After Irene helped with a poorly goat last week, we were invited to visit the owners in the daytime which we did yesterday. They have a lovely smallholding in Maesycrugiau which is accessed via a long and bumpy track, the sort of isolated place that Irene would love. They only have 5 acres but their land includes 1½ acres of woodland and one of their fields adjoins the river Teifi, where they can fish for trout! Their house is a typical Welsh Stone House with a few outbuildings. It is in need of modernising a bit, but it has a lovely character. We had a great time talking goats and fussing their 3 girls, which rather unusually, are all polled. We had tea and cakes and ended up staying over 2 hours!!
The most coincidental thing is that the man (isn’t it terrible, I can’t even remember his name!) was born in Plaistow, his parents lived in Elm Park and he went to Abbs Cross High School and he remembers a Lynne Womack!!! He is a ‘Real Ale’ man and he also rides a Honda Varadero, so we have a lot in common! I can see us becoming good friends in time.
We have made some enquiries to obtain a whether as company for Bramble, as he is starting to ‘practice’ on the girls. Fortunately none of them will be in season for a couple of months yet, but we need to get him used to being away from them. The first person to get in touch is the same woman who supplied our new found friends with their goats, so we may be having a trip to collect one soon. We are just hoping there is someone a little nearer than 3½ hours away!!
We managed to get quite a lot done this weekend as the weather was favourable, at last. We have converted the small outside aviary into a ‘summerhouse’ of sorts, tidied up the garden and cleaned some of the walkway so that it can be painted. We have also managed to get the polytunnel weeded again, fed the tomatoes, planted some sweetcorn, dug up the last of the indoor potatoes, and transplanted some strawberries. Next weekend we must get the fruit cage sorted and also lay some concrete in the porch. Still lots more to do!