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Chris with a new bantam chick, still eggs being laid.

I do wonder if I'll ever get to my weekly CaenhillCC blog and say it's been a quiet week. Sometimes I think it might even happen, but this week is certainly not the week as we've been busy settling into our new normal and preparing for everything ahead.

If you're wondering what our new normal is, well, to start with it's a lot of live feeds. Chris is live every day, except Mondays, with the live rush hour over on the CaenhillCC YouTube channel. Plus he's enjoying our new 6pm (GMT) live slot over on Facebook every day except Mondays and Fridays. Both live feeds are subject to weather conditions and general work at the farm, but Chris loves sharing the start and end of our animals day with you and the little community we're building online around this.

Of course we still have our Friday shows at 7pm if you're wanting to see something a little different from the farm and the chance to meet some of our followers/ online volunteers. This week we were joined again by Sarah in Minnesota and had a first appearance for Niko in Germany, they were brilliant. Meeting some of our followers that chat along on the live feeds really is a highlight for me, so a huge thank you to everyone who's joined so far, I hope we can welcome you back. In between the chat about the farm and meeting some of you, we'll be bringing exclusive videos to our Friday night feeds as well, starting with an unusual sight with Margot the goat on the next show, I can't wait to see what she's been up to.

I've not been able to join the Friday night lives previously with Farmer Casey going to bed and insisting I'm next to him until he falls asleep, so normally I'm in the comments when I can and catching up again later. Though this week I'm really happy to say I was able to join live on camera for the first time, thanks to Chris and Caroline for having me, and Sarah and Niko for making it so much fun. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they'll have me back again soon.

Going back to the new normal, over in the UK we're still in lockdown, so that means we still have no placements in, no children visiting and limited volunteers in. It's a difficult time of year to have less hands available to help with so many animals being inside, so it does mean that the farm work is busy. The good news is we are heading out of lockdown next week, though restrictions across most of the UK will be tough still, so it looks like farm activity will be limited until at least after Christmas. We do miss a lot of our placements, but our main priority is keeping everyone safe and well.

Chris and Caroline celebrated Thanksgiving and Giggle's first egg

While everyone is keeping safe at home, we'll be using the quiet farm to bring some more fun to you. Our main plan is to create a farm pantomime, featuring you if you'd like to be involved (I'll be letting you know exactly how you can appear soon), some of the team including our volunteers, and our animals of course. Work will be starting to create a stage very soon and Chris will no doubt be getting some interesting costumes.

If you can't wait until after Christmas for our pantomime, you can still get involved by joining us live, especially because there will be some competitions coming to win our calendars. There's still a little time to get your own calendar or merchandise by Christmas, though you'll have to be quick. Plus we're starting to put our Christmas shoutout videos together, so don't forget to request yours before our availability fills up.

As always, our animals have been pretty busy too, and the biggest news of this week is that Giggle is a girl. We might still be unsure of some of our animals, but Giggle let us know she was a girl on Thanksgiving by laying her very first egg. Congratulations Caroline on your baby girl. Caroline has Giggle's first egg and hopefully there will be more to come, but for now I'm super impressed with Giggle's timing, even though it probably is a bit cold to be laying eggs.

Our pooh mountain is still just as popular with our ducks for foraging and they were super excited that our volunteer John moved some of the pooh this week with one of his own machines. Thanks John. While you think the ducks would want to keep out of the way, they were lined up ready to forage in some news areas, and Casey was just as excited too, but because of the machinery rather than pooh foraging thankfully.

It's not just pooh moving around, we've moved a few of our animals over the last week too. As well as needing space to create a stage for our panto, we need to make everyone easy to reach for food and water, especially as it's getting colder. To help things out Coco and Eli have a fantastic new space, our rescue animal area has improved access, but still Trigger and Marlene snuggle themselves up in the straw outside.

I think that's almost it for now, so until next week I'll leave you with my favourite video of my little farmer doing his duties to help around the farm and say a little thank you. This week I'd like to say thank you to our volunteers Amelia and Claire. I've not managed to meet them due to the restrictions at the moment, but every week I see the fantastic work they've been doing in looking after our animals and keeping our project going. With their knowledge and skills they've become really valued members of the team who I hope I'll get to meet before too long. 

Until next time, keep safe,

Kara, Casey and Teddy

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