Never in 32 years of living here has this farm seen grass cut for silage in May, writes Christine Ryder.
It has been a revelation. The seeds we put in at the end of last summer have grown well and, with a settled forecast, we cut it last Thursday, tedded it out and baled it on Friday night.
It was soon stacked up and finished. It might be a while before the meadows are ready to cut, but at least it is a start.
The last few stragglers finished lambing about 10 days ago. When it goes on like this we just keep everything crossed that all is well, as the other pet lambs are all weaned now and on pellets and hay.
The thought of starting again with just the odd one is just not funny.
Last weekend, I offered to help Kevin and James Wilson show their sheep at Otley Show as they had three breeds all at the same time.
It is donkey’s years since I have stood in a line with Dalesbred sheep and they had a hogg which went on to be the breed champion.
I would love to say it was the handling but I think, in all honesty, it was more the exceptional sheep.
They also went on to have champion Bluefaced Leicester and then overall reserve inter-breed champion with it. A fantastic day for them.
This week, we had our Farm Assured British Beef and Lamb inspection. Every year there seems to be a bit more to do, but all in all, I think it is worth it.
While we are trying to persuade the public to buy British and shop local it is important we can prove excellent standards. Thankfully, we passed the test and the lady went away happy.
The B&B had been busy and going well until last Friday. Guests had checked out and on going into the room I discovered someone had wet the bed.
I tried to ring them but they didn’t answer so I sent a text. He replied to say it was him and that he had told me this would happen when he booked. Now, I am pretty sure I would have remembered that.
I have since discovered through the power of Farm Stay networking that he has done this at four B&Bs in the area and allegedly said the same thing. While it is very sad if he has a problem, he could have taken some preventative measures.
The biggest insult was the wet pants still steaming in the bin for me to remove. Sorry if you are eating your breakfast.