Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Smallholding got a bit out of hand, our randy boar got all our sausage pigs pregnant and we ended up with 7 litters of piglets, all of which are cute but all of which grow huge and cost a packet to feed. Feed prices went mental, costing some 20% more than at the start of the year. We lost Hazel, or rather we wished we had but she limped on and then after a proper mechanic looked at her and declared her inoperable we had a huge stroke of luck and found a bank account with money in and bought Miranda.
Animals came and went, we said goodbye to Hetty and Kobe, Kobe was helped into the world by yours truly, a vet and two rather startled builders who thought they had just come to install windows and found they had to help pull a calf out its mother. Not wanting to eat such a precious calf we gave her to someone who isn't so squeamish and as of yesterday Kobe and Hetty are still causing merry hell on another smallholding. We lost Pip and Montana, much loved K9's but gained Bear and Missy, and just before Christmas two more joined us, Elf and Minnie.
Most of the pork has gone but we still have more than I can eat in one year in various pens across the smallholding, these are to be thinned out in the new year to more manageable numbers but Pam has dropped two more into the straw store just for laughs. Projects have been completed (nearly) like the aviary, the new fireplace, little ts room, the garden and the first Berner treasure hunt was a great success raising a lot of dosh for charity.
Horses have been trained to carry us around, bikes have been repaired, and broken again.
Red Kite continues to fly high and we have big plans to roll out in 2013 regarding our fostering agency.
In all its been a great year, the weather has been wetter than we would have wanted, but into every life a little rain shall fall. Just because its a months worth every day for days on end is no reason to whinge. Much.
Life at Rock HQ is full of joy, little t brings most of it, the animals, family and friends bring the rest. A huge thank you to everyone who has in any way supported us over the last 12 months, to those who kindly donated to our charity fund raising, others who bought the critters food by donating though the paypal button, pig club fans and everyone who takes time to read and comment on the daily ramblings contained in these pages, we appreciate your kindness, thoughts and comments. We hope that 2013 is everything you want it to be and look forward to sharing our year with you.
Happy New Year!
Posted by Tony at 00:19