed about 47 acres - fields that weren't actually standing in water, and enough acres to get in one day. By 6.30 on Saturday it was all in the pit - and James had even had time to judge at the Wensleydale Show.
Not so good news - we had a puncture on the Manitou while rolling the pit (have you tried to get someone to come out on a Bank Holiday Sunday?)
Bad news - it's raining again!
Friday, 22 August 2008
Good News 2 - we're being refunded 3 months charges.
Good News 3 - we've started mowing again - this time for clamp silage
Bad News - none yet, but there will be if it rains before the grass is picked up.
And, many thanks to James & Michelle for letting me do these updates from their computer.
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
So no updates to the Weather or Emails (and I can't get on the Internet!)
I've a feeling we may be Broadbandless for sometime (and I'm not going to attempt to use dial-up) as problem seems to fall between two suppliers. So, anything urgent, please ring rather emailing. I can view emails online from another computer, but don't rely on my doing this very frequently.
And what's going to happen in the future? Maybe we should all our eggs in one basket, then if we drop them at least it's only one persons job to fix.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
So, if you're looking for the latest Strickley weather, I'm sorry, but it stopped uploading at 7.45 last night.
In the light of day it transpires that Wellbank's phones are also off, so we are in BT's hands. Further updates will follow.
Friday, 15 August 2008
Friday, 8 August 2008
Yesterday there was record rain in one hour - 0.827 inches at 16:48. The heavens opened and the rain came down, overflowing gutters and spoutings, washing all the gravel down the lane onto the road, putting 10 inches into the slurry pit and trapping cows across the beck.
If you click on this link you can see the graph. The red line is the rate of rain, and the steeper the steps, the faster the rain. I'm sure there was more really, and it bounced out of the measure. Today it's fine again, but no chance of cutting grass for silage as the forecast is not good.
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Born 12 years ago and in calf again she should know what to do. She'll be accompanied by Fillpail (only 8) and the youngsters Goldie 175, Goldie 173, Athena 3 and Annabella 140.
Look out for an update tomorrow night, though photographs may be a problem in the pouring rain.
Saturday, 2 August 2008
How about a farm holiday with views of stunning countryside and the gentle singing of the birds and mooing of the cows, and with sunshine guaranteed (OK I lied there)?
Last week we had friends caravanning in the Paddock, this week it's cousins tenting in the Paddock, and Victoria, Glenn and the boys in the house. Then later in the month more friends caravanning.
Note - only born and bred Strickley Robinsons and their friends need apply!
Sunday, 27 July 2008
Saturday, 26 July 2008
Other successes were -
Heifer in Milk - 1st Strickley Goldie 175 and 4th Strickley Goldie 173
Cow in Milk - 3rd Strickley Dairymaid 2
Group of 3 - 2nd
Reserve Champion Dairy Shorthorn - Strickley Goldie 175
Young calf - Strickley Annabella 140
Intermediate calf - Strickley Athena 3
Champion Calf - Strickley Athena 3
Friday, 25 July 2008
Thursday, 24 July 2008
Friday, 18 July 2008
MAIDEN HEIFER under 10months - 2nd- Strickley Annabella 140
MAIDEN HEIFER, 10-15 months - 1st - Strickley Athena 3
COW in calf - 2nd - Strickley Dainty Princess 3
HEIFER in milk - 1st - Strickley Goldie 175
COW in milk - 1st - Strickley Dairymaid 2
The Joseph Hutchinson Perpetual Trophy for the Best Dairy Shorthorn - Strickley Dairymaid 2
The Eaton Challenge Cup for the Reserve Champion Shorthorn - Strickley Goldie 175
Watch for for photographs as soon as it's possible
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
This morning James got a lift down to the Shorthorn Society (Stoneleigh) for a Council meeting. He will get back (we hope) late afternoon/early evening on Thursday. He’ll then do a quick turn round and load 5 cows and heifers into the trailer and take them down to the Royal Lancashire Show. Meanwhile Henry will have been busy getting the cows and all the show gear ready. James and the cows will be spending a peaceful night in the cattle tent at the show ready for final preparation and judging on Friday. It’s our first time at the Royal Lancs for a long time (maybe 20 years). We nearly made it last year, but the show was cancelled at the last minute because of the waterlogged site.
When James comes back on Friday night he has one more busy day getting ready for the next outing – the Wellbank family are going on holiday. I’m not sure it will be the most restful few days as they’re going in our caravan.
So for next few days I will be removing all the junk we’ve accumulated in there (to make way for toys and games) and trying to make it look a bit cleaner and brighter, then demonstrating the modern conveniences that weren’t there the last time James was in a caravan.
Then it’s Show Time again – Penrith on 26th July.
And in between all of this we may mow some grass and grab a few big bales.
Sunday, 13 July 2008
It's also given us a chance to test the new "Helipede Rotary Windrower" (aka the rowing-up machine). The photographs show how it unfolds from the travelling to working position. (These were taken in the Teapot Field as I'm rather like the cows when it come to walking up hills).
Friday, 11 July 2008
Sunday, 6 July 2008
Of course none of this was really real - but nearly real (courtesy of James' Wii)
Saturday, 5 July 2008
Organic meeting - went down very well with 15 farmers and vets
Business meeting - much discussion on grass seed mixtures
Pre-school trip - very much enjoyed by ten 4 year olds and two helpers. They all went away with individual photos sitting in a tractor
Computer Dept party - very good night. "Off road" tour of Strickley, then much food and drink outside in the cooling sun.
Pre-school party - postponed (very heavy rain forecast)
Teachers barbecue - still on - maybe in the barn
Have I missed anything out?
Thursday, 3 July 2008
Thursday 3rd July
09:00 - wagon of straw arriving (to be unloaded and stacked in the barn)
09:30 - meat to be collected from local farm shop
10:00 - check the weather forecast - expect the worst
10:00 - barn to be cleaned out and tables, chairs etc set out
11:00 - group of Organic Dairy Farmers arrive for Farm Walk and discussion with our vet
12:00 - check weather forecast - confirm the worst
12:05 - light barbecue in barn
12:30 - serve lunch to as yet unknown number of farmers
13:00 - meeting continues in barn
19:00 - prepare for monthly business/consultation meeting - have all facts and figures at my fingertips
19:15 - sit down to discuss how well/badly we are doing
21:30 - collapse in heap with a revitalising drink
Friday 4th July
Wake up feeling old - it's our youngest son's 30th birthday (Happy Birthday Rob)
09:00 - Old Hutton Pre-school arrive for a morning on a farm
On the hour - check forecast
All day - move barbecue, chairs and tables back onto patio. Prepare for Lakeland's Computer Room Annual Summer Party
19:30 - lounge around in the sun on the patio while idly sipping a cool refreshing drink and cooking and eating a wonderful array of food
Saturday 5th July
More forecast checking
Daytime - James and Michelle's Preschool barbecue
Evening - James and Michelle's school teachers barbecue
Sunday 6th July
Plan meals for the week ahead
Catch up on paperwork
Monday 7th July
Time to relax - back to work!
Saturday, 28 June 2008
But where are we going?
Award yourself 3 virtual points if you can guess from the first clue.
1 - the highest standing Roman wall is very near here
And 2 virtual points if you need another clue.
2 - it is on the estuary of three rivers.
And for only one point
3 - It is the only seaside town in the Lake District National Park
And for no points at all, it has a very small railway.
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
It can be difficult to judge your own stock, as it's possible to know too much about the animal and not judge purely on appearance on the day, but last night James got it right, and his assessment almost matched the judges, scoring a very high mark. Rightly or wrongly his entry was judged to be unfair, and he had to be content with being the Virtual Winner, while the real honours went to Shaun Dixon. James said that either Wendy got it right, or he knew what cows Wendy would like.
The next time the cows are lined up to be judged will be at the Royal Lancashire Show, and hopefully they will shine just as well.
Monday, 23 June 2008
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Well no, maybe not, but today there will be the most hours of sunshine till this time next year - over 15 hours. I hope wherever you are it is sunshine and not dull clouds or rain. Regular readers will know of course that because of Analemma it won't be the latest sunset until June 27th (so there's plenty more time to sit out in the evening sunshine).
Of course these times are GMT and for our Queensland readers it's the middle of winter!
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
I know you can't hang the washing out or sit out on a sunny patio, but -
1 - we can at last scrape the yard instead of just smearing the muck
2 - the dust and muck have been washed of the car and my kind husband has washed it (it's too high for me - that's my excuse)
3 - most importantly it's washed in the muck that we spread after silaging and the grass can start to grow again.
At the moment we've had 0.83 inches, so it may well be an inch by the end of the day - click on the Weather link on the left to see how dry it's been lately.
Monday, 16 June 2008
Saturday, 14 June 2008
Monday, 9 June 2008
If you want to see photographs of all the fields (not covered in muck!) then look at this link on the Strickley website. And many thanks to Jean for filling in the gaps for the missing images.
Sunday, 1 June 2008
Saturday, 31 May 2008
Friday afternoon - contractor starts picking up at one o'clock