We have been given devastating news that National Grid, an American owned company, wants to spoil our beautiful valley with yet another set of gigantic pylons and over-head power lines. The line will run from Bramford, near Ipswich, to about 500 metres from our front door. We need all the help we can get to fight this, so please visit the Stour Valley Underground website to see is happening and support the case for undergrounding the cables and protect what is left of 'Gainsborough country'. For those of you in America who might be reading this, the very first 'stars and stripes' flag made by Betsey Ross used cloth woven in the Stour valley. Please help keep our valley beautiful. Thank you.
Begining of February saw our first reasonable covering of snow. Tony took the opportunity of donning his designer ski ware and gliding down our hill like the professional skier he is - not!
Boiler suit £30, skis free, boots £10. Loads of fun? - Priceless!
Our regular visit to the Tendring Show went well and everyone enjoyed it, including Tony's daughter Charlotte (Charlie) and her boyfriend Chuckie. Unfortunately Charlie had a very bad case of hay fever and did not look well! Here the alpacas look on as Gill teaches a youngster the finer arts of spinning.
Due to a bit of bad luck both our Sheep shearer and alpaca shearer turned up on the same day. Panic broke out for a short while then it was all hands to the pumps as we got stuck in. Thankfully Charlie and Chuckie came over to give us a hand. In the evening we went out for a well deserved curry!
Only lambed a few of our best Dartmoors, as we are still slowly reducing the size of the flocks which have become too large.
This is the first time we have taken the 'Baylham three' to the Tendring Show. They seemed to enjoy it! They are quite used to people and like being hand fed!
Sandra Scott sheared our alpacas with a bit of help (or is that interference!) from us. Some of the alpacas grumbled a bit but they all felt the benefit afterwards. We also took the opportunity to trim their toes and teeth. Here one of our boys is getting his top-knot trimmed, but not too much in order to keep the sun off.
We did not lamb many ewes this year but this Shetland ewe lamb proved a big hit with visitors!
Stour Valley Sheep
welcomes a new member to the team. She's Sue, the Border Collie. She is five
years old and has been trained to work with sheep. All she has to do now is to
train her new owners!
We have added a page to our site for youngsters called, with some originality on our part, the Kids Page! Here you can play games, or save a picture to your computer, colour it in and send it to us for display. Cool!
We were hit by the gale like most people and suffered some damage to the roof of one of our barns. Looking at the TV news pictures around the rest of the country we got of pretty lightly.
Trecked west to the excellent annual lunch of the Shetland Sheep Society at the 'Crooked Chimney' near Welwyn Garden City. As you can see it was well named!
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