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Croft7 April - September 2013

.  We have had a good egg production from our ducks, hens, geese this season but the hens became less viable with the changing weather patterns. We have five goslings and some new hens and a cockerel. We have continued to build up the fertility of our raised beds and have had a reasonable salad leaf, herb and potato harvest and have some leaves to continue through the winter months into next spring.

   We had a workshop visit from participants in a Growing Food in Woodlands workshop and seminar which Croft7 organised and hosted for the Community Woodland Association. Les and Sheila both attended
the Community Woodland Association Conference in the Isle of Skye and the Scottish Wild Harvest Association Annual gathering and AGM at Carn o Mhor wineries, Errol, Perthshire. Both of which were inspiring events.
                                                                                           Sheila is carrying out a Lichen and Fungi dye workshop for Plantlife at Falkland Centre for Stewardship on 2nd November. Les is attending a Forest Garden workshop at Lael, Ullapool on 12th of October which is the next stage in the workshops around the CWA`S  Growing Food in Community Woodland project.
        Croft7, is grateful for the help of neighbours at Fuaran, Torridon when they are away from home and can rely on the livestock being fed and watered and housed overnight from fox, pine marten and other predators.
             Orange Tip butterflies, small tortoiseshell, green veined white, peacock, have been seen on the croft, a lot of Northern Eggar caterpilers on the croft during September, Heron, White\pied wagtails, willow warbler, chiff chaff, reed bunting, meadow pipits, herring and lesser black back gulls, robin and wren all seen on the croft. Sea Eagle, Buzzard, Golden Eagle all view over the sea or on the mountain slopes from the croft and ravens``gambolling` and calling below Liathach.
First Stag roaring September 18th just beyond Torridon Stores on Liathach slopes.
           All the wetland wildflowers have been plentiful this season, Meadowsweet, Ragged Robin, Sneezewort, Marsh Marigold, Scabious the increase in part due to the cutting back of rushes in the autumn and early spring.  A new plot  on drier ground which as been used in the past in a series of raised beds\ lazy beds as been fenced off from the deer and cultivation begun. Also rushes cut back to give geese a larger grazing area in future when not in breeding, nursey pens.
        A visit to the croft and Torridon from 26 American visitors from the University of Montana Western is scheduled for 6th of October and hopefully further exchanges of information and visits will follow in the future.

SEEDS OF TIME AND CHANGE MOVE ON
SEEDS OF TIME AND CHANGE MOVE ON
Views from the croft ever inspiring
Views from the croft ever inspiring
Common Blue Butterfly on the hillside
Common Blue Butterfly on the hillside
Sheila continue to exhibit her feltwork
Sheila continue to exhibit her feltwork
Moon over the hills and loch
Moon over the hills and loch
Ben Damph
Ben Damph
Work to improve the raised beds continues
Work to improve the raised beds continues
Aspiring to mix veggies and other flowering plants for pollinators and dyes
Aspiring to mix veggies and other flowering plants for pollinators and dyes
Our new cockerel and hens Aug 2013
Our new cockerel and hens Aug 2013
Himself
Himself
Woodland Crofts still going up the political agenda for new entrants to woodland and croft management
Woodland Crofts still going up the political agenda for new entrants to woodland and croft management

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