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Glynelwyn Smallholding 

Glynelwyn

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10th September

Just over 3 weeks to the fabulous West Wales Wool Show. Still lots of preparation to do and updating of all the yarn bands and such like due to the recent re-branding. There will be a "SHOW OFFER" discount, so DO COME ALONG and see us. Our stand will be in the Plas Hyfred Hotel which is the 2nd location of the show. The 1st location is in the Queens Hall in Narberth and Plas Hydred is just a little further up the road. As you come OUT of the Queens Hall, hang a left and follow the YARN BOMBING up the road and around the corner and you'll see the Hotel on the opposite side of the road.

Wesley and his wives are chilling out in their field, although I do hope some action is happening too, but they seem to be rather too laid back at the moment! I'm sure come February there will be the patter of tiny little lamb hooves but will of course keep you updated.

Wesley - Dorset Down ram

 

Our Agility season is almost at an end now but a lot of extra farming work takes over. The horses are all still outside 24/7 but when the weather changes they will start to come in at night which means morning mucking out of 3 stables on top of the goat mucking out too. Talking of goats, I am still milking at the moment although the quantity is dropping and by the beginning of December will no doubt be down to a thimble full and that's when I stop until kidding again next Spring. Keeping "Faithmead Jitterbug", was without doubt the right decision. He's turning into a stunning looking, well built young buck and is now of course, the 'main man', not that he's aware of that yet.

Bug - Anglo-Nubian billy

 

On a slightly different note, we've lived here at Glynelwyn now for about eleven and a half years. We've (obviously) met the previous owners whom we bought from and the owners prior to them .... and the owner prior to them .... and even some of the relatives of the family that lived here way, way back. Its been fascinating trying to piece together the history of the place and one day we'll put together a sort of Family Tree of the property. The fields haven't changed in at least a hundred years and the original plot is STILL the original plot as far as we can ascertain. Its been a well loved and cherished home full of memories for all sorts of people and we feel truly honoured that so many of those people or their children who have stayed here, have come by, sat in our kitchen and told us so much of its history and their own.

Glynelwyn Smallholding

 

August 2019

Where did August go? In fact where did the Summer go? More to the point, where did the whole year go? Well, if like me, you feel time is racing past, I put my speeding year down to the fact that we FILL it with so much STUFF. The little farm is always busy one way or another. The list of "To Do" jobs never actually gets any less even though we cross things off, because more things are added.

Life is for LIVING and we decided a year ago to just ease off a little bit and have a bit of 'us' time, so what do we do? We do Dog Agility. It is a fantastic sport and Pip and I love it.

"We bought a little caravan at the beginning of the year and we pack it up ready for each event and off we trundle for 3 days (2 nights) of fun and frolicks away from the farm. The caravan is great. We have a little awning that goes on the side and we also have a wonderful contraption called a Tailgater Awning which fits over the rear of the car and is where all the doggy stuff goes. We even have a 'garden' which is an elaborate name for the fenced in area that the dogs can play safely in and get some freedom rather than just being out on a lead. ….."

Tig, the Pup, is now nearly 11 months old and in her short life she's already had to have an operation but she's cracking on with life none the less and is currently having weekly Hydrotherapy sessions which she just loves.

I'm also a little bit addicted to running. I started in October last year in order to get fitter for the Dog Agility but what happened? Cani-X happened. What could be better than to combine running with taking your trusty pooch with you.

 Pip and I run 2 or 3 times a week and mainly a round trip of about 5km to check on the sheep up the road. I occasionally increase it to 7 or 8 km and in fact in mid August went on my first 10K organised run in the fabulous Brechfa Forrest but sadly couldn't take Pip. However, our first Cani-X for this winter is end of November and its a toughie ..... I'll let you know nearer the time.

So, more beautiful yarns arrived end of last week and are now in the on-line shop. I STILL have more to add, but it takes an age to get the photos correct and certain colours are a nightmare. I'm beginning to get my stock organised for the West Wales Wool Show in early October, and if you're in the area, DO drop in, its a fantastic event and the coffee in Plas Hyfred (where my stand will be) is delicious.

  

 

I'm also beginning to think "Christmas" . I know, I know, its 4 months away, but that time is going to go in a flash and so I need to start thinking of woolly things that people might like to buy as presents for their nearest and dearest.

"Wesley" the Dorset Down Ram arrived yesterday and another job on the top of the list is to round up his girls tomorrow (Mad Daisy, Aeronwy and Branwen) so that he can join them out in the stream field along with the horses for the time being. I love lambing the Dorsets because they lamb easily (generally) are excellent mothers and the lambs arrive black and slowly turn white as they get older. SO cute.

All for now. Catch up with you again very soon.

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Hello everyone

Well what a blast we had at this years Pembrokeshire County Show. We entered 6 fleeces in the British Wool Marketing Board annual Fleece competition and came out with Champion AND Reserve Champion Fleeces. Champion was a Leicester Longwool once again, only this time is was "Tamzin" and she scored a full house of 100 points. This fleece has now gone off to the Welsh Depot to join all the other Champions from across Wales. Reserve was the beautiful Coloured Bluefaced Leicester fleece from "Faith" with a score of 99. Also getting a 99 was my ever lovely little Ryeland "Thumbelina". I will have a lot of these fleeces for sale very soon and if anyone is interested, please do get in touch.

Champion and Reserve Champion Fleeces at Pembrokeshire County Show

Champion Leicester Longwool Fleece and

Reserve Champion Coloured Bluefaced Leicester Fleece

Fleece winning rosettes

 

Elsewhere on the farm we have had a LOT of new fencing done over the past few weeks and everything is now totally secure once again. There was never any risk of anything escaping but GOATS do like to climb.

New fencing

 

Bracken, our Berkshire Sow has still not farrowed and is keeping us on tenterhooks. She is one BIG girl right now and I can't believe she's still gently cooking them away in there.

Bracken in pig

 

Half of the sheep have now moved up to the fresh pasture that we took our recent and lush crop of haylage from. Its a lovely flat field and the grass is growing exceptionally well. In fact, its so lush that Charlotte the Corriedale got so fat, she managed to get stuck on her back twice. She's now back in the sloping home fields !!

Sheep moved to new pasture

 

New arrivals in the Chook department are 6 ex commercial Black Rock hens. All 6 are chucking out eggs like there is no tomorrow. Great girls and a new and extended life for them.

Doing some Dog Agility events coming up but its less than 2 months now until our fantastic "West Wales Wool Show" at Narberth in October. The Faithmead Yarns stand will most definitely be there. Come and find us in Plas Hyfryd.

 

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Well here we are at LAST, the new website, new easier to use domain name, the new logo, the new look but still the same GORGEOUS, wonderful, luscious yarn from my equally gorgeous, wonderful, luscious sheep.

There will be a "season change offer" of some kind. It might be '6 for the price of 5', it might be a packet of Sheepy Stitch Markers, it might be a 'discount', who knows, so keep coming back to check.

The sheep are all in fine fettle at the moment and we're set for Winter. The haylage is in, so the winter fodder is ready.

Haylage Stacked

The field shelters have been dug out and are ready for the deluge of rain that we will no doubt get sooner or later.

Field Shelter dug out

The other animals are all doing well and the summer weather has indeed been kind to them too this year. The goat herd love to be turned out every morning and disappear across the fields for the day. They appear around about 4pm to sit down by the gate waiting to be let back in to their pens for their dinner and to settle down for the night.

Anglo-Nubian goats

The hens and ducks have been on/off lay just lately but that's just the cycle of their feathery lives.

As a lot of you know, we have a little holiday annexe here called "The Hideaway" (www.thehideawayholiday.co.uk) which has been full on busy this summer, which is great.

We've had many returners who become friends more than holiday visitors and we love the fact they get out and about and then come 'home' tired but full of all the wonderful places they've been that day. This area of South West Wales is the BEST, but then we would say that.

The tomatoes are ripening; the courgettes are growing (into marrows!) and the beans are spreading their tentacles far and wide in the polytunnel.

Farm Vegetables

Fresh veg - who doesn't love veg straight from the ground?