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Looking forward to the sunflowers being grown by Benedict

Another week has gone and it's been a really warm one here in Wiltshire, as some might say, it's just like summer. It's felt a bit like being on holiday for Casey and I, we've had our pool out, some walks in the sunshine and plenty of ice cream. While at the farm the animals have been enjoying the cooler parts of the day, the ponds and an outdoor shower set-up by Chris.

As you'd expect, it's been another busy week for Chris, Helie and Caroline with extra water rounds, giving Trigger some space to have a wallow and working on some wonderful ideas. Helie's been looking at some future planning for the project and funding. Caroline's been working on some more beautiful illustrations which we'll be using to bring some of Chris' farm stories to life. While Chris has been working on the Caenhill Countryside Centre YouTube channel and some amazing Wisit cards which he'll be introducing to you all soon, keep a look out. They've been a long time in the making, but between you and me, I think it's been worth the wait.

If you haven't checked out the YouTube channel yet, don't forget to head across. All of the live videos are available to watch again if you weren't able to join us. For Casey and I who have been missing the farm a huge amount, it's felt like we've been back at the farm sat with Chris and Caroline catching up thanks to their new chilled out approach. But if you're wanting something with a bit more energy, Chris streamed the rush hour live for the very first time today and there'll be some more rush hour lives coming soon. Don't forget to subscribe so you are the first to know when Chris is live.

Of course we had Cuthbert's Birthday on Tuesday this week and his Birthday party was live on YouTube too, with carrots, bunting and cake. He's now four years old and while he was still a bit lethargic to really enjoy his party to the maximum, he had a great time. He really loved all of your Birthday wishes, virtual carrots and donations, and special thanks go to 10 year old Archie who sent Cuthbert £10 from his pocket money especially for some Birthday carrots. That has to be one of the sweetest messages I've received for the team. Once Cuthbert's back to full health I'm sure we'll find another excuse for a party, but for now he's enjoying being taken care of by Chirs and discovering the best shady spots the farm has to offer.

Benedict the gardener

To give Cuthbert a bit of extra time off, Chris and Caroline are continuing to train some of our future farm stars. Chris has been teaching Benedict to help with the gardening, we've got lots of sunflower seeds planted now so he's got his work cut out for him. There are a few sunflowers starting to shoot up now, so he must be doing a good job so far. As if that's not enough to keep Benedict busy, he's been doing his daily exercise with Caroline, Giggle and Violet. I had no idea that running could be so cute, I've been watching their training when Casey's been having a grumpy day to make us both smile again. Violet has the sweetest running style.

There've been a few new babies at the farm this week too, so it's been a bit of a cute overload, but I'm certainly not complaining. Chris rescued a couple of baby hedgehogs on Wednesday who were really dehydrated in all of this warm weather. Thankfully he's been able to get them rehydrated and when they are big enough, and strong enough, we'll release them back into a safe spot around the farm. But, my favourite by far, has to be our latest kitten who Chris found wandering around the farm. Don't worry, her mum is there too and we've been giving the pair some extra food. The kitten is super friendly and I have to admit, I would love to bring her home and I've not even met her yet. It's just a big commitment to bring her back to a house with a demanding toddler, so I guess we'll see what the future holds. The latest kitten does finally have a name now though thanks to all of your suggestions, so I can now reveal that her name is Bea. It's mostly because it's one of the few names Casey can say, but it's a bit of a reference to Beatrix Potter and her animal stories.

But, before I go on too much, all that's really left to say is thank you to you all out there. We're so lucky that we've been able to make some lockdown Birthdays special, help families and friends connect and share the farm with you all. Though lockdown is starting to ease here, our journey with the farm on social media has really only just began, so we hope that you'll stick with us and share more of the farm and our stories with us over the coming weeks and months.

Until next time, keep safe.

Kara and Casey 


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