The Inkpot

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An 18 acre permaculture demonstration farm in South Lincolnshire

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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
Spot anything wrong with this photo?!... why can’t sheep be more like whales? All those lovely YouTube videos where sea animals swim up to humans to help untangle them... Amy got her head through the bucket handle & then wouldn’t trust me as I was sooo scary & must be connected to this big yellow trap I must have set up for her... no buckets or sheep were damaged in the making of this photo! They parted ways after a few minutes x x
The Inkpot ‘flerd’ are loving the diversity down on the little field we call Southbeck. Animals regenerating scrubland x x
It seems we had a crazy little bit of wind today...this morning when we left... this 10m x 3m heavy structured marquee was over the table... it seems it flew 100m... taking out Martha’s tent, this little oak tree & the fence keeping in 9 sheep (the boys club). Very lucky no-one was around. No serious harm done, just another day in the adventure of the Inkpot x
It seems it’s been a good year for onions at the Inkpot... More award winning Permaculture Produce, these have been grown with no chemicals & no watering just plenty of home made compost & well mulched x
Welcome to the flerd little one. Our young Mum Cocoa produced the last Inkpot lamb of 2018 this morning. So late?! Well she was a young mum, last years lamb, but grew nicely so I put her back in with the ram in February when she was nearly a year old & is now being a lovely doting Mum x
Little Dottie, has had a little adventure today... 1 dislocated foot, a trip to the Vets, a general anaesthetic, a smart clean bandage with a splint & a lighter wallet for me.  She’s doing well & back with her Mum ‘One Spot’ & twin sister ‘Doughnut’ x x