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A Chris and Marlene rush hour

What a week it's been at the farm this week and it's really exciting to be ending the week with lambs. It's really unusual to have lambs this time of year, but as you know our farm is full of surprises and on Friday Devon and Dorset arrived. I'd love to say that they arrived with no trouble at all, but unfortunately both lambs had their legs in the wrong position so Chris had to turn midwife to ensure they survived. Thankfully Chris is a fantastic midwife, well for sheep at least, and not only got both lambs delivered but he streamed it live as well. You can catch Devon's arrival on Twitter and Dorset on Facebook, the videos are a bit graphic but shows Chris' farming skills in action.

I was lucky enough to see our sheep Lowen (named by Judy) and meet her babies Devon and Dorset yesterday at less than 24 hours old when I went to help out at the farm for one of our Saturday tours. I've had the privilege of welcoming visitors to the farm before, but this was the first time I'd been a part of our official Saturday tours. Chris even let me lose on Facebook and YouTube live by myself for the first time too, thanks so much to everyone who watched and stuck with me, I had so much fun showing you around the farm both in person and online. I'll just need to get practicing my animal voices now for when Chris needs a break.

The highlight of my Saturday at the farm had to be our visitors arriving. Seeing everyone's faces when Bumblebee, Violet and Del and Rodney competed for their attention as they got out of the car was magic. It was the perfect reminder of what all of the hard work, especially for Chris and Helie, is all about. It also reminded me that it's not just Chris' videos, the chats Chris has with the animals, or the amazing bonds between our animals and the team who care for them that makes the farm magic, it's everyone that supports and watches too. Thank you all for your kind words and feedback, it means a lot and if you are lucky enough to join us at the farm, don't forget to share your photos with us too.

It's great to have visitors at the farm again, it's just a shame we can't have more of our supporters from across the world with us. We haven't forgotten everyone unable to travel to us though, so we'll be giving you a chance to join our visits virtually with our Saturday Street Festivals as and when the weather allows us. It was great to be celebrating a 30th Birthday for our first festival ( you can watch again on Facebook) and stand in for Caroline with some dancing, although I think it's fair to say our styles are very different. Thanks to Chris and Caroline for letting me attempt to fill in, hopefully I did ok and they'll let me back for some more tours.

Birthday celebrations with our visitors

While you haven't seen Caroline at the farm recently, she's still very much a part of the team. Unfortunately she's suffering with a back injury and needs plenty of rest to get better, so while we miss her it's really important that we let Caroline get back to full health. As and when she's better she'll of course be back at the farm to keep an eye on Chris, but until then she's still on hand to support us virtually and listen to Chris' crazy ideas. She's also working on some commissions which are incredible, if you'd like Caroline to paint one of your pets or maybe our farm animals don't forget to book early to avoid disappointment.

Chris might not have a dance partner as often for now, but he's been busy talking to our local radio station and getting help to get the farm work done. We've had Paul in with his farm machinery to get our straw bailed up ready to keep our animals warm and cosy through the winter. Luke and Sarah have been back in to help tidy up with the help of Ben too, it's looking so tidy by the rush hour door thanks to them. Hopefully we'll even have a new volunteer in soon to help with the animal care as well. While we know a lot of you would like to volunteer, these are still uncertain times, so to help us meet COVID guidance we're limiting numbers and only bringing in new team members where they have the essential skills we need. We'll be sure to let you know if we do need anymore help, but until then, don't forget you can still book for a Saturday tour.

There's of course plenty going on with our animals around all of the hard work too. The lovely Daisy is still in the barn enjoying banana treats and she's been making friends too with our rescue silkie chicken. Smile the baby runner duck isn't so much of a baby anymore and is happily running around the barn with his bantan friend. Trigger and Marlene have been touring the farm together and creating their own surprise rush hours. We also hope to have new lambs on the way any time now with Tiddler, fingers crossed for a day time arrival.

So that's it for another week, all that's left to say is thank you and this week I want to say a special thank you to both Cathy and Rosemary. Cathy has been incredible at supporting the team on live and through our wishlist and we can't thank her enough, I think of Cathy everytime I manage to keep my coffee warm at the farm and Casey adores his new farm jacket. While Rosemary has been supporting the farm from a little closer to home and joined us on our tour yesterday, I just want to thank her for all of the kindness she has shown our team.

Until next time, keep safe,

Kara, Casey and Teddy


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