Friday, 19 May 2017

Turning back to the Moor

Lambing has finally finished.  The last two Pry sheep lambed this morning.  
Its time now to turn the ewes with a single lamb back to the moor.

Its a good feeling to see them returning to their heft.  
The ewes lead their lambs along the same sheep tracks that they themselves were shown as lambs-at-foot two, three & four years earlier and in so doing begin to establish the hefted instinct in their new female lambs.

 Clearly some of our ewes are very experienced at this process.  
This ewe is older than most.  She has been kept, rather than sold as a three shear, for reasons I don't know but it is plain to see that she is a good mother; nuturing, guiding and fussing over her lamb.

They are soon far away; spreading out, finding their place out in the vast open fell which is the Swaledale's natural home.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Lambing Time Routine

 We haven't many sheep left to lamb now.  Lots of people think that when we've finished lambing then the hard work is over.

 Infact that is not the case at all.  Chris is often heard to say that anyone can lamb a sheep but the skill is in keeping both the ewe and the lamb fit and healthy afterwards.

The sky is blue and the sun is shining but it is bitterly cold which is holding back the grass.  Every day our sheep get supplementary hard feed and plenty of hay.

When the ewes have finished feeding there is quite a commotion until the lambs are 
reunited with their mothers.

 But after a lot of bleating and baarr-ing they all pair up again ...

..... and peace and tranquility is restored.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Keld Community Orchard Sponsorship Appeal

The Keld Community Orchard space has been completely transformed; 
trees, bushes & shrubs planted, grass seed sown and a snowdrop border created.
Now we have to wait for Mother Nature to work her magic and watch for signs of green and growth.

We are asking for sponsorship for the following;
Drifts of Daffodils at £20 per drift
Planted Herb Pots (pots by the Yorkshire Flowerpot Company) at £30 per pot
Garden Bench at £70 (or £35 for a half share)
If you would like to sponsor any of the above please email
Thank you

Friday, 28 April 2017

Our Very First Shepherd Hut Guests

After months of planning and preparation (and much fussing about today!) 
we have finally welcomed our first guests to Pry House Farm Shepherd's Hut.

Sleep tight! 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Lambing Time - Half Way and All Help Gratefully Received!

Suzanne bottle feeding a pet lamb.  They never stay 'pets' for long as we like to 'mother them on' as soon as possible. Best for the lamb and good for the ewe that has lambed and lost.

Tom likes helping and riding!

Different kind of helping.  
This ewe thought she would 'help herself' to a bite of sugar beat from the store in the yard!

Little Gem helping by encouraging a bit of mother and baby bonding!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Fleece & Feathers in Firs Lambing Fields

Early evening is the perfect time to quietly walk around the lambing fields

At this time of year there are so many wonderful things to stumble upon 
like this beautiful nest belonging to the Lapwing.

The air is full of bird song; the call of the peewit (Lapwing), the chatter of the Oyster Catchers and the clear warbling song of the little Skylark (pictured)

but best of all new life is only moments away. 

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Keld Community Orchard Update

A Community Space Created by Community Spirit

Its hard to believe that the project only began in January however
everybody's hard work and enthusiasm has paid dividends and now ......

....... the space has been totally transformed.  In the foreground a raised viewing / seating area has been created and on the right the original cobbled path has been exposed.  A range of fruit trees, shrubs and soft fruit bushes have been planted and finally a grass seed mix has been sown.

Now we have to let mother nature work her magic but while we wait there is still plenty to do.
A local resident is busy making two benches and we want to add colour and fragrance with herb planters.  In late summer we will be planting bulbs.  To achieve these as aims we will be appealing for sponsorship.  If you would like to register an interest in sponsoring a bench, a drift of bulbs or a planted herb box please contact me at