If I'm honest, the beginning of this last fortnight came with sadness for our team after learning of another loss, someone who is very much in our hearts. While we could have stopped some of our work to process the news, if there's anything we've learnt recently, it's that finding a reason to smile in the day can make such a difference. At the farm we're all so very lucky that through the work we do, we've been able to share smiles across the world. Through others' good times and the not so good times, we've been there sharing our magical farm and offering a small escape from reality. For new life, loss, Birthdays, anniversaries and time apart, we've been in your homes through the power of social media. So, instead of stopping, we've continued the work we do and the sharing of smiles in memory of those we've been lucky enough to know.
Outside of the work you've grown to know online, the magical side that has given our animals fans, and Chris and Caroline a stage for their crazy dancing, it's an extremely busy time of year. This means that when it comes to the core farm work, there really is no time to stop. We're speeding through summer with still more fences to put up, fix and check to keep our animals safe in the fields. We've got areas we really want to try and develop before winter sneaks up on us, such as our rest areas and forest school. We still need support to get our hay barn full again ready for another winter. Then there's the main barn that needs fully clearing and cleaning before it's full of animals again when the weather turns.
As if they weren't busy enough, Chris, Helie, Caroline and Claire work on all of these jobs as and when they can alongside the daily work you see. It really is a wonder how Chris doesn't sleep more at night. As amazing as they are to fit all of this in, they really are on the lookout for some skilled volunteers. So, if you're able to get to the farm, have some time to help and know a thing or two about fences or how to build a really good wall, please get in touch. All of our volunteering and visits need to be planned so that we're mindful of those already booked on site, especially our young or vulnerable placements, but there are plenty of chances to get involved if we're expecting you.
If you want to catch up with the team, they're looking at more ways of connecting with you too. Chris and Caroline have started with the occasional video out and about in our local areas, so keep a check on their social media channels for those. Plus they visited the Frome Market last Sunday to meet more of you in the local area and sell some of Caroline's beautiful artwork from the farm and more. Thank you to everyone who came across to say hello and make sure they felt welcome. If that's not enough, they are planning a social in Devizes on 11 September to raise funds to support the farm through winter. If you'd like more details please get in touch.
When it comes to our animals, well, it's busy times with them as well. We have our three new geese still being hand reared by Chris and Caroline. They are growing super quick so I'm sure it won't be long until Tickle, Grin and Chuckle are running out of the rush hour door with our rescue duckling Turbo. Our gaggle of geese has really grown this year and while Apple might now be our noisiest goose, Wiggle seems to fancy himself (we suspect Wiggle is male) as leader of the pack. Only time will tell if Wiggle knocks Gilbert off of the top spot, but he's going to be a big character around the farm either way.
We have our other new additions as well. There are of course the barn owls who have been named Serius, Vesper and Nova. Caroline has been working hard with Chris on settling them in. Plus we have a new pig as, two weeks ago, we welcomed Horace. Unfortunately his owners were no longer able to keep him due to downsizing, but were keen to find him a good home. Thankfully we've been able to welcome him to the farm and though he's still getting used to his new surroundings, he's already fruit and veg kindly donated by local supermarkets and suppliers.
I think it's probably time to try and dry out Farmer Casey's coat from a very soggy farm visit yesterday. We popped in while I was in the area for my second vaccine, Casey said I was very brave. So, we'll leave you there. I'll be back soon to tell you more about all of our summer activities, and hopefully the sun will return for them this week. It's been far too wet and there's been a lot of work to get drains unblocked and phones working for live sessions. It's going to be a busy few weeks ahead, but as always, we're looking forward to everything to come and we're so happy that although we started the fortnight on a sad note, we ended it with our creative team all back together again for the first time in a while. Let's hope there's more fun times together on the way.
Until next time keep safe.
Kara, Casey and Teddy