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17th June 2015

It really can get very busy, when you really do not expect it. Well this week has seen the team marching onwards as everyone does their best to get the farm running and keep running.

Some great contacts this week with Jamie and his farm project and the Eco projects at Create in Bristol. It was so encouraging to talk to both projects, talk about our different but similar projects and part company as friends to see and contact soon. The team on Tuesday set about the work near the stable and wondered what the buzzing sound was? Only a swarm of bees in the tree. A group of ladies all suited up and a hardy guy with a saw at the ready to help. It all went well. Next day though was not so good, perhaps it was the breakfast menu but the seemed to want to leave again.

A great team in who worked away on the small pond area for the tiny ducks, some painting then some thistle and nettle cutting. Need to get things going now for the Business Games day ­ lots of teams beginning to come along.

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14th June 2015

Another week goes sailing by and we see the grass growing, the elderflower out in bloom and the hedgerows full of life.

The farm has been busy as usual and we are still tackling the strong winds. The sun came out to tease us into warm summer days ahead.

2 new ducklings appeared this week, and the mother occasionally lets us see them. She guards them well.

A great team came in this week from AMC to help us with some of the farm work. What a team! Painting done until the pots were dry, soil moved out of the pond area, the barn

cleared out, and Tracey just bleated away in the background!

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6th June 2015

Wow, what a week for the start of summer ­ in like a roaring lion! It is improving now though.

The farm has been very busy all week. Rescuing plants, a poorly lamb, and more, and here we are still smiling.

It was good to welcome a team from Arval this week. Plenty for them to do and we hope they enjoyed their time.

Sheep shearing this week as the weather warms up. Those ‘woolly jumpers’ are just a little too much now. A first time for Dot, Minty, Spot, Polly, Tweedle dum and Tweedle dee ­ hard to work out who is who now. It all looks like an instant diet ­ they all look so sleek and fit.

The Aylesbury ducks went out to the small pond this week. Turbo joined them too. They just loved their new pond and the greenery. A really happy bunch.

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1st June 2015

It is now summer, a full moon to be seen by all tomorrow ­ but the day was very challenging with stormier conditions as the day progressed.It has all started rather disappointingly but promises to get better.

We have a group coming in this week who are keen to share the farm experience with us all.

Summer activities beckon ­ sheep shearing, hay making, even the hint of strawberries coming through. The bee swarm from the weekend seem to be settled into the hive rather quietly, Maybe they are exhausted, maybe they find it a bit too cold at the moment.

The members met together on Friday and discussed the work to keep the project moving through the rest of the year. Some great ideas and some helpful and useful people.

Off we all go, now let’s have the summer sun to help us through!

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Blogging is back :)

So.... first time blogging on the new site and I timed out and lost my post. Let's start again.

It's been a good year now since I started volunteering at Caenhill Countryside Centre. The blog posts and daily photographs might have eased off over the last couple of months, but I've still been taking photographs every week and will soon be making a shortlist of images to pass to Chris for the 2016 calendar. I've no idea how that came around so fast! June 12th will see the anniversary of when I first picked up a DSLR at the farm, and wow has that changed my life. I'm partway through a university foundation course in photography (learning how little I really know) and am on the cusp of an embarrassingly soft launch of my own business (ditto).

In a year it's hard to know which has changed more - my own life and passions, or the CCC that provided me with such wonderful opportunities. I'm photographing and writing about creatures, plants and structures that just weren't here 12 months ago. First generation turkeys are sitting on the second generation, pigs are starting to get frisky, Billy's getting very possessive over anything that's female and feathered, and my husband now measures all other eggs against the gold standard of CCC eggs. We have honey from Caenhill bees on our toast, and B got to help with planting potatoes. I got to photograph a team of amazing soldiers from the British Army who volunteered via Help for Heroes, what an absolute honour.

It's impossible to list out all the improvements that have been made and they all deserve far more words than I have here, so I think I'll run a series of blog posts now that I'm back in the saddle.

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2 May 2015

It really has been a busy week as we saw out April. Now into May and things look even  busier. All good though.
Today, the sheep were given fresh pasture so a little more food for them. They all seem very  happy with the move.
The weather certainly has not come along to the fact that we are facing the Summer season  very soon  just a little cold and fresh. Not good for the bees, the blossom and the delicate
plants. It will get better soon we hope. A new month brings new challenges but we can safely say that the team here at Caenhill CC
is up for it and ready to begin. The coming weeks we have several groups coming along to share their time and support the
project as we support them to achieve some new skills.

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25th April

Here we are towards the end of another month, how time flies. How the weather and the farm has picked up too.

This week has seen a lively session just about every day as everyone works towards sorting and feeding and making good use of themed areas.

The sheep had their first treatment here yesterday. A great team supported the process rounding up sheep, sorting them all out, attending to all the lambs and finding out that we have the same number of ewe lambs as we do ram lambs! Who’d have thought it.

The work stretched us all but we were in there from start to finish. All is now calm out in the field and we know that each and every one of them has been checked over.

More planting this week so last night’s rain was very welcome.

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21st April

Another week begins but we really didn’t see much of the weekend. A busy one with many people helping out with lamb feeding. Not long now, they are beginning to get stronger and bolder and enjoying the hay we have put in for them. How quickly little ones grow!

Once again the core team is setting a great example with their great skills they share here. Support for the animals, support for the CC Centre.

Today saw a table and some chairs arrive so everyone had to try it out - in the middle of the track. The lambs even had a run around it.

Not long now and the toilet block will be completed - what a great piece of work by a very special team member.

Lots of people planning events, visits, volunteering and courses here. Booked in a team for July already - how time flies.

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16th April

A rather moving week! Several people have shared in the new births here at the Countryside Centre. Some getting stuck in to save a little life - a big learning curve with such wonderful smiles as the little one takes its first breath.

The team is going from strength to strength and some rather large groups here to help with lamb feeding. The little ones are loving the attention.

Now it seems that these poor little orphan lambs could go - home with lots of people -  hidden away in bags or backpacks -  even taken along as the office mascot. Now there’s an idea.

The weather has been very kind this week, just need to do a little more watering around the plants. The natural water collection in the large tubs is diminishing but we did have a little more in the sky today.

The peacocks are now roaming at large around the farm. If you want to see them, look up, they will be high up wherever they take a rest.

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13th April

Well its back to school and back to work time for many. We just kept on going the whole time around the farm. It felt so much better when the sun came out to join us.

Today we still had a few young children here looking at lambs and feeding them as best they could. Not good to try the bottle out afterwards though - had to move the bottles quickly.

A good team around today and there was some planting help available at the start of the day. It makes all the difference to share the workload.

The toilet block is coming along in the best possible way, it will be in use soon thanks to a great team member.

A few youngsters here learning as they helped out with feeding times. There is so much you can learn as you walk around a farm. It is all coming out in blossom around here - and most of that is with the enthusiasm from those joining us here.

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