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Our Chtty Farmer, Chris, with the next farmer in training

We're back to Sunday again already and at the farm, well, the team really deserves a break. While Casey and I have been going through the difficulties of being apart for the first time with him starting some preschool, the team has been welcoming more young people back to the farm. We've all had a lot of changes to work through, but I'm sure they'll all be worth it.

The biggest change this week at the farm was the return of the Dotty Club on Wednesday evenings. This is a chance for young people of the age of eight and upward to spend time at the farm, meet and feed the animals and work on areas of the project with us. After seeing pictures of all of the happy faces of our returning children, it's certainly fair to say they were all a lot happier about being back at the farm than Casey was about preschool. They've all been waiting such a long time for their return though, but it was lovely to hear they've been watching along with you all at home and know all of our new animals as well as those they'd already met.

After only one week back, the club is already fully subscribed, apologies to those living close wanting to sign children up. There is some good news however, as the Dotty Club is now making an appearance online as well. We'll be bringing special content to our Dotty Club channels especially for young people of all ages. We'll be watching our mascots Apple and Banana the goslings grow along with Wiggle the gosling and Taz the emu, as well as getting you joining in with some of the farm activities. It's all a work in progress at the moment, so I'm sure we'll bring you more on this and be sharing information on exactly how to find the club through our social media feeds over the coming weeks.

We're honestly so excited to be expanding on our Dotty Club while working on our Duke of Edinburgh Award sessions. It's all a lot of hard work, especially while we establish group support and exactly what everyone will be working on, but it's exactly what our project is all about, helping young people.

I certainly feel very lucky that my Farmer Casey has been able to grow with the farm as well while I've been supporting the team. Although he's a lot younger than our farm clubs can cater for, to see him watch the videos online with nothing but smiles and interacting with the animals at the farm like they are his friends just shows the magic CaenhillCC holds. There was certainly an extra bit of magic this week as well, when Casey and Taz were reunited as we finally got to the farm again and Taz has had a bit of a break from extra filming. If only we lived closer.

Casey learning from his Grampy at the farm

I know a lot of you have been missing Taz, just like Casey did, but you'll see our growing emu starting to appear a little more over the coming weeks. We've been working on some exclusive content with Taz which is why all things baby emu have been a little quiet, but once we create an area for Taz to run around without us having to chase after, there will be some extra content again. It's amazing how fast Taz has become and Chris will need an extra pair of eyes to keep track of him before long.

If you can't wait to see more of Taz, don't forget that our Patreons get exclusive content from the farm regularly and our little emu has already appeared in a video for them this week. We never quite know what we'll be sharing next on our Patreon site, just because every day at the farm is different, but it's always loads of fun.

Of course I can't finish my blog without a little roundup of our animals, the stars who help bring our project to life alongside Chris. We've had Apple and Banana the goslings arrive this week and they will be mascots for our Dotty Club as I already mentioned. They hatched from eggs in our incubator last weekend and came from another farm so they don't have a mum at the project other than Chris. It's important to bring new genes into our flock from time to time and thankfully Chris is an amazing mummy goose to help in this process happen. Chris is also acting mum to our not so little WIggle the gosling who's starting to find their feet out in the barn alone, taking big steps just like best friend Casey. All while Chris is still feeding Ruby the orphan lamb, topping up Alfred and Mickey the kid goats feed, plus feeding Keith the lamb who seems more interested in Marlene, our pig, these days. There are still more lambs popping up in our fields too, as if Chris didn't have enough to do, all while Coco and Eli hope the frost is over so they can enjoy their paddock more.

That's nearly all for this week, but before I go I just want to say thank you to our volunteer team Rosemary, Nicky and Chloe who came in to support the project. While we predominantly need a certain skill set from our volunteers for day to day help, we occasionally have slots when we can welcome additional volunteers to help on projects around the farm. This week we had support with feeding, painting and animal housing from our additional volunteer support, hopefully they all slept well after a long day at the farm and took away some amazing memories with them. It was really lovely to see them all getting stuck in to the work, especially because we really do have so much to do at the moment.

Until next time keep safe.

Kara, Casey and Teddy 


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