What an inspirational day at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, so much to take in, to look at and to photograph. It was hard to choose a handful of photos to put in the journal. We were so lucky that the sun was out all day and shone over all the stunning garden which had been put together by such talent. My favourite garden had to be Ann-Marie Powell's it was based around this bold orange container and I just absolutely loved it, I think we went to see it 5 times in the end!
Another garden I kept going back to see was the collaboration between designer Claudy Jongstra and Stefan Jaspers. All the flowers in the garden could be used as natural dyes. There was a stream running through the garden emulating the dyes running to the sheepskin. It was a really subtle message about sustainable dying techniques with a beautiful wall hanging, which was the result of the dyed wool.
There were lots of fantastic trade stands at the show, one design idea particularly caught my eye and that was the Boskke sky planter. This is specifically designed so that plants can be hung upside down from the ceiling it was something I have never seen before. Cool idea!
Claudy Jongstra in collaboration with Stefan Jaspers.
Boskke Sky Planters
Lots of Cacti
It has been a busy last 5 days here on the farm with two of our cows Olivia and Catriona calving, as well as trying to get organised for the Suffolk Show next week. Catriona calved on Thursday 19th May, all went very smoothly and we woke up to a very healthy and happy calf (girl). Then on Saturday night at about 8pm Olivia calved (another girl) they are both absolutely gorgeous and enjoying running around in the safety of their nursery area, which is a field we specifically fence of for the cows to calve in, where we know there are no ditches, mud or anything else for them to contend with.
Olivia's calf had a little bit of difficulty suckling to begin with, nothing major as this happens from time to time. With a little bit of help and a bit of improvisation after 90 minutes she was happily suckling. We will just keep an eye on her for the next few days just to make sure she suckles of all 4 teats as they can tend to choose a couple of favourites. We will keep you updated on the calves progress!
What a lovely day we had at The Stody Boutique Festival in the stunning Stody Lodge gardens this weekend. It was a brilliant day, there was lots of other stalls including vintage clothing, local crafts, boutique food stalls, a petting farm and our friends from East Coast Bars with their pop up bar, which we decorated with IzziRainey bunting of course! It was great taking the caravan out again, especially being surrounded by the beautiful rhododendrons of Stody gardens, it was a stunning setting! The caravan is now home safe and sound and will open on the farm from Saturday the 28th of May for two weeks for Open Studios!
Yesterday we popped over to Corpusty to the lovely 'Old Workshop Art Gallery' which is holding a taster exhibition of some of the Norfolk artists who are taking part in Open Studios. It was lovely to see our Farm Geometric cushion, on one of Corbett's Woodworks' lovely chairs, amongst all the other artists work. It is definitely worth a visit.
Open Studios begins next weekend, the 28th of May, meaning that the doors to the IzziRainey studio will be open for two weeks for anyone to visit. We are busy getting organised for the doors to open and Izzi has been busy painting some new pieces that will be on sale. Don't forget to pop over and see us at some point during the two weeks and to visit lots of other Norfolk artists and makers.
It is nearly show time again! Lara and I have been busy haltering the cattle this morning, we will be at The Suffolk Show on the 1st and 2nd of June. We have been doing it on and off for a few weeks now but with less that a month to go its really time to step up the training. We had a few stop and starts but no one took off which is the most important thing, it just a case of walking them up and down the yard and getting them used to the passing traffic. The next thing to tackle will be their coats which need a good wash and comb, just holding off on that for the moment.
This weekend we visited 'The Festival of Farming, Food and Wildlife' at Mayfields on the Reepham Road. We were sooooo lucky with the weather it was absolutely gorgeous and we definatley took the opportunity to top up our tan! Of course doing some work as well! It was fantastic to be able to support an event so close to home and to be able to bring out our caravan, only the second outing of the year. It was an all-round great day out with lots of educational activities showing the public snippets of farming life including sheep shearing, lamb rearing and gun dog displays as well as a dog show, which our friends Josie and Callum won with the beautiful Maggie, what a star!
Very excited to announce that we got our TB test results this morning and every animal got the all clear, which is a big relief and fantastic news for the farm! So much so we gave Hamish, our stock bull, a celebratory hairstyle which he was loving! Collecting the test results is pretty straight forward, however it is a another time consuming job. Every animal has to have the 2 shaved areas which were each injected on Monday with avian TB and bovine TB inspected to see if there is any reaction. If there is a reaction this would show up as lumps under the skin, these lumps are then individually measured. Luckily everyone was feeling in a pretty patient mood this morning and all went smoothly. That is all for now here on the farm but watch this space as it shouldn't be too long until we have new arrivals here on the farm!
It has been a busy morning here on the farm with a visit from Molly, our vet, it is time for TB testing again. It has come around so quickly! This meant that every animal had to be run through a race and into the crush to have 2 patches shaven and injected, which is a time consuming job. We were very lucky, it all went very smoothly and everyone behaved themselves to a certain extent... Not every animal is that keen on needles but who can blame them! All we can do now is keep our fingers crossed for the results which we will get on Friday.
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