Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Mothering Sunday

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Tonight our shed was the centre of attention!
It seemed like half of DC3 gathered to watch Mim give birth. After what seemed like a lot of discomfort all Sunday afternoon, Mim finally popped out a little boy at 9.00pm. 

Just when we thought all the excitement had died down, Mim sat herself down and popped out another one! 

This time it was a little girl.

We had discussed that if it was a boy we would fatten him up to eat but we are already so attached to him there's no way we could do it! He's quite a little character!

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Today we painted some of the 21 tyres we found around the land.  We are painting them all bright colours and then we'll plant them with flowers and vegetables

We also rotovated the vegetable patch which was really hard work because of all the bramble roots.

The goats arrive

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Today we collected the goats from a farm in Coney Weston. We have two adult goats, one called Miriam, who is pregnant, and one called Thyme, who has a four week old kid at foot. Jake has named the baby "Spice". Miriam (Mim for short) is due to give birth next week. She is very tame because she used to live on a farm belonging to a disabled learning centre. She's very affectionate and likes to have her chin stroked. Thyme and Spice are more nervous and not so used to being handled but hopefully they'll soon settle in and get used to us.

March 9th, 2009

Dave the carpenter fitted new doors for us on the building.

Thanks to Dave for all his hard work.

Roger, Mark and Pat worked up at the farm again today fixing the roof, removing the ivy and boarding up the windows ready for livestock. Eventually the goats and pigs will be housed in here. Here are the before and after pics...
March 5th, 2009

We put 18 Orpington chicken eggs into our incubator. The eggs are a mixed selection of pure bred colours but we won't know how many of each colour until they hatch. The incubation period is three weeks and if all goes well th
ey should hatch on Thursday, March 26th.
We chose Orpingtons because they are a pure breed and they have an abundance of feathers. They also taste good! They don't lay as many eggs as some of the hybrid breeds though and so we will also get some Black Rock chickens which lay up to 280 eggs in a year.

Roger, Mark and Pat worked up at the farm all day to put up the fence and fix the roof of the building. Thanks guys! Amazing job done.

Kick off

February 21st, 2009

35 volunteers from the Fire Academy programme in Gloucester and from DC3 came to help us get the farm project started.

By lunchtime the concrete driveway had been cleared, the vegetable patch dug over and the fenceline cleared of brambles and branches.

Many thanks to everyone involved. You all worked so hard and we really appreciate it.