We are now well and truly into winter and the weather has been very unpredictable and rarely pleasant.
Heavy downpours had caused flooding recently and a couple of frosts this week have prompted me to get the biomass boiler checked and any leaks and problems sorted before frost damage catches us out.
Our thoughts must go to all the people who are still struggling with flooded houses, farms and businesses.
It must be frustrating that the logical courses of action to prevent this are not carried out due to environmental do-gooders and cost-cutting councils.
The tups are all out with the ewes, hopefully ensuring we have an adequate supply of 2020 lambs which will demand a fair price, whether or not we are still in Europe next year.
I try not to preach about politics, but as the election steamroller gathers pace, I find it hard to relate or find reassurance in anything being said by any party.
However, Labour’s free broadband for all and four-day working week are beyond insulting to anyone’s intelligence.
Sadly though, I fear this approach may activate a number of societies’ previous non-voters to engage.
On a lighter note, a few folks around here, in the more remote hills, have stated they would be welcoming of any broadband and are more than willing to pay for it.
The lamb trade has risen sharply in the last few weeks, which is a welcome boost.
We have a few hundred left, although most are eating hard food as the grass quality and quantity has dropped off sharply in recent weeks, while 350 breeding yearlings and ewe lambs have left for winter keep this week, creating space and resting the ground.
Last month made me feel old as our oldest son, 10, entered his first YFC junior reading competition, and won.
He has taken to YFC like a duck to water and is fully enthused by what he can do next to compete.
I find this a huge relief and am proudly looking forward to supporting him, while quietly envious of the great years he has to come in YFC and the many friends he will meet along his way.