NEWS - November 2016
The big news this month has to be; We have two new baby calves!!! Certainly not planned by us, but two very determined young cows, Jacqueline and daughter Josephine had other ideas. Last winter they both decided to go walk about. Between them they trashed hedges, they trashed fences, and headed south to the next village, where, by chance, lived a handsome young Highland bull.
The inevitable happened, two fit and healthy young heifers, one fit young bull equals two beautiful calves. Lewis was the first one to be born to Jacqueline. He's a cream coloured, lively young man. Second born is a small, milk chocolate coloured little heifer calf. Both are now very well settled with their contented Mums, enjoying the shelter and comfort of our big barn, knee deep in straw.
Two in a million, these two babies will spend the rest of their lives with their mums. They will never be hit, shouted at, go hungry, and will never have to face that final frightening, bewildering journey to the slaughterhouse. Lewis and Louise, welcome to your forever home.
Nugget the hen
We have taken in a miracle hen. She's possibly the only hen on the planet to have been seized by a fox, in broad daylight, had her wing torn off to the bone, and lived to tell the tale. Nugget, as she's now called was more than lucky that when this happened, Josie our Vet happened to be making a call at her farm.
Despite her horrific injury Nugget didn't go into shock as expected, she appeared angry and insulted that such a thing could happen to her. In hen speak she seemed to be swearing.
Josie took her back to the Surgery to clean up the wound and remove what was left of the missing wing. When Nugget came round from the anaesthetic she promptly went searching for food. A few days later she was laying eggs. What a girl!
We're happy to say that all the kittens that were born here in early September to the two little feral cats we took in have now all found private homes. Two of them, a brother and sister have gone together and we hear they have a lovely dolls house to play in, one little girl has gone to live as a companion to another rescued kitten, and the last one has gone to live with Charlotte's family. Charlotte works here, she has a pet Guinea pig whose name is George who free ranges the house causing havoc with the wiring. Storm the kitten has decided that George is her new best friend, so a good result all round, more little animals with a happy future to look forward too.
Bob and Lady
These two little middle aged Welsh ponies joined us in October. Previously rescued, their owners circumstances changed meaning she was no longer able to look after them or keep them safe. We managed to find space , these two little ponies deserved to have somewhere to spend the rest of their days.
When they arrived they were very wary of contact, at some time in their life they had lost any trust they might have had in the human race, which happens so often to these ponies when they are taken to Sale after Sale and never have the opportunity to form a bond of trust with anyone. They've come on leaps and bounds, they come to call, they are now confident enough to be caught easily and enjoy their treats
Pay Roll Giving
We are constantly in need of donations to help with our running costs. Pay Roll Giving is a good way to set up a monthly donation. If you would please consider this take a look at www.payrollgiving.co.uk. Thank you.