Friday, 8 January 2021
As Normal as Possible
We are very lucky because our days are much the same as before Covid. We are very careful when we go shopping which is less than once a week except for a daily trip to the village stores for the paper and essential supplies such as milk.
Like everyone else we wear masks when we are near others and our spectacles get steamed up as soon as we enter the shop.
The hens are still in lock down because of avian flu but now have a secure run so that they can go out of the shelter once a day to enable me to muck out properly and thus help prevent health problems. Nick says that they are looking very good and healthy and they are certainly laying well. Ted, my trusty farm dog, is very good at rounding them up when it is time for them to return to their cell. He even manages to get to the back of the straw bales which are stored inside the run under a tarpaulin and where they love to hide and peck at the seeds.
Freddie and Inchic - our only remaining male alpacas were living in the bottom field but it made it difficult for Mike or Nick to top the field when the grass was too long and every time we wanted to go through the gate they seemed to be at the entrance looking for the opportunity to exit.
We decided that it would be more sensible to use the paddock at the back of the farmhouse - making it easier to keep an eye on them and also saving a lot of walking. Mike and Nick made a fence out of hurdles and there is still room for all my dog agility equipment so I can train Ted - although who knows when dog shows will be back on the menu.