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« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2014 11:02:17 AM »

I really admire what you are doing, it looks like a hell of a lot of work but seems worth it. I imagine everything is bursting with flavour.. unfortunately I live in the city, most of my veggies come from a supermarket, so I don't get anything near the produce that you do.
I've just enrolled on a wildlife & conservation course, I'll get taught all sorts.. everything regarding british wildlife/flowers, how to put fences up... apparently we get shown how to turn a sheep upside down and check their feet! I'm very much looking forward to the course and find this post very inspiring!
Maybe one day I will be able to live off the land, like you.... I would just be concerned about getting too attached to the animals!
Doing a great job, keep us posted!
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« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2014 11:54:25 AM »

Have fun!  Putting a sheep on it's hiney is tricky.  I wish I had a class in that before we got started!  If you want to impress your instructor, ask about the FAMACHA test for internal parasites.  It involves checking the color of their eyelid membranes and is easiest done while they're sitting down. 
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« Reply #22 on: June 23, 2014 10:00:24 AM »

I love checking out your blog MissingWillow and it makes me miss my goats.  Our hectic lifestyle just doesn't make time for dairy goat upkeep any more, but we still have our ponies and chickens. 

We're in the process of building on a 30 acre plot.  It's going to be a lot of work to get gardens established (with all the deer TALL fences will be necessary) and the property fenced.  However, it's GREAT work when it's all your own.
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« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2014 02:55:44 AM »

I've just enrolled on a wildlife & conservation course, I'll get taught all sorts.. everything regarding british wildlife/flowers, how to put fences up... apparently we get shown how to turn a sheep upside down and check their feet! I'm very much looking forward to the course and find this post very inspiring!

Oooh Chocolatebutton your course sounds very exciting!  Is it full or part-time?  I'm curious as I wonder if there is anything like this near me (I'm in the UK too).
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« Reply #24 on: June 24, 2014 03:54:39 AM »

UnRuli, I hope you'll post your garden progress here once you've got them started.   Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2014 02:04:02 PM »

Have fun!  Putting a sheep on it's hiney is tricky.  I wish I had a class in that before we got started!  If you want to impress your instructor, ask about the FAMACHA test for internal parasites.  It involves checking the color of their eyelid membranes and is easiest done while they're sitting down. 

It's funny because when they said they would teach us how to put a sheep on it's back, I thought it couldn't actually be that hard... but I suppose they are alive and they don't particularly want to be turned upside down. It should be interesting  Cheesy

I will definitely have a read up on FAMACHA, then casually bring it up in class as if it's nothing.. haha.. Thanks

Oooh Chocolatebutton your course sounds very exciting!  Is it full or part-time?  I'm curious as I wonder if there is anything like this near me (I'm in the UK too).

Hey Trekky, the course is full time but aimed at adults so it is only 3.5 days on campus. The college is in Winchester, I am actually moving from London to do the course as there is no where in London that has the course or facilities. I will PM you a link  Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2014 12:55:21 PM »

That is so awesome.  I grew up on a farm, but it was all veggie and we only had chickens once - my mother got tired of dealing with their upkeep as well as with us and the rest of the farm life and I think she gave them to the neighbours.  Your pictures and stories about it make me miss it - but boy, that is so much work!
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« Reply #27 on: June 29, 2014 03:10:23 PM »

A lovely story about my favourite farm, it really is a magical place!  I wish I had half the Missing Willow team's energy Grin
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« Reply #28 on: June 29, 2014 03:25:07 PM »

We're exhausted!   Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: July 01, 2014 04:21:43 AM »

I will post photos of the gardens when they're finally, in, but we'll have our hands full until then.  We still have the interiors of the barn and shop, all the fencing and a bunch of major projects that are necessary to complete before we can begin.  Still, I can hardly wait!!

Until then, here's the old garden..
My husband's version.  He thought it was sufficient, but it was ugly and there was no gate to get in.  He is tall enough to step over the fence.I was not:


He was gone for a weekend and I did this (with no help.in the rain).  This is what it looked like when I first finished.  The flower gardens have filled out and matured so it looks much nicer now.  We were also having a dry spell then..we certainly are not this year (this year it's more like we're living in the tropics!).  The fence posts still need to be trimmed yet:
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