Christine Ryder: 'The Mules have scanned more than 200 per cent'


Happy New Year to one and all, I hope you had a good Christmas. I talked to a chap the other day who said ‘We had my Dad for Christmas’, so I replied: “That’s a bit random. We had a turkey.”


It has been an incredibly dry winter so far compared to last year and luckily we did not get the freezing fog which affected so many last week. We have had frosty nights and beautiful sunny days.


The cows are still thriving on the moor but next week we will bring them down and wean the calves. We are also hoping to tie the gates up well this year and not chance the calves being back up in the granary.


We scanned the first batches of ewes last week. The Mules scanned at more than 200 per cent and the first Swaledale sheep in-lamb to the Bluefaced Leicesters scanned at 195 per cent, but there were too many triplets.


The last lambs are now inside for fattening and the biggest job seems to be keeping their feet right. Footbathing seems to be a regular job. Prices are still fairly static at the moment but once they are fat they have to go. Feeding them concentrates is certainly taking money off the top line.


The last guests of 2016 checked out on December 27, having been here over Christmas. Though they were not here for Christmas Day food, all the family were, along with friends on other evenings, so it was quite a cook-athon.


It is lovely to have a couple of weeks off to get my decorating done before the next guests arrive, so there will be no rest before the Addington Fund Big Breakfast. I am not sure if the decorating is more for the bed and breakfast or for all the guests for the charity event.


Tickets are selling amazingly well but I am thinking a second press release will be inevitable for a final push. I have already got some amazingly generous sponsorship; people can be so incredibly kind.


Now Christmas and New Year are out of the way I can begin to target more Yorkshire food producers. Then I need to get the garden sorted in case anyone looks out, get wall planters filled and the yard pressure washed.


A charity event is a huge amount of hard work but we really do get some tidying up jobs done. I might even get the blind in the bathroom fitted. We have only been waiting a year.


  • Christine’s ‘Big Breakfast’, in aid of the Addington Fund, will take place on January 24, 25 and 26, with two sittings a day from 10am to noon and 1-3pm.
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