Near Knighton

England

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September 4, 2018

I’ve lost track of the months! It’s been nearly four since I last posted! Where has the time gone? Can we just say I took a summer break from the blog? Though there hasn’t been much of a break at all at Longhouse. We’ve been busy with the sheep (as always), though we d...

May 23, 2018

I’ve been hoping to write this post for weeks! This grand exciting update to say, “Oh my goodness, our sheep were pregnant and now we have three new lambs!” 

But so much of our lives lately have been dedicated to those new lambs and our grownup sheep, it’s been hard to...

April 16, 2018

There has been so much excitement here at Longhouse. Though there has also been some less than wonderful weather—including three days of constant fog in which I think I sleepwalked rather than accomplishing anything productive (like updating the blog as I promised)! Th...

March 17, 2018

Wow. It’s hard to believe B and I moved into Longhouse one year ago today. Our first weekend was haphazard and muddy. There was rain, thunder snow, and even a heroic rescue by our neighbor. 

This weekend should prove to look quite similar—though hope...

February 8, 2018

Oh, there has been such a winter lull at Longhouse. But the days are starting to feel longer and the snow drops have risen. And it’s not just the snowdrops—early violet primroses have sprung up on our doorstep, and the tall stems of daffodils have emerged in their almo...

January 12, 2018

  

B and I went back Pennsylvania for Christmas to visit my family. It was beautiful and there was snow on Christmas Eve, and while there were no mince pies or Christmas crackers (we couldn’t bring the latter with us on the plane), there was plenty of love and joy...

December 18, 2017

We knew being smallholders would be hard. We certainly didn’t think it would be easy. But nothing prepared us for losing one of our sheep. And so quickly.

All we want is to give our animals a comfortable and happy life. To look after them well—build a balanced relatio...

December 8, 2017

Technically it thunder-snowed the weekend we moved in last March, but we‘ve never seen the hills properly covered in my favourite wintery fluff—until we woke up to a happy surprise this morning! As I’m writing this, I’m standing at the window, snowflakes clouding my gl...

November 20, 2017

I can’t believe I’ve gotten so far behind with the blog! Where does the time go? Well, for starters, B and I have been busy in the paddock with the sheep. They’re getting used to us slowly. But they’re also finding their way into quite a bit of mischief!
 


I’ve al...

November 2, 2017

I know, I’ve kept you waiting! But this sheep business takes time (and patience, and a warm coat). We needed a few days to get close to our new woolly family members, who have been quite shy since arriving at Longhouse.

And oh my goodness, the process of getting them...

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