Friday, 7 October 2016

October days and nights

We are enjoying such a fine spell of weather.  It is October, and it is warm, and it is so bright.  So wonderful after the mixed weather of last month.

Farmer even found himself swimming on Sunday morning down below the farmhouse.

A solitary Thrift flowering on October 3rd.  We also saw Devils bit scabious, Ragged robin and a daisy flowering on the same day.

Some wonderful sunrises.

Some wonderful night skies.

Some clear blue day skies.

Pahoehoe lava from a Mull Geology guided walk.  Fascinating!

Red Admiral enjoying the Hebe on 6th October.

A Silver Y moth doing the same on the same day.

More night skies and northern lights.

More wonderful rock.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The last of the lambs away

Real autumn weather at the moment. When the sun comes out the light is wonderful. It is not cold, but it is, at times, very very wet.

Farmer had booked a livestock trailer onto the ferry to take the last batch of lambs to Oban Market.  Tuesday 27th was the breeding sale, so the one we needed to get our ewe lambs to.

We keep about 160 ewe lambs to overwinter and use as future breeding ewes.   Last winter we overwintered them in the cattle shed.  This winter we think we may do half outside and half inside.  This will cut the cost down a bit but also gives them the opportunity to learn the different fields so that in future they are familiar with being in fields rather than on the hill.

Cheviots are getting noticeably higher prices in the market at the moment.  I am obviously writing this after the sale, so can tell you that these Cheviot lambs fetched over £20 more per head than the lovely Blackface lambs we sold the same day.   This year it seems Blackface are really not popular with the buyers.

Walter was on hand, and trigger ready, to help Farmer throughout the sorting out procedure.

Ever watching his Master.

A little damp as it had rained earlier, but overnight they would dry out in the cattle shed.

This handsome Massey Ferguson 240 is over the road at our neighbours.  I couldn't resist walking up to take a photograph on my way home one afternoon.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

What a day!

All in a day on Treshnish.  Today Tuesday 13th September.  Calm after a storm, and blissfully warm.  We walk up to Cruachan Treshnish, the air thick with bees, and occasional sky larks.  Red deer hinds and calves on the skyline.  Glistening sea and floating islands.   Refreshing cup of tea at Haunn with some guests, delicious chocolate brownies.  Home for a wonderful sunset.

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