We have had a full calendar this year with an increase in workload and interesting visits to craft work shows
throughout Scotland. We fitted in an holiday on the South Uist machair which refreshed us and gave great inspiration for the future.
We have continued to do work on the croft and are seeing the results in greater numbers of wildflowers breaking through the rushes which we cut back twice a year. Our ducks have produced more ducklings and we have had a steady return in eggs from the poultry and vegetables and fruit from our raised beds.
We have had to continue to be vigilant against break in by red deer and now have an increasing population of rabbits on the Torridon croft land generally. This as resulted in some losses and damage to crops grown in our raised beds and as meant erecting rabbit netting to try and enclose the vegetable growing area.
We have increased the goose grazing areas and hope to also grow a grain crop such as small oats and Bere in the future.
These grains may be suitable as feed for our poultry and perhaps to create some further personal food from the croft.