Please do feel free to browse through our blog to get a feel for our first year or two here in Pembrokeshire.  For the current comings and goings, you will find regular updates on our Facebook Page

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Diary of a Smallholder - aged 54 & 3/4

7am Woken up by birdsong - I really should change that alarm on the iPad (other tablet devices are available), as when I snooze the alarm, all I hear is birdsong outside. 7:09 - see above. Move one leg out from under the duvet. 7:18 - cancel alarm and sit up. It's ... not raining! Classes as a beautiful day in recent weeks, as we have seen rather a lot of the wet stuff. 7:20 Release the Hounds - Tallie (big, grey, slightly wolf hound like), Dexter (Collie), Fred (German Shepherd) & Reggie (Miniature Schnauzer - not entirely sure how that happened) set off on security patrol. Tell Dexter (the clever one) to let me know if there are any animals loose out there. 7:21 Sky looking lot more grey t

Pembrokeshire Musings - 5 months in

So, what have we learnt in the first five months? Dave loves the gadgets, and the bigger the gadget the better! Smallholding is a fantastic excuse for buying big gadgets! Tractors work better with four wheels on the ground. The Pembrokeshire Promise. The Gregorian Calendar has passed Pembrokeshire by. If you ask local workies to commit to a date you will be given (as a minimum) three reasons why they cannot provide a date, and leave you with a vague assurance. Workies also never say no to a job, but do take all Yes responses as tentative (a Pembrokeshire Promise) By definition, as you have no start date, be wary of making plans based on another job being completed. Workies must be continua

Fondling Bollocks

I'm still not entirely sure whether we have learnt a new technique, or been subjected to a very goaty wheeze! Meg and Damo invited us over to Moat Goats today as they were vaccinating and tagging a number of their herd, and offered us the opportunity to get some training and practice. Thanks so much to both of you for trusting two novices, as we have learnt far more in our few hours with you than any amount of reading has taught us. And on to the blog title!  They have a young buck, Emperor, for sale.  If all goes well for us at the weekend, and we come back with does from our trip to Devon, our remaining need will be a buck. We were told to look at the general condition of the goat, check f

Exciting Times!

Suddenly the pace has gathered somewhat and the diary is busy for the next few days! The Plan: Today: Take delivery of our quad bike & trailer. We are also expecting delivery of some fencing materials with which we will build three chicken enclosures within one of our new paddocks in The Uplands. Our 'egg' hens need to move to fresh ground from the orchard and we also want to buy some 'chunky chickens' for eating. Tomorrow: All being well we are off to see our new friends at Moat Goats who are very kindly going to teach us how to vaccinate. We are also going to take a look at a billy they have for sale. We have also been promised (please don't let that be the Pembrokeshire Promise) that the

Education, Education, Education

Yesterday we were very lucky to pay a visit to Meg and Damian at Moat Goats. This lovely young couple took time out from their own crazy busy lives to give us rookies the benefit of their experience. We learnt so much in the space of a few hours, every nugget invaluable... though I may come to regret the quad bike dealer recommendation - yeah - thanks for putting that in Dave's head Damian! Such a brilliant afternoon topped off with the treat of cuddling this precious little bundle - thanks guys!

Two More Mouths to Feed

But this time they should feed us back! Introducing Thelma & Louise, our 8-week old Oxford Sandy & Black x Berkshire piglets. Thelma has more white on face and ears. We carried them up to their paddock (probably the last time we will be able to do that!) and they are happily exploring their new home.

Piggy Arc de Triomphe

Fresh from this morning's successful mission to get a water supply to the 4 new paddocks in The Uplands, we were on a bit of a bacon roll (apologies if I ham this up a bit!) We bought a pig ark a number of weeks ago, the component parts of which have been residing in the garage. Being too big to fit in the tractor bucket it was a bit of a swine to carry them up to the big field, but we put our snouts to the grindstone and once transported to the chosen paddock, the actual construction was a piece of porcine. We just need to take up the butler's sink that we found at the back of the barn, which will serve as a water trough, and we will be piggy ready! It's been a busy day - I'm off to soak my

The Uplands

Day 2 of the fencing work on the small field in our 'high lands' was greeted with much better weather than Day 1, and (miraculously) the workies arrived first thing to complete the job. Bolstered by a fresh batch of Welsh Cakes, the work on dividing the field into four paddocks was completed by lunchtime. A couple of pigs is the intention for one paddock, and we will rotate them round the field as and when a paddock gets demolished by said piggies. We are still working on plans for the other areas, but thoughts are to further divide the biggest paddock into chicken pens. We need to move the egg-laying hens into one of these, and intend getting some 'chunky chickens' (meat birds) which we wi

Alien Abductions

Getting workies round here to turn up and quote for fencing work takes patience and perseverance. But that is nothing compared to the fortitude required when waiting for said workies to actually turn up and do the erecting. It has taken us at least 3 months to get something done. The first chap, we can only assume, has been abducted by aliens, and we were beginning to think the second had suffered the same fate, until a surprise call yesterday announcing they were to be here in the morning. They duly turned up, got stuck in the mud, and used a combination of tractors to get everything up to the top field. And then stopped for breakfast! A batch of Welsh Cakes helped to get them moving, an

Shabby Chic

More shabby than chic but today we recycled old fence posts and corrugated sheeting to make a rain shelter for the hens - it can get wet in Pembrokeshire!

It's a good sign!

We are spreading the word with our logo - it has now reached the end of our lane!

The Badlands Trilogy Part Deux

"You learn from your mistakes" Dave was all for dumping the strimmed and dug up brambles onto the existing mountain in the yard, I knew better - create a new pile and burn it. Armed with our new flame gun, the pile set light very quickly, flooded the valley with smoke and caused an anxious few minutes when we realised that there was a gas canister still attached to the caravan. Nervous jokes were bandied about fire engines storming up our lane closely followed by irate neighbours. We stopped laughing when we heard a car driving up the track.. I hid behind a wall. It was the local window cleaner touting for business. Happily the gas canister did not explode, the coastal breeze dispersed the s

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