Posie's Blog. Tales of island life on a hebridean hill farm

Posie's Blog. Tales of island life on a hebridean hill farm

Friday, 11 May 2007


I got taken on a tour of duty around the farm this morning, the happy farmer is heading off on the plane tonight with our daughter so I am going to be the farmer for the weekend, with my two little helpers of course, they can feed the chickens and the lambs, well that is the theory anyway. I will be in charge of feeding the pigs. I now know where the phrase ‘eating like a pig’ comes from, you should have heard the chomping, slurping and lip smacking sounds they were making this morning as they gorged their way through breakfast. I followed the happy farmer about his duties, but passed on the quad bike ride to check out the new Highland calf, that was born this morning. He always goes too fast on his quad bike for my liking and then he gets far too close to the cows, better to stay away and let the real farmer get on with it. He returned to report that not one but two of the heifers had calved. Clever old Pringle, the bull, who only met the ladies last summer, has obviously been working away, and the Highland cows are so good at getting on with calving themselves, so no problems all round. I am glad they got on with the births while the happy farmer was still around, I don’t know how good the happy potters are when it comes to calving, and I am afraid I will be keeping my distance, they might look cute and cuddly, but I am not a fan of getting too close to cows, I don’t even like going in a field with them, let alone the prospect of getting involved in calving. I wouldn’t know where to start. Years ago I did see a farmer try to calve a cow with rope and a winch type contraction, it looked pretty gruesome, and painful, but a day or so later and cow and calf were fine.

Our German guests came over to settle up today and presented us with beautiful knives made in their home town in Germany. Our Australian guests arrived with pens and fridge magnets for the children. We have been totally spoilt, and have met some lovely people along the way.

Happy farmer is away now with eldest daughter, just had the phone call to say she has forgot her PJs, book and so on, no worries on that score though, being her mother’s daughter she dragged her dad into a few shops at the airport to replace the necessaries, happily spending his money.

Back on the farm, I couldn’t count on my little helpers to feed the lambs, luckily I managed to copy the happy farmers technique of a bottle in each hand and one squeezed between the knees, the greedy lambs didn’t seem to mind, and went happily off to bed in their straw pen, so much for the idea of owning pets leading to children learning about responsibility then.

Until next time…..


Arthur Clewley said...

they are splendid creatures aren't they. A man over at Easby near here keeps highland cattle on a big field that slopes down to the river and they always look very much at home there, a happy family...

lixtroll said...

They are fantastic! Needless to say, we have quite a few around here, and they are the most placid and good-natured of all cattle.
No purple ones, though!
And ouch, that calving really does sound painful!

sally's chateau said...

What an amazing looking spot you live in, I love highland cows !

Withy Brook said...

Well done you feeding 3 hungry lambs at the same time! I too love Highland Cattle, there is something romantic about them and of course the fact that they keep their horns and look like proper cattle - not those nasty beige things! Have a happy, if hard working weekend

Inthemud said...

Hope all is going well with you in charge of the farm!!
Highland cattle look so cuddly, even if they have big horns.

Pondside said...

Just getting caught up on a Saturday morninn. What lovely photos you always have with your posts. The cattle look formidable and I wouldn't get too close to them either. It sounds as though you have everything under control. I hope all goes well during your tenure as Happy Farmer!

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Oh I hope all goes well. I really really love highland cows - there are quite a few around here as Lixtroll says - good grief she is getting in before me all the time at the moment - will go and clobber her with that damn bell again.