Autumn is gradually approaching here at New Farm with the last of the field beans being harvested last week. The old combine is now being cleaned and mothballed ready for winter storage. This summer has been really good for all of us and after last years miserable performance we really appreciated it. We have started lifting potatoes this week, and dare I say it, everything is going well. Also cutting red, white and savoy cabbage so everyone is very busy.
The yearling cattle are now in their winter yards and the cows will follow in two weeks time. We need to get them settled in the yards before calving begins in November. Last winter was a disaster for our resident barn owls. The wet and cold weather meant food was in very short supply and our owls disappeared. The nesting box has been empty all summer and it seems that now we must wait for a new female to take up residence. The little owls have also gone. Nature will take its course but we do hope they return in the spring. We miss seeing them sitting on the fence posts in the fields. However, there is an abundance of nuts, berries and fruit in the woods this year so that should help feed the food chain and so encourage any passing owls to stay!