Planting apple trees

Fruits of our Labour

After planting new trees behind the main house in March, the first of our apples are looking great and ready for the upcoming harvest. We planted these trees with a lot of care, as the conditions for growing apples on the moor aren’t always the best. However, behind the house is a well sheltered, south …

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Lower Stolford

Lower Stolford Revealed

After many decades shrouded in undergrowth and forming the back wall of the lean-to log shed, the recent demolition work has revealed the remains of Lower Stolford farm house, abandoned in the late 1960’s and left to its own devices ever since.  The stone walls are still in decent condition, and we are quite tempted …

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Haylage

Haylage

Steve Hutchinson mowed about 25 acres for haylage on Friday, and about 24 hours later Jason has baled it, finishing at about 10 p.m. The main difference between hay and haylage is the way it is made.  Haylage is cut like hay, but only allowed to semi-wilt and not dry completely.  It is cut later than grass …

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Sheep at Stolford Farm

Sheep on the Farm

The sheep were turned out this afternoon, bit of a drab day for the lambs but as usual they are full of life and bouncing about all over the place!  There are about 100 ewes, a mixture of Texel and Jacob, and about 140 lambs so far, split between the 17 Acre and Browns Lane.   …

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Chain Harrowing at Stolford Farm

Chain Harrowing

Just completed about 200 acres of chain harrowing on Stolford farm over a two week period, taking advantage of the good weather we had over the Easter break.  The curly one is Reservoir Field, the one with the beech unhelpfully (but picturesquely) plonked in the middle is Browns Lane, and the one that looks like …

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