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An 18 acre permaculture demonstration farm in South Lincolnshire

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Meat alert - did you know you can get an Inkpot turkey delivered to your door in time for Christmas? Or why not take the excuse to come and visit the farm? Come and pick yours up on the 22nd from 11am and we’ll be happy to show you around, have a chat and night even have some mince pies on the go... please order your turkey here.... x x
Whilst their parents are over at Ruskington, working on making a set of new lambs... the teenagers are having fun roaming back in the main home field... Remember those little triplets back in May? Here is Daisy on the trunk & Daffodil looking at us from the right, their sister Dandelion is there too, as is little Dottie who had the dislocated foot & doing fine. All in all, 14 ewe lambs growing up nicely to be mothers in 2020. But for now? Running around with their naughty brothers being wild x
And so this week The Inkpot became a 42 acre farm... over the last 2 years we have been asked to manage 1, 2 & then 3 little 1-2 acre fields for various lovely people, which had taken us up to 23 acres. But by a certain twist of the universe 19acres of Organic grazing came into our hands to graze and the wonderful thing... our landlords are Thorogoods! (Technically unrelated, but probably came off the same longboat back in the day). The grazers are currently munching their way round their first cycle of the land at Ruskington this week and will probably have enough grazing there to keep them on fresh grass throughout the whole of winter x x
Inkpotters of 2018, it has finally happened... I have finished the bridge! I love autumn for finishing jobs that never happened over summer... it doesn’t look like much & didn’t take long, but the satisfaction is immense... Now, what else can I do to avoid admin?....
You lot make me grin! Just sorting some of the early turkey orders for Inkpot Christmas turkeys & laughing at the additional comments you lot are writing... ‘fan-fucking-tastic’, ‘ I love you, you’re a legend’, ‘I don’t know you but I feel I trust you completely’, and in response to how did you find out about Inkpot turkeys - ‘bloody rotten facebook’ & ‘over large quantities of alcohol’. Hahaha!! You can order yours at x x
And then you get days like these, thanks to the oh soo lovely Ann & Steve! First they made my eyes all wet again when they surprised me with a drawing they’d had commissioned of Kea (my ‘first born’ yes I know she’s a dog, I mean she was the first to come along in the branch of the family tree that I’ve sculpted)... Then Steve steals my secateurs & they come back with a new blade on them... I realised the blade was 10 years old & they have been used pretty much every day of their life!!... Then we spent the day together in the sun, sorting out firewood and catching up. Ann did magic with her chainsaw and is also now ‘Wiper-woman’ after fixing the wipers on two different Inkpot vehicles (Roger & Nora).... Oh Mrs & Mr Pole, I bloomin love you. Thank you soo much for today x x
And some days farming just breaks your heart... Peggy is alive & looking well, but her lovely heifer calf didn’t make it. A calf (like a lamb, kid, goal etc) needs to come out two front feet & a nose... she had one foot forward & one back, far back... I tried, our lovely neighbour Will Watts came & helped & we got her out but there was just no life in her. I realised I first helped a calf out 25 years ago... I’ve never lost one at birth before... seeing Peggy trying to lick her calf back to life made my eyes very wet. I’ve left the calf with her until she is ready to walk away. I do this with ewes & lambs too, sometimes it’s a few minutes, sometimes it takes 24 hours, but it feels right for them to decide when to leave. It’s just not fair, Peggy is the sweetest, loveliest cow I’ve ever met, she’s had two calves & never had either up on it’s feet suckling... Third time lucky Peggy, we’ll get there... And yet again, there were so many hands to help in a dark few hours - Will calving hero, Liz who bought Martha home & stayed to help, David & Sarah who arrived in the middle of it all by accident & stayed with kind words & wet shoulders & then Keri who bought us chips when dinner seemed like it just wouldn’t happen. Thank you all you wonderful lovely people x x x
Shadowy sleepy figures in the field on this beautiful stormy dawn... Today I shall be mainly cow watching... Our beautiful gentle Peggy is in the very early stages of calving... Peggy was the one who had her first calf last year (Charlie) who died after a very difficult birth. Ever since then that wild little heifer has been the most affectionate cow I’ve ever met, coming over for her daily massages & a bit of loving. So very much hoping there’ll be a picture of a healthy calf & Mum in the next day or so x x
3 ton bags of Inkpot fleece dropped off at the mill Today (completely forgot to take a photo at the mill - far too interesting chat with Paul the Miller!). Watch out knitters & Dyers, The first Inkpot Shetland wool will be ready for sale soon x x
Look at this beauty! Anyone know what it is? x
It’s turkey time again at the Inkpot... these chirpy little dudes & dudettes have been settling in well over the last month or so. They are our woodland managers, eating the old growth of the summer under the young trees, feasting on seeds, insects & berries, while I prune our little trees & have a natter with them x
We’ve hit a new low at the Inkpot... our little reservoir has been faithfully sticking with us through this very dry year, but until we have some decent rains, this one is now no longer any use for animal water... luckily still plenary in the big one... we may have had virtually no rains for months, but thanks to the resilient water aspect of our Permaculture design the ~200 animals st the Inkpot are still only on rain water x