Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Another sale, another aurora

Already a week since the last blogpost and 2 weeks since the Mull schools went back.  Time flies! 

Farmer got his lambs to market last week. Prices were back on the year before, and given the extra costs (due to the weather) last winter, it wasn't a very rosy picture. But we cannot do much about it.  You cannot bring the lambs home without incurring a 21 day standstill, which means you cannot sell any other livestock. It costs to bring them home, and the next sale you go to would be just as much of a lottery as the last one.  

Farmer also took a load of lambs to market yesterday, and the prices were better. They are still back on what he got for his best blackface lambs last year, but better than last week. 

This year we are not selling the spare ewe lambs, as the way we receive our subsidy has changed and we now need to keep our own home bred ewe lambs in order to show we are not slipper farmers! 

In the veg garden, the garlic is harvested and drying nicely in the window.  

On the Sitheans the heather is slow to come out. I suppose it just hasnt been as warm this year, but it is finally appearing and it is a welcome sight. 

September has come and with it some wonderful cloudy skies.  This is looking down the Sound of Mull towards Lochaline from near Aros Bridge. 

And this morning the sun was shining on the Argyll mountains beyond the Isle of Lismore from Craignure.

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