Great big orange balls of goodness


On our pile of well rotted horse manure we have a number of giant plants growing… apart from the weeds that is.

One of them, at least, has given us these lovely pumpkins


This one, below, I have earmarked for my famous (amongst me at any rate) Pumpkin Three Pig Pottage – recipe next time.


and finally a gratuitous dog picture…


Woozle, ever alert for biscuits, coffee, marauding chickens and mad rabbits…


Vitamin D – Sunshine replacement therapy

Today has been the day of Vitamin D supplement for the Alpacas. This is a squirtable tube of sunshine delivered by a squirty gun very like the implements used for bathroom sealant and the like. Ironically the day has been, for the most part, sunny and warm. We also took the opportunity to remove the halters from Diego, Logun and Willow. The big male, Diego, made the most fuss, of course, and tried to land some green spit on us but I was ready for him so the fence got the full brunt. Afterwards they all had a snack as a bit of a reward or ‘thank you’ for not trampling us.

Willow and Logun, suspicious

Vitamin D helps Alpacas with the prevention of rickets and other bone problems that can occur in winter at our latitudes in the UK.

A blog of logs…

The river is free to flood further downstream now, the fence is back to keep curious alpacas away from a long drop and there is a big pile of large and interesting shaped logs awaiting transport to the large shed. The alpacas like the fact that the grass has been flattened in this corner of the field as it is one of there overnight areas, under the overhanging trees by the riverbank.

I am just hoping that the Environment  Agency has forgotten this big, green tractor… ‘cos I want’s one, Precious… Yessss.


Chirpie and Quackers are certainly impressed by it’s bigness and greenness.

It is going to be a warm and toasty winter…

Swift flows the river to the sea…

Day 2 of the River and the tree. The river is nearly clear and most of the trunk and branches of the tree are now in the field being cut up into manageable logs.

Also the sun is out today… which I am sure the Environment Agency is pleased about – especially the bloke I saw from the bridge taking, probably, a well earned piss in the river 🙂 I should have filmed it and plastered it all over Book of the Face but modesty forbade me…

Toodles, until later.


And a river runs through it

A posse of Environmental Agency workers, along with a beefy tractor and support vehicles,  arrived today to begin the task of getting about 8 tons of wood out of the river and up the bank. A fair amount of chinwaggery went on before the first cut was made (understandably – it looked, from the safety of the bridge, a fairly dangerous undertaking) and the first pieces of the black hearted trunk were hauled out.

Updates later…

That Calypso beat…

Today Calypso became the newest member of the River Field Herd. She is a beautiful black Alpaca. She was born at Mullacott Alpacas, on the north Devon coast, on 6th June 2015 making her  a year and a few months old. Though she has come from a large herd (40+) she seems to have settled in, straight out of the box, as it were.

Here are some initial pictures of her. The rest of the gang, especially Diego, were very interested in her.

The very nice and helpful people at Mullacott Alpacas can be found here:

Thievin’ Orange Tit

It has puzzled me for quite a while now (and you can now tell I ponder the great questions of the Universe) as to why this particular bird is described and named as a ‘redbreast’.

I was forced into re-pondering this question when, yesterday, I was digging a few spuds for supper when this little chap flew down from the hedge and got quite close, within 2 feet I should think. Hopped about a bit, snaffling a gourmet selection of flying and crawling insects, posed for some photographs then flew onto the fence and watched me for 5 minutes before flying off to it’s future…


Definitely an orange breast….


Yup – A Robin OrangeBreast

We have had a good first crop of potatoes though the weeds have taken their toll, as well as a dry year so far (comparatively and anecdotally). The nematodes seem to have kept pest damage down. There has been the odd French Bean (even the French call it a Rouge Gorge…) plant with Blackfly but they have been caught early and dealt with by hand. The beans have done very well as have the courgettes. We are growing some old varieties from France and I can say that the yellow ones are very tasty – not a word I have normally associated with supermarket varieties.

I shall ask Isabelle their names and post a list later.