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Horsin' Around

Posted on 12 November, 2015 at 10:50 Comments comments (2939)

Where to begin? Every few days there are new and exciting things happening at Rolling Hill Farm! Our up and coming teamster Bryony began ploughing an acre for our new vegetable patch with the help of our horses and our friend Richard from Atlantic Draft Horse Supply. Together they spent the day in the field learning the proper ploughing techniques for horses, and despite the horses doing the labour, it’s still hard work!

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Good News All Around!

Posted on 20 October, 2015 at 16:50 Comments comments (0)

Jack Frost is here, and he seems to be staying. Our vegetables are not keen - particularly the spinach - with the sudden cold weather but everything else is adapting. The animals are shedding to make space for their winter coats and we are digging in the closet, pulling out our best flannel to keep cozy. On the bright side, the frost covers everything in a silver blanket of sparkly dew, which makes the morning chores a little more plesant.

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Puppy Love

Posted on 30 September, 2015 at 11:20 Comments comments (2)

An extremely unfortunate turn of events happened in the past few days. Our beloved Murphy randomly had a seizure this weekend and we were told to keep a close eye on her, only to find her on Monday morning having another seizure while we were doing our morning chores. Murph was almost two years old and affected by developmental delays, but despite the inconvenience she could be she was a very important part of our family. The inconclusive issue with the seizures would involve many tests, medi...

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In which nobody gets much sleep.

Posted on 1 September, 2015 at 0:40 Comments comments (0)

Well, we've had quite the past few weeks. People have come, people have gone, puppies have been born, cats have been rushed to the vet, everything has been baked and trees have been felled.

Beginning with the bad news, our youngest cat Morgana was hit by a car two weeks ago. We rushed off to the vet at nine in the evening (the vet was not impressed) but fortunately Morgana had no life-threatening injuries. In fact, beyond a couple of scrapes, the on...
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Horsing Around

Posted on 14 August, 2015 at 0:15 Comments comments (0)

The horses have arrived, and they won’t stop eating! Annie & Blackie have had a busy few weeks traveling from Moncton, New Brunswick to Caledonia, Nova Scotia, but they’re now happily settled in their paddock. They have managed to escape a handful of times as we shuffled them around the fields to give them the perfect space - once in the middle of a rain storm while Liz was the only one home so she safely secured them in the dog enclosure which they found less than amusing....

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More hands, more work.

Posted on 21 July, 2015 at 14:40 Comments comments (0)

The vegetables – and the dogs – are out of control! The tomatoes are climbing the trellises and the potatoes are getting gigantic while they flower, and should be ready for eating very soon. The tomatoes also survived a near death experience in which Murph, one of Merry’s dogs from her first litter, trampled over the plants this morning on her walk. In addition to the chaos of dog walks, Zane and Monkey were sprayed by a skunk in the morning a few days ago so Bryony and our ...

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Puppies, Ponies, Potatoes and Poultry

Posted on 30 June, 2015 at 20:00 Comments comments (0)


Well, "ponies" is not entirely accurate - oh, the things we do for alliteration. In fact, the equines in question are 16.2 and 17.2hh Belgian Drafts, owned by Richard MacKenzie of Altantic Draft Horse Supply. Bryony was lucky enough to attend a teamster training day taught by Richard, where she learnt the basics of various harness and driving equipment, how to harness and drive one horse and then two in a team, as well as the history of the MacKenzie's five-generation horse-run fa...

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OUR FIRST TWO WEEKS

Posted on 31 May, 2015 at 9:20 Comments comments (0)

We have had a very busy, but productive, first two weeks on our farm.  There are a zillion things to do, but fortunately we have years in which to accomplish them.


We have started digging over the first of many vegetable plots to come.  The soil seems good, though it is hard going when the field has been laid to grass for so many years.  We currently have an area nearly completed for the potatoes, and another for the McGerald's, who are eager to escape the con...

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The Journey to Rolling Hill

Posted on 18 May, 2015 at 15:05 Comments comments (5)

 

JOURNEY TO ROLLING HILL FARM

(or 900 miles with 7 tomato plants, 6 types of animal food, 5 travel bags, 4 German Shepherds, 3 Britishers, 2 squabbling cats and a python in a glass tank - sing to 12 Days of Christmas if you want!)

 

Cast of Characters:

McGeralds - the tomato plants

Merewyn - six-year-old female German Shepherd (currently arguing with Monkey)

Mr. Zane - 20-month-old male German Shepherd

Monkey - 1...

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Puppy Party!!

Posted on 29 March, 2015 at 9:50 Comments comments (4)


In celebration of their first birthday some of Merry's puppies from her first litter met for a Puppy Party. Storm, Titan, Murph, Lupo, and Smurf all met at a park near Lupo's house and afterwards for a continued play in Lupo's garden. Everyone got on famously. It was fantastic to see them all again and the sight of a pack of German Shepherds all ...

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