We deliver fresh free-range eggs to the Grindleford area every Thursday evening for £2.30 per box of six — other times by arrangement. Just drop an email to email@example.com and we will add you to the round.
Summer may finally be here. That comes after a very cold April and an extremely wet May.
Through all that we've managed to keep the hens, bees and sheep healthy and they should all be ready for the fat of the land over the next few months (fingers crossed).
Over the winter we have made progress on a few projects. Some new gates are installed, the henhouses are on new pasture and our new hedge appears to have taken well.
As you probably all realise, it has been a cold and snowy winter so far. We've been trying to keep the sheep well fed while keeping an eye on the hens and the beehives.
We did have a couple of hives blow over in the gusty winds around Christmas. But fortunately we spotted this quickly. This winter, we had left all our hives strapped together. So even though the hives toppled, the bees were stirred up a bit, rather than exposed to the winter cold.
After re-righting the hives the bees seemed fine. And we managed the jobs sting-free — cold winter bees are relatively docile.
A hive check in the past fortnight revealed we had lost one of our weaker hives over the cold spell. We'll confirm exactly why later on, when we clean up and disassemble the hive.
Our Dorper lambs are growing well. We are now registered as a breeder with the breed society. The ram lambs, including 'Rocklands Horace' stood on the rock here, will be moving on to other flocks. 'Rocklands Hippolyte', pictured at the foot of the rock, will be staying with us as we build up the flock.