Bee situation still not completely settled. There are two hives, and now three nuclei with frames of bees, which could turn into 2 or 3 new hives. As husband only home for weekends, this is not looking good for my bee avoidance stance. However, the 2nd bee sting has really put me off any kind of bee involvement. The sting on my lower cheek has turned into a severe allergic reaction, and my cheek, chin and neck look disgustingly bloated, red and itchy. I am living on antihistamine tablets and rubbing on antihistamine creams by the tube full.
Our annual Stoke Abbott Street Fair did very well this year, we think we had a record number of visitors. Great weather, not a hot beach day, just lovely and sunny. I organise the Teas in the village hall. We work very hard but still have loads of fun. All the stalls did well…but one. Son Archie and Richard ran the Skittles in the pub garden. The night before the big day I was at the computer madly trying to do posters, set prices, etc. They suggested One Go for £1.50, 3 Go’s for a fiver. Sounded good to me, and all was fine…until a maths teacher brought to the attention of A&R that £1.50 times 3 equals £4.50! All the other participants had happily handed over their £5. But they still managed to lose money, They had set the prize money too high. Minus £15 so not too great a loss. Will do better next year. And the village hall teas were as popular as ever, with the most gorgeous homemade cakes and scones.
Big metal gates going up across the open shed. I’ll be all set to keep calves inside over the winter once they are weaned. The calves do lose some condition over the winter months. So my plan is to bring them into this open shed in November, time to be weaned. They will spend their days getting fat and happy and I will have much more contact with them. Maybe some lovely bonds will be formed and they may be halter trained…watch this space.
Jo Stover has daily adventures on her small farm, together with her Highland cattle and Portland sheep, bees, a few hens, dogs, and some two-legged family and friends.