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

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

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Farmyard antics...

It has reached that lovely time of year when the days seem endless, you go to bed in broad daylight and get woken by the sun’s rays, to broad daylight.

I got woken this morning by the Black Labrador from down the road, yodelling outside my window. I looked out to see what all the commotion was about. The lab was announcing his presence to Spog, the tabby cat, who took not the slightest bit of notice, as he lay sprawled out on the bench in the sunshine, waiting for ‘opening’ hours at the farmhouse.
This whole episode warned me then that Ruby is in season. The lab was up for a social call, but when Ruby was refusing to entertain, well she would have, but the fencing around her kennel prevented anything further than some serious flirting, he took to yodelling outside my window, and although broad daylight, it was actually 4.00am.
Charlie hen arrived a little later on with her new family. She has been patiently sitting on her nest for weeks now, barely venturing off it, but this morning, eggs hatched, she was at the front door, proud as punch. The happy farmer fed the brood and then scooped them up into a safe box in the shed, away from the cats, dogs and other predators that may be lurking.
The farm is positively buzzing in the sunshine. We have a scout troop camping in the field, French guests camping at the pottery and the bed and breakfast suite and cottages are full. It is whisky festival time on the island. The happy farmer is positively beaming with all of the socializing he has to do, out of duty you understand.

Polo Bear, the pet lamb, has been joined by Sugar Lump the Second, both are now thriving. Although Polo Bear did have a touch of joint illness so has been on a course of daily injections administered by the happy farmer as he does his rounds, in between his whisky duties.
Muffin, the cheeky pony, is in barracks with a mild touch of laminitis, usually if he sees the happy farmer coming anywhere near, he happily gives him the fingers, or should I say hoof, as he gallops off in the opposite direction. This week however he is the happy farmer’s best friend, obligingly lifting his hooves to be picked out; butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth.

Eldest is home for the summer, and has landed a dream job at Bruichladdich distillery doing distillery tours and whisky tasting sessions, she is in her element and the job comes with good perks too.

The pottery has been filled with visitors from all around the globe, and my days have been spent having some weird and wonderful discussions, in between being an octopus, serving sandwiches and cakes, selling pottery and taking pottery painting classes.

It is very hectic, very entertaining and very rewarding.

Until next time….


Elizabethd said...

Oh Posie, it sounds idyllic. I'd love to visit again.

bayou said...

Must be really a hard life for the farmer on his whisky duties, lol. And having a yodelling dog - ours barks in French but he cannot yodel. Poor pony with laminitis, hope it heals off soon. I can see the pony giving the finger to the farmer. Wonderful, Posie! One day we must see you in form of the octopus. Amazing, that you found the time to blog, thank you. And how many chicks? Congratulations to Charlie, well done!

jane said...

Hello Posie - lovely blog as always - pretty little chicks - love your animal stories - you must be so busy with your visitors and pottery classes - Best Wishes Jane

Paula lalaboo said...

It sounds very busy round your way. But at least the whisky is helping! lol.

I can't imagine going to bed in bright sunshine it must be hard to switch off?

Hope you all remain busy love hearing about your life it sounds hard work but very rewarding.

P x

Frances said...

Posie, what a busy life you are leading under all that sunlight. Did you actually say it's bright at 4 am?

I truly enjoyed all your reporting, and photographs. Thank you so very much for taking time to fit in a post!

Best wishes to a very talented octopus. xo

Maggie Christie said...

How do you find the time to blog? Such fun to read about though, so I'm glad you did. I bet the yodelling 4am dog wasn't half as funny at the time, but I had a giggle reading about him.

Molly Golver said...

Posie, it's all about new life springing up everywhere. You sound hectically busy. PS your pottery is gorgeous

Pondside said...

It was lovely to see your name pop up on my sidebar, Posie. Life is certainly busy on your island and it sounds like the summer is shaping up to be a good one. I would love to visit over your way!

Posie said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments, the octopus :)

Rob-bear said...

Wow! Is your life ever full of things exciting! Sounds idyllic around the farm, with the happy Farmer being truly happy, while you work your sox off (so to speak).

I hope your island life is as delightful as ever thought the summer months.

Blessings and Bear hugs!
Bears Noting
Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

Posie said...

Bear, lovely to hear from you.Yes ut is veey full on at this time of year, but luckily the happy farmer is incredibly hands on with a real team effort all round, just he is exceptionally good at enjoying his work ;).

Cathy at Potterjotter said...

You all sound busy and happy up there; even a bit merry, in the case of the HF! Fantastic pottery too! Gorgeous colours in there! xCathy

Posie said...

Thanks Cathy, I love all the vibrant colours in the landscape here so try to translate that into the pottery, that is the sea breeze range.

driftwood said...

oh what a lot of lovely things. the pottery is just gorgeous x