On and around the Farmstead
start of the new year is marked by the traditional firework displays, observed
from the dike.
cattle are in their stalls, the ponies in the outer stables.
the animals has to be done twice daily and in the evenings the chickens are
rounded up in the coop.
start of the lambing season, so the first of the ewes come into the stalls from
the meadow. More mouths to feed.
year the lambing went extremely well – 28 lambs from 12 ewes.
Most of the lambs have been born.
Spring is on the way, the grass is starting to grow and fertalizer has to be spread.
ponies and sheep are allowed back into the meadow.
pair of Little Owls nest in the old orchard and from March one can hear their
A few more lambs are born. The fences have to be checked and repaired
all the animals have now been moved into the meadows and the stables and stalls
are given a major cleaning.
chicks of the white fantail pidgeons which belong on the farm start to hatch.
first of the foals are born and the bull joins the cows in the meadow.
Everything is in blossom.
the end of May, the first haygrass can usually be mown.
hay, a lot of work to be done in the garden and checking the thistle growth.
must of course not forget our three dogs that try to help but without much
a late foal is born.
the ponies to the “day for people and animals” In Dutch: ("Dag van mens
en dier") – an annual festival in
holiday season is usually spent doing chores and odd jobs around the farm.
holiday season comes to an end.
is stored in the barn.
to a few inspections.
father’s ponies to a show in Etten-Leur.
ram is put with the ewes.
ponies are groomed and prepared for the show in Hoornaar.
is coming to an end.
show in Hoornaar is on the 1st Saturday of the month – an
important day for the ponies.
meadows look empty and forlorn. They get dry and barren,
but with a bit of luck we get to see deer in the distance.
ponies are back in the stables.
has gone swiftly by and with Christmas and New Years eve,
year comes to an end.
Jos & Atie Aarts, Zeedijk 10, 3329 LC Dordrecht, the Netherlands, 00 31 (0)78 6165860,