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Sheep and Pig Racing

Yes you did read it right, sheep and Pig racing – that’s what us country folk get up to at the weekend.  It was held today at Beechayes Farm, Churchinford, so of course we had to go along.

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A bit of madness but good fun.  There was a Tote and you could bet on the pigs and sheep just like you do horseracing.  The pigs were marked with different colours.  Their race was inside a barn and it was rather crowded so I struggled to get a good picture.

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Outside was the run for the sheep.  Firstly they had saddles with doll riders attached to the sheep.

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Then they were herded up to the top of the run and let go.  It was fairly slow at first, then the sheep got the hang of it and came charging down the run, over the little hurdles.

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At the end of the race the sheep got some feed as reward.

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The event was very well supported with lots of people in attendance.  Hot food was provided by the ladies of the Smeatharpe WI who always do a good job.  So a fun afternoon all round.

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Found in the border

When we were digging the stinging nettles out of the back border, Neil dug up a soft toy.  It was filty dirty and covered in moss and really I should have taken a photo there and then, but instead I brought it inside and put it in a bucket of soapy water.  I scrubbed it and soaked it and washed it and washed it until finally it was clean; gave it a spin in the tumble dryer and it came up quite good.  It had lost a bit of stuffing in the body but otherwise wasn’t it too bad a condition considering where it had been.  But now the mystery.  Who did it belong to? And what is it?  Is it a cow or a sheep?  What do you think? let me know

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Visit to Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Yesterday being a lovely sunny day, and even better than that it was my birthday, we decided to go out to lunch and we visited the modern new cafe at Ferne Animal Sanctuary.  Had yummy Thai fish cakes and then went for a wonder all round the grounds and looked at all the rescued animals.

They have a number of free range hens of all different breeds.

Ferne's free range hens

There were also some newly rescued ex battery hens which were still in a sorry state.  At least now they can scratch around in the open and in time their feathers will grow back.

An ex battery hen in a sad and sorry way

At Ferne there are a variety of animals and birds including some geese that have their own pond and enclosure…

Ferne's geese

and some goats that have a big field to roam around in……..

Ferne's goats

There are rescued cows and an odd mix of old sheep….

Ferne's sheep

And then there are horses, cats and dogs, bunnies, chipmunks, chinchillas, an avairy of birds and a few others too.  It’s a lovely spot with paths around the grounds and a great view…

view from Dragonfly pond

Ferne animal sanctuary do a great job taking in unwanted pets, and rehoming where possible, but where it isn’t possible they provide a permanent home.  All this is done with donations from the public, there is no charge to enter.  So before we left we made a contribution to all their good work.

Then it was back home to look after our B&B guests.  visit us at www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

 

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Signs of Spring arriving

We have been having a spell of warm weather in March and it really has started to feel like Spring is here.  The flowers are responding and we have many blooms in flower.  The bees have been out and flying gathering pollen.

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Our half moon baskets by the front door are full of flower now, including the little tete a tete daffodils.

half moon basket in flower

The bumble bees have particularly been keen on the crocus.

Purple crocus in flower

The rhubarb is showing through and all the little strawberry plants have new leaves.  There are buds on the fruit trees and shoots on the raspberry canes. Also we have sheep (but no lambs) in the field behind our garage so we wake up in the morning to the sound of baa baa!!

sheep in the field behind our garage

One of our hens, a Speckledy has gone broody on us. She just sits in the nest box all day long, and sits on the eggs the other hens lay.  I have taken to lifting her off every now and again, as I want to make sure she gets some food and water, but she just goes back there.  We don’t have anywhere to segregate her, so anybody got any ideas what to do with her?

Anyway the other hens are still laying so that is OK, we still have eggs for breakfast!!

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