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Back working with Chris and Caroline

It's been another busy week for Chris, Helie and Caroline at the farm and I wanted to start this week's roundup a little differently and say how proud I am of them. For weeks they've been working harder than ever before looking after the animals, doing whatever farm work they can, fitting in more shoutouts than ever and working on some amazing ideas to help secure the future of the project, all with little support. They do all of this without complaint, even with the sleepless nights, the early mornings and the bad backs they remain full of positivity and I admire them all for their energy. The energy for the farm and the animals isn't just for the camera either, they really are passionate about the work at the farm and sharing it all with you. Myself and Casey couldn't be more proud to be a part of the team.

As part of the team, Casey and I have been spending some more time at the farm and we're still so happy to be back. Casey might be a bit tired at the moment, so a little more emotional than usual on our farm visits, but the chance for him to feed the chickens, ride in a wheelbarrow and have a tea break with family means so very much to us both. It also means that I can work with Chris, Caroline and Helie a little more easily on their ideas and I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again, the best really is yet to come. There's a lot of hard work ahead of us, but if we can make even some of our ideas become a reality, then we'll have created something we'll be proud of for years to come.

Of course the farm isn't the farm without the wonderful animals that you've all grown to love and we're always so thankful for the kindness you show them. Not only do we have the wonderful Patreons out there helping with the costs of animal care, but we have followers and companies who bring things or send things for our animals too. It always brings a smile to our faces when our animals receive post too, yes, they really do get parcels arrive for them. The lucky recipients this week were Coco and Eli who had a Jolly Ball arrive especially for them to play with. Sorry we didn't get them to open the parcel themselves, I have no idea how long it would have taken, but a really big thank you to whoever sent it. I'm really looking forward to Coco and Eli discovering all of the fun they can have throwing this around.

Chicken feeding with Casey

Another of our animals who not only gets carrots in the post, but emails as well, is Cuthbert. Thank you so much for all of your messages sending best wishes, we do try to keep you updated on Cuthbert where we can, but the main priority is giving him plenty of rest and vegetables. If you've missed the story on Cuthbert, he's been going through his moult and had a bit of a fight with another goose. He's been given an office space all to himself where he can relax and catch up on your emails and while we miss him at rush hour this really is the best thing for him.

While Cuthbert catches up on some admin, our other animals seem to be competing for the position of head gardener. Benedict the goose has a bit of competition from our emus and now Marlene the pig has been doing a bit of weeding herself too. All of the animals help to keep the weeds down in our garden is really well received while we don't have the teams of volunteers in, so we'll let the competition continue, especially while we await the rain at the farm to help our sunflowers grow. Unfortunately Casey and I have had far more rain at home than the team have had at the farm, so poor Benedict's sunflower seeds are being eaten by the crows. We'll remain hopeful that a few sunflowers will pop up soon.

The highlight for me from the farm this week has to be from Trigger though. For anyone who was watching the adventures of Trigger the pig on or live videos at the start of lockdown, you'll be pleased to know he finally made it out to the front of the rush hour door. It's only taken him three months to get there, but better late than never Trigger. He was back in the barn snoring away the last time I saw him, but it's just wonderful to see him enjoying the freedom of the farm while our team is limited.

Don't forget that if you want an extra dose of farm life you can catch Chris and Caroline over on the Caenhill Countryside Centre YouTube channel. They'll be bringing some more live videos to you and have some fantastic videos in progress which I can't wait to see. They will also continue to bring the rush hour live to you (don't worry, you can watch again later like I am at the moment) when the weather allows us. Thank you so much to our rush hour regulars for making it so much fun and bringing our CaenhillCC community feel to our mornings.

So there you have it, another week of magic at the farm.

Until next time, keep safe.

Kara and Casey 


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