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An 18 acre permaculture demonstration farm in South Lincolnshire

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It's been a weekend of animal moving fun at The Inkpot.. the grazers are on tour down on our borrowed fields the other side of the village... which means logistical challenges, loading lovely naughty ones, fencing, ragwort removing and general fun. There are happy munching grazers, happily settled for a couple of weeks & an eerily quiet field up here x
Massive thanks to the wonderful Fran Pickering for sharing so much knowledge & fun this weekend x x
Day one of the Nordic Permaculture Festival in Iceland... great sessions on Permaculture research, Human relations in Permaculture, Recent course graduates showing their designs & I did a talk about how we have used permaculture to transform the Inkpot from a depleted, compacted arable field into an abundant, bio-diverse, little farm producing award winning food. The talk was packed out with a very interested international audience x
Sad news folks... Charlie was put down this morning. I got the vet out as his leg had not improved at all, she had a good look and found a break high up. We think he must have been trodden on on day 1. We both really wanted to give him a chance but there was no way to splint it as very high up. He was in a lot of pain. It was the fairest thing to do, it was very calm & quiet. A truly lovely vet. I sobbed, it was a tough decision... maybe with comfrey we could have fixed it, but it's not fair to have kept him in pain any longer x x
Guess who just had a little suckle from his mum! Charlie walks a bit if I nudge him along & this morning I got him on the teat. Peggy stood stock still, but for any of you out there who have lambed, he's like a big dopey lamb... put him on the teat, he suckled a bit, then came off... but this is major progress. He has til Thursday to be completely on his mum, as we are off to Iceland (again!). It's interesting seeing the difference in Pat & Peggy now though... look how sleek & shiny Pat looks (behind) while the stress is showing in Peggy's condition, lots more herbs for her x x
Look what Charlie can do! Not fully on 4 feet but nearly there... Peggy was looking at Cedric who was having a mad moment skipping & twirling... I reckon that will be Charlie in a couple of days x
Charlie is full of fight this morning & trying to get up. Just needs to figure out his front feet now. Peggy's face says it all...Love, astonishment, a little confusion... Though up on his back legs it's obvious to see why she struggled to get him out, he is huge x
Oh my word... what a day, so many people to be grateful for!! Top left shows Peggy going into labour as Pat was still licking Cedric dry... Peggy had a really tough time of it & by lunch time we called in the cavalry in the form of Will Watts & John Bates.. They are neighbouring farmers & so incredibly helpful & useful. They had to use a calving jack, something I have never seen used before but definitely saved both cow & especially calf in the nick of time. Charlie was pulled out & was totally flaked. It was all a bit touch & go... David & I have been with them all day watching, stealing milk from Peggy & giving it to Charlie, trying to get him up etc. She loves him dearly & is doing her best, but he still is not up. The bottom two is how they look this evening, Cedric on the left & Charlie on the right... massive thanks to David, Elisabeth, Will, John, and also to mum & Liesbeth for being on the end of messages throughout the day with their calving wisdoms... I'm up for a bath & bed, but young Charlie has some different plans for me this evening, let's see what the next 24hrs bring x x
Welcome to the world Cedric... well done Pat! First time mum doing brilliantly x
What an awesome weekend! Today at the Inkpot Summer Skillshare we had social enterprises, green woodworking, forest schools, paper making, Giants, Wizards & Elves, spinning wool, Felting, impromptu poi workshop & some free ranging dinosaurs... thank you all for your teachings! Everyone, get the 13-15th July in your diary for next year.. same time, same place... you decide the timetable x x
Beautiful sunshine, delicious food, a smorgasbord of skills being offered & requested.... macrame, plant ID, bee talk, green juices, pottery, circus skills, butterfly walk, origami, talking stone, storytelling... and that's just today... shame the people are all so horrible x x x
Another lovely weekend at The Inkpot.. weekend 3 of this year's permaculture design course... inspiring people, excellent first steps into designing, wonderful conversations... but more than anything for me is seeing people totally relax & become themselves here... seeing lots of smiley faces & folks just enjoying returning to nature - the birds song, butterflies, natural swimming, fires & sunsets x x x