Langley Rounds – August 2014

I guess the title sums up my blogging prowess as no output for 5 months! However the warm Summer has restored my flagging spirits after the awful wet winter, in summary – from Bog to Dustbowl may have been a better title.

What have i achieved in the past 5 months after my ambitious set of objectives outlined in March.

  1. New Chicken house nearly finished
  2. Duck House Completed and now have flock of 10 Aylesbury ducks with hopefully 10 more about to hatch.
  3. Back garden has changed with 100m of poultry netting.
  4. Best lambing season with two sets of twins – 7 lambs in total
  5. Pig pen, made to fit the horse box,  was galvanised and put to good use at Bath & West in June with another outing planned for the local Melplash show on 21/8/14.
  6. Chicken incubation cupboard completed and been in full production for past few months as expecting the 5th hatch in the next couple of days.
  7. Still wrestling with Accountz program but have upgraded to their new release with incorporates cloud backup. The best accounting news is Rebecca has just started accountancy training for a large Rural accounting firm based in Exeter.

It is now 29/8/14 and I still haven’t published this post so lets bang out a few more words and commit it to the world!

I definitely feel it has been a bit of a hamster wheel this summer with more effort than I am comfortable with. However I look back and see how much new development we have undertaken over the past 12 months and realise we still have some way to go before we can coast along just enjoying the animals. In fact it was the arrival of Lacey (Rebecca’s horse) in May last year that unleashed a whole raft of unexpected projects mainly relocating the sheep and installing a lot more fencing. We now have a new stable in the field for the sheep and hay storage with surrounding fencing that allows me to drive the sheep through a ‘race’ twice a day. Even with a small flock it is so important to be able to isolate a single animal for treatment or treat the whole flock one at a time. The race forces the sheep into a single line and you can observe each animal every day I can now shepherd my flock properly!


New field shelter for sheep with custom race

I am obviously still learning this word processor as I have spent the last 1/2 hour looking for the word-wrap command to format he text around the picture! Ah well it looks as if it is on all the time so I will move onto the next picture and leave a space here!







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