Tuesday, 2 January 2007

Wet and Wild!

What an end to the year, wet and wild, no not another instalment from America but the weather. It was a strange year with 693mm of rain. Monthly variances ranged from 6.6mm (Jan) and 118mm (May and most of that came in 4 days!) The total was about average but the variation in monthly totals was bizzar! The wettest year since 1990 was in 2000 with 873mm and the driest was in 1996 when 458mm fell, so we were about average in 2006.

These are some of the lambs being fed outdoors between Christmas and New Year, just after a very wet night! They are not happy but putting down some straw put a spring back in their steps. The turnips are running out and as a result we have taken 350 lambs to rear indoors on purchased feed, to ease the pressure of the home grown forage. They should start to be ready to sell from early January onwards.

It's time for a New Years Resolution I guess and it would have to be to remain calm whilst talking to the DEFRA helpline (LOL), about, well anything really! Those of you who have experienced this phenomena will know that the chances of keeping this resolution are, to say the least slim and....I know it's not the person on the end of the telephone's fault, and I know the help books are written backwards, inside out and cross referenced beyond belief, and I also know that the computer always says NO! But lets be optimistic at least until the end of the month!

1 comment:

Adam Stanford said...

Hello Jake, Happy New Year. Great to see your blog, I saw a sign about it on the hill and an article in the paper too. Anyway, I am thinking that I would like to get more involved with activities on Bredon Hill in 2007. So I would really appreciate some information about volunteer/paid work, perhaps to do with dry stone walling, conservation or even lambing. I have also done some fantastic photos on and around the estate with my Aerial-Cam, - is there a way we can show these on your blog? Cheers Adam Stanford (Eckington)