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NEWS - October 2019

two sheep

What's to say about October? It followed a pleasant, mild sort of September, we had work planned to mend fencing, fill in gateways before they turned to mud, clean out gutters, etc etc.

Some fencing has been done, sadly gateways are now swamps, gutters are full of leaves, we have lakes in some of the paddocks, and it hasn't stopped RAINING!!! The plan is now to bring as many animals into the barns as possible for the winter, as it's becoming increasingly more difficult to drive around the fields. We had planned to build a small shelter in one of the bigger fields so that Shoveller and his two heifer friends would have shelter, unfortunately we haven't been able to raise sufficient funds to do this, maybe next year? The field they're in has good hedges and windbreaks, being young and healthy they'll be fine with plenty of good food inside them, it just makes us feel better to know they would have a roof over their heads if they wanted it. If there's anyone who would like to help with fundraising to buy a shelter, please, please get in touch.

Only a dozen hens and two sheep taken in this month, al seeking new homes. The sheep are Derek, a handsome Herdwick, and Joseph, a handsome Jacob. The sheep came from Godstone Farm Ltd, a farm park and educational centre open to the public.

Most farm parks prefer to have young animals who are playful and appealing, Derek and Joseph are now four years old and needed to be moved on. As the majority of our sheep residents are now in their dotage or heading that way, these two young lads will probably set a few old hearts fluttering, but as both have had their pockets picked there'll be no flirting.

turkey

And, as Christmas is only weeks away, our big news is that we now have Christmas cards and full colour Calendars for sale. The calendars are selling for £9.50 including postage, they're full colour with photos and histories of twelve of our animals. The Christmas cards are in packs of eight and contain two of each of Snowdrop the sheep, Matilda the Turkey, the Jersey calves and Hosanna the donkey, they are £9.50 including postage.

Our Annual Christmas Carol Service will be held on Saturday December 7th, opening at 4 o'clock. There'll be singing in the barn with the sheep and Matilda the turkey as usual, plus Christmas gifts and hot refreshments what better way to welcome In Christmas!

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