It's been so busy this week supporting the farm and keeping my toddler entertained without our usual classes that I'm a bit delayed in writing this. But I didn't want to miss the chance to talk about one of the busiest days I've had at the farm in a while.
It feels really strange to say that it's busy at the farm with so many people at various stages of lockdown but life at the farm doesn't stop, our animals still need to be fed and cared for. Casey and I are doing what we can to support the farm work at this difficult time and reviewing things as we go along.
We were last helping with the farm work on Monday, and what a day it was, I was about ready for bed at dinner time. With so many baby animals, some new arrivals, fields drying up and a limited number of volunteers there's such a list of things to do.
Casey really loves farm life and is so good at getting stuck into the work, and I think he has a new favourite job at the farm. The chicken feeding might just be taking second place to feeding our new rescue rabbits and guinea pigs. I'm really not going to complain, any excuse to cuddle one of our four rescue guinea pigs is good with me.
As I mentioned, our fields are finally starting to dry out from a very wet winter where all of our animals had to be taken into the dry. But now the sun is shining and the grass is growing we really need to work on getting everyone outside, they not only enjoy it, it can decrease food costs too.
Our first animals to get out and have a good run around were Coco and Eli and Caroline and I were lucky enough to lead them out to their paddock for the first time on Monday. Considering they've been in their winter residence for five months they were really relaxed to begin with, we couldn't believe it. After a few minutes they realised they were free to run and it was worth waiting for, to see them run, jump and roll was fantastic, you really should watch the video if you get chance.
We've also got some great things to share with you coming up, so keep a look out on our social media for the story of Cuthbert, lots of baby animals and hopefully a bit of fun. If there's anything you'd like to know or see please do get in touch and don't forget we're still taking shout out requests.
Until next time.
Kara and Casey
We don't often bring domestic pets into our care at CaenhillCC, part of the reason for this is funding, it's important that all of our animals are well cared for. Though I suspect another reason behind this is to stop me from taking all of the animals home. I'm a real softie when it comes to animals and until recently I've always had pet, animals are just great company really aren't they.
Despite this, Chris was contacted in the week to see if we could take in some rabbits and guinea pigs in need of a new home and I'm so happy to say that on this occasion we were able to help. Like I said, that's not always the case but we do what we can to ensure animals are looked after. So earlier this week we welcomed four rabbits (two male and two female) and four female guinea pigs to the farm.
I think it's safe to say that I was more excited about the new arrivals than the rest of the team, I honestly couldn't wait to meet them all. But we're obviously limiting farm visits for now to help the team keep safe, so I waited for the weather to dry up, our student placements to stop and some work that we could help with. There's lots to do now we don't have our students so we're utilising a small team of volunteers.
I definitely love our new arrivals and we'll be sharing them with you through the wonderful world of social media over the coming days and weeks, I really hope you enjoy watching them as much as I do. Hopefully they will inspire Caroline for a painting or two as well, so keep a look out, and I'll be taking plenty of photos too.
Lastly, thank you for your wonderful name suggestions too, it was a difficult job to choose from so many suggestions but Marshmallow, Liquorice, Cinnamon and Butterscotch were selected by our guinea pigs and the rabbits have almost finished selecting their names too.
Kara and Casey