Friday, 30 March 2007

Hwyad Eto

Sorry, was distracted momentarily by the lamb, but I did remember that I promised a duck movie the other day, so here it is:

And the latest lamb update is that it is doing well. I had a bit of a scare this morning when I went up to check though because I had to get quite close before I could see the lamb -- the ewe has made a little nest for it to protect it from the wind and cold -- we had ANOTHER frost last night...

Thursday, 29 March 2007

Oen Bach

At the end of the first day, the little lamb seems to be doing well! It is so small -- look at that little black smudge next to the ewe!


We have our first lamb at long last!!! According to Bridget who (unsuccessfully) tried to calm me down a bit over the phone, the lamb was probably born within the last hour -- which means in the middle of a hailstorm, because that's what the weather was doing an hour ago -- but it seems well. It is up on it's feet and trying to feed! Yay! More news and better photos later... It is SO small -- like the size of one of the little black kittens...

Monday, 26 March 2007


Bridget and her husband Jon and her brother Nick and his girlfriend Christine gave us the most wonderful present yesterday -- duckies! They are a boy and a girl, and we have named them Dai and Del Duck... :) Thank you thank you thank you! I was going to make a movie of them but then the batteries in the camera died so they are in the re-charger now and I will film the cute little ones tomorrow...

In other news, things are continuing to grow. Remember when I potted two cuttings from the rose that was growing over the shed? Well, it turns out that one of them is really a bramble! Doh! I must be the only person in Wales growing a bramble in a pot in the greenhouse...

The actual rose, on the other hand, is continuing to flourish. I find it really incredible that we have got all this lush green growth off this gnarled old stem...

These are some cabbage seedlings:

This is the rhubarb which is doing incredibly well:

But still no lambs yet. Everybody else has some -- where are ours???!

Sunday, 18 March 2007

Dwy Flynedd

Today is two years to the day since we traded this:

For this:

I am immensely happy that we came here, and I would like to thank all the wonderful people we have met in Wales who have welcomed us and taught us things and became our friends.

Friday, 16 March 2007

Newyddion Sied

Starting to look like a shed now! Sorry about the "atmospherics" -- it was very foggy this morning!

Sunday, 11 March 2007


I think that spring is finally here now! Things are starting to happen... The shed is coming along slowly:

The sheep are well -- hopefully we will start seeing some lambs next week!

The pond is full of mating frogs, frog spawn, and baby tadpoles -- so cute!

Flowers are starting to bloom, so there is colour in the landscape again...

The lettuce are now ready to eat -- in fact, I have eaten some since I took this photo and it is so nice to have fresh greens again -- I am really sick of parsnips! :)

The rhubarb is coming along nicely:

The rose that I dug up from the old shed has put on a TON of new growth so I think I should have no problem getting it to grow over the new shed once we've finished building it.

Big Boy is improving nicely -- the other day I took him outside and let him stand in the sun for a while.

I have started transplanting the cauliflowers to the raised bed outside:

And the hens are now giving us an average of about chwe wy (six eggs) a day - yum!

Monday, 5 March 2007

Variegated Vinca

Further update to my previous post: Janet's brother confirms that it is a variegated form of Vinca, commonly known as periwinkle -- so there you have it! He also says it's very easy to grow -- my specimen is currently growing out of a stone wall! :)