Sunday, 26 March 2017

Movies, Royalty and Cats

We thoroughly enjoyed the movie A Street Cat Named Bob. It was better than the book in my opinion. Do look out for the cameo appearance at the end of the author James Bowen. Loved the story of Kate meeting Bob - here is the link.

Farm Stay Guests

I am pleased Sheba and Cleo were not put into a communal cattery (I personally  would never put my cat in one). They have found their first time away from home (in nearly 10 years) to be a bit strange. They have enjoyed our visits down to see them and enjoy being petted and snuggle in. I feel they are just settling in well and now it is time for them to go home today.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Books, Knitting, Cats, Sheep....

 Grown & Gathered is a blog and Instagram account I have enjoyed following along. So I was thrilled to read their book.
Is it a lifestyle I would want? Well, maybe when I was younger (If you ask our kids, they have often said they are grateful for their dad.... Who grounds me. They felt if it was not for him we would be living in a bus or commune...)
As for Matt and Lentil... I do not know if I could put so much work into land I do not own and then move on... but they are young.
Totally well worth reading the book and following their journey!

I'm up to the rib shawl collar of my Georgetown Cardi. I actually like rib knitting - With the slow methodical process I tend to get into quite a meditative state.
During my naturopath studies it is often recommended to meditate. But personally, meditation is not for me. I feel terribly guilty sitting when there is ALWAYS something to do. So meditation for me is knitting - I slow down, slow my breath and knit being in the moment without feeling guilty...  I am actually doing something. Weeding also gets me into the meditative zone.

I don't believe there is only one way to do anything.

Farm Stay guests....

Cleo - ebony Mandalay

Sheba - Seal Burmese

I feel extremely privileged to be looking after Sheba and Cleo. They will be 10 years old this year and are cats we have bred here (Laura/Lordy, Cinders/Lordy).
They have never ever been in a cattery. When their family go away friends have looked after them at their own home. So this is quite a BIG thing for these cats (and owners) - (I get that since I have only ever put one cat and one dog in boarding in my whole life)
I always leave the cats to settle in after a big car ride and then let them come out of their carry cage on their own terms when they are ready. I let them smell their new digs and then I go down later to let them meet me.... It works.
They are now settled, not quite moved on from their owners - but I know they are happy and we have had some lovely pats already.

Their view...  By the way thank you for all the ram names sent in... I did leave a comment that James has actually named this ram - Trump due to his orange tinted legs. We are not sure if it is his colouring or if it is pizzle stain. Anyway.... Trump is not up to the job and we will be moving him on.....

Saturday, 18 March 2017

The New Bloke.... Name the Ram Competition.

The new "Bloke" arrived today. He did come with a name, however, it's an inappropriate name for a family blog. 
Plus.... There is no way you would get me calling  his real name out loud.... What would the neighbours think was going on.

For a bit of fun lets have a competition to name the new ram. The winner will be one of the suggested names that is chosen by our family and a prize will be posted to the winner.
Feel free to leave your name suggestions as a comment on the blog or if easier on Facebook or Instagram. 

 I wish I had captured him leaving the trailer on video... He ran to our ewes

I really mean galloped towards the ewes..... Brent said "He'll be alright - Looks like he knows what he's doing"

 The girls are pretty taken to him too.....

Farm Stay Guests...

Man Cat Facial Massage

Leonardo with Abbey

 Pinot with Brent

Hope their families are both having a wonderful holiday and that they are pleased to see their boys are not homesick.