Ruby our Highland Cow had her heifer calf last Friday and did it all by herself so you can imagine the past few days have been taken up with lots of gate leaning and watching. Had a bit of a scare on her first day though with ‘fly strike’ which I’ve never seen in a new-born calf but fortunately saw the eggs in time and with the work of a flea comb and a dose of ‘Spot On’ managed to kill both the eggs and can you believe the maggots which had already hatched – horrid. When we’ve been able to tear ourselves away it’s been all systems go for a new venture Glyn and I have started, which has seen not only the design and building of a brand new mobile cookery demonstration unit but also the purchase of a trailer which wasn’t supposed to happen just yet, but it’s ideal for what we want so it’s now living in the drive until we can figure out where to put it! Basically it means we can offer Food & Drink Festivals a unit which can either go into a marquee or building or if they prefer, stay outdoors in the trailer. Hoping for a run out at Tenbury Show but if not quite ready, it’ll be our pal Miranda with her camping stove!
Judging by how good Glyn looked dressed in his 1940’s gear at the weekend I reckon he was born in the wrong era! We’re off to see his parents tomorrow and I’ve said he should put his outfit back on to see what they say but I think it’ll just be a photograph they get to look at instead. Well done Tenbury Wells for putting on the 1941 living history event, and it was a privilege to be part of it. Me and him looked after the main stage with sound and announcements etc, and my highlight had to be when I DJ’d for an hour for people dressed up and dancing in the sunshine to 1940’s music. Hereford Big Band performed in the evening and on the Sunday afternoon Malvern Hills District Brass Band played having been involved in the rather moving parade through the town late morning. Met some lovely people who travel miles to re-enact the era and the costumes were fabulous, even my dress received a compliment, but I suspect it was more out of symphathy for my burnt chest.