As always the first job this morning was to go across and check the sheep. On entering the field I noticed straight away that there was something going down because one of the ewes was right over at the other end of the field on her own. Sheep very rarely venture off by themselves so when you see one away from the rest it’s a good sign something needs checking out so I went off to investigate. As I got closer I could see that she had a couple of lambs with her and this was the reason for her being away by herself. They hadn’t been born long but seemed to be doing okay, both were up and trying to suckle which is the main thing with lambs. That first drop of milk sets them up for life.
For the most part the rest of the day has been spent planting five of the new trees. It may not seem like I have been very productive taking all day to plant five trees but I like to do them well as they are going to be there for a long time. I also had to go and get some stakes for them. I was hoping to get away without staking them but in the end I decided it wasn’t worth omitting. So we got them in, staked, mulched and tidied up around them so that’s another job taken care of.
On leaving tonight I actually felt quite pleased with the way things are at the moment. I never allow myself to feel contented with the way things are, I like to look for the faults but tonight I couldn’t help feeling pleased when I stopped for a minute to look around. The only real blot on the landscape are the darn Chafer grubs which I can’t do much about until May at the earliest.