Thursday, 15 May 2014

Meet Charlie

Charlie is a BIG goat (far left in this picture).  Very big and incredibly strong.  

He has a lovely nature but has a particular dislike of having his hooves trimmed.  And you can see in this picture Charlie, has no horns.  Oh dear, nothing to hold onto when attempting a pedicure.

The first time we ever attempted this Mike ended up with bruised ribs.  We’ve always since got the farrier, a man mountain, to trim Charlie when he’s in to do the horses.

But the farriers not due for a while, Charlie was limping so it was down to us this morning.  Needless to say, Denise ended up on the floor somehow trapped underneath Charlie!  We did manage to trim all 4 hooves, Charlie wandered off none the worse and we staggered off, battered and bruised, but pleased the job was done.
Bless him.

Monday, 10 March 2014

has Spring sprung?

Crocus & BumbleBee

We’ve just had a lovely Spring weekend down her in West Wales, the warmest of the year by far.

The first Celandines are now in flower around the edges of our fields, primroses by the house will be full flower tomorrow.

A bumblebee flew lazily by on Saturday (and then back again on Sunday) and for the first time this year we had bats back flying around the yard Sunday evening.

Our ‘senior’ horse Jeremy went out without his coat on and all the goats were enjoying lying around in the sun in the yard.

We’ll stay away from mentioning the rugby on Sunday – apart from that all seems well here, and we will hope it is with you too.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Taking advantage !

some of our rescue goats
Before our working day animals need to be fed; but today Mike got called away to take a phone call - so our cheeky Goats took advantage of a bale of Hay

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Sun's out

and sky is blue - so what better way to spend the day but enjoying the outdoors ! - some of our goats

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Not far from us here

Following the recent storms -
Curtsey from
seems no-one was immune to the damage caused.

Click here to read about how this nesting pair will have to have their nesting site rebuilt

we are very lucky

We love living in the countryside of Ceredigion and being close to nature – very close sometimes!

Last night going into the office to make a last check of the emails, we found a rather lovely Newt wandering around quite happily.  We put him/her outside, showed him/her the direction to the nearest pond and sent him/her on her way.

We’ve had bats in the house (found one asleep in the clothes peg bag once), every Summer we have Swallows coming in and flying round the office.  We had a Sparrowhawk in one of our warehouses once, and frogs will often hop by.
All rather splendid we think.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

A new day; different weather!

After the extreme weather of yesterday, all is calm and beautiful today in West Wales.

Blue sky and sunshine, a light dusting of snow is still lying, the air is full of birdsong and there’s not a breath of wind. 

All the animals are out enjoying life, and all seems well.

It’s not going to last though – heavy rain is due for tomorrow and so we should enjoy today while we can.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Signs of Spring ?

First SnowDrops

After the storm comes the calm (or until this afternoon when the next of the gales blows in.)

Putting the bunnies in their outside runs this morning I was delighted to see the first snow drops of the year had just emerged.  And, then noticed that there were new shoots on the honeysuckle by the office door!

So, despite the terrible weather, Spring it seems, is on the way.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Our barn full of animals = lovely

Tara & Nyma

It’s blowing a gale here today, as it is elsewhere in the country.  Lovely to see all of the outside animals in the barn together – sheep, goats, Aunt Dotty the cow and the horses.

Particularly nice to see the 2 new ponies Tara and Nyma – who came to us from the Vegan run Happy Endings Sanctuary earlier this year and who were very scardy girls – joining in.

They had spent a lifetime living outside and being neglected and are now enjoying some of the luxuries in life they never had before Happy Endings saved them.