11th April 2013
Ebony finally gave birth tonight to a strong little boy calf- Giles. He has a white face and one black eye patch. Giles is suckling already and less than an hour old.
Gloria is watching him curiously from the pen next door- she has been waiting for a little friend to play with for ages. Gloria plays hide and seek in piles of hay, sucks water from the hose pipe and has a riot every evening with William when he cleans them out. She is such a bright little calf. Such a relief Ebony has finally calved- we were beginning to wonder if she was just really fat.
Now we can put the cows out in the field for summer. Agnes the pig is going to need a new friend though- she has enjoyed being in the barn all winter next door to Ebony, sharing hay. I have got an idea to make a pen for her in a patch of woodland next to the cow field and adjacent to the Winter Garden -then she will get to see us all, and can root up the wood for me and clear up the weeds and brambles.