It rained…again, which sounds like a blessing when you are made aware of the weather conditions around the country. England is even having an extended summer, usually Summer lasts all of 2 days with rain in between! Rain is however a mixed blessing here on the ranch, rain means that the grass has a longer growing season and the livestock are free to graze the pastures into late July before we have to start feeding hay from our reserve in the barn. Rain also means that our friendly farmer with the mower and baler can’t cut and bale the hay which we need to get into the barn ready for the Winter and we can’t get our woofer interns (aka great friends!!!) into the hay field to buck hay and build up their rapidly growing muscles.
Yesterday Holly arrived to join the team and hit the ground running. Holly arrived with enthusiasm..and a great big smile, we must have the ranch with THE biggest smiles in the Pacific North West..if not the USA and we are loving it! Holly has never worked with livestock..but within 10 minutes Lumpy Lady our Shire mare was at the end of a lead rope and lumbering down the road with our new guest. Holly was still smiling last night so a day on the ranch, with little Mica offering quality control (in the nicest possible way) to anyone and everyone who cares to heed her and Greg instructing her on the ranch policies didn't cause her to pack her bags and go home. From my vantage point in the bedroom “ (where I REALLY didn’t care to be ) I was able to see, (without the binoculars Tony) all the team looking like busy little ants working in the garden. Greg had the tractor, Quatre the clippers, trimming the grapes. Lesley, really dangerous with the power drill worked with Holly building a support frame for our Kiwi Fruit bush. Derek got down and pretty dirty with the rototiller and Mica took photographs, picked berries, gave a talk on the benefits (or not) of modern art and generally entertained the team.
The cuckoo clock has cuckood, it’s time for me to go and find Greg to download the pictures from yesterday, we have so many moms and mum J around the USA who look out for updates each day.
Take care, keep safe, M