Amongst all the everyday life at Highclere, the events, the office administration, meetings, marketing, accounts work, farm, gardens and diary organization, are the animals; a growing collection of horses, dogs, sheep, chickens and now pigs. I have been re-reading Charles Dickens who wrote in the very aptly named ‘Great Expectations’: “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
This weekend has reflected such March days, which the Anglo-Saxons called hreð-mónaþ – hréðe, an adjective means savage, rough and it is a month in which the wind, rain and fast moving skies can charge at us.
This spring, following tradition, we have already enjoyed varying strong and rough weather but are looking forward, in no particular order, to foals, lambs and piglets but, to my husband’s huge relief, definitely no puppies! Last year’s puppies are still barely full grown and Geordie feels we have quite enough dogs to be going on with. He is not quite sure, in fact, how there are quite so many dogs…
Last Wednesday night, the first foal was born. It was late, so we had more broken nights than I feel is strictly necessary at my age waiting for it, but finally the foal began to make its way out of an increasingly restless and uncomfortable mare. He was, and is, quite a large foal and it took a huge, tiring effort to push him out. My husband said “is this normal?” Maggie and I both said “yes” looking at each other and Maggie helped straighten a leg whilst we also called the Phil the vet for back up (not in the end needed). We spent a further two hours with mother and son until the foal had not only managed to stand but had latched on to drink. That is a fabulous noise, his pink tongue very visible and the milk running. Nicknamed Rocky, as he wobbled back and forth on his long legs, he was just three hours old, when we left mare and foal together, both exhausted, Rocky now collapsed onto a thick bed of banked up straw with his mother proudly standing guard, nuzzling him. Thank you Maggie for all your care!
Despite the lack of sleep, it is always a magical experience watching a birth and one I will never tire of. Meanwhile, the lambs are not really due until later in the month, although we do already have four lambs. In another ten days it will be full on for the shepherd and team and Geordie and I tend to turn out later in the evening to lend a hand if needed. We can at least fill the water buckets.
It is the first time, however, to experience a pig farrowing and I think that may be at the end of March so I hope Thelma and Louise will cope themselves but I am sure Simon the farm manager will be a great team leader for this enterprise. I am still so excited about our two pigs and what they have achieved in terms of bringing the old orchard area back to life. The stream is running well with the land draining well and the soil turned. I have read that they could have 12 to 14 piglets each and my instinct says I need to find more fields for them to work over. Of course, technically it is not a herd of pigs but a “drift or drove of pigs” if they are youngish pigs whilst a group of older pigs is a “sounder of swine” which is a fabulous collective noun.
In the meantime we have births of a different sort as the bulbs come up all over the parkland in the glorious sunshine we have been enjoying here. My husband is not quite so joyful however because some very expensive bulbs he planted in the White Garden seem to have been eaten – probably by the squirrels but they definitely are not happening which means there are now gaps in the border. Elsewhere other bulbs, carefully planted by Paul and his team, have gone overboard and instead of waiting until Easter and our Spring opening, which is what they were supposed to do, have decided to spring into glorious bloom now.
For once I think he believes the animals are being distinctly better behaved than the gardens although I think the puppies have dug a few enthusiastic holes in the lawn which I might not admit to on their behalf…
Thank you so much for the nice pictures. I’m in California and we’ve got quite a bit of rain. I dearly want to go on one of your tours. Hope I’ll see that lush grass someday.
What an amazing post, Lady Carnarvon!
Best wishes for Rocky!
I look so forward to your newsletters. Thank you for including us on in your daily lives at Highclere. Such a magical place 🙂
Best wishes to all!!
Thank you – it is.
What a lovely read to start my day! Thank you.
I believe you are about a month ahead of us here in Ohio. It makes it interesting to read-reminding me of what’s coming in April, forcing me to get organized! I love looking at the pictures, bringing back wonderful memories of when we were there and looking forward to June when we will again enjoy Highclere at the concert and event afterward. So excited!
Enjoy all your babies! Nothing better. We have 2 lab pups right now. 1 Chocolate and 1 black velvet.
That’s amazing, I can’t wait to tour Highclere! We will be touring Sunday, April 14th so excited.
Thanks for always sharing.
Hope to see you !
Thank you for the honest reminder that managing an estate like Highclere is not all events and parties. It is, at its simplest form, much an every day farm; just on a bit grander scale. And thanks to your colourful description, I can almost visualize the Earl’s exasperation with the dogs & puppies. 🙂
Happy Spring, Lady Carnarvon. May you and all of the new lives coming forth to the estate prosper!
Thank you – it is hard work but very rewarding.
Lovely read to start my day.
With many thanks for starting my Monday mornings on such a charming note!
And how refreshing to read your well written words and learn a thing or two from each of your entries.
Its especially wonderful to envision myself in the ever changing British weather as I sit in the Florida heat.
I look forward to next weeks topic.
With kind regards.
I so enjoy starting my week with your blog. I hope one day to visit Highclere.
Please do – we’d love to welcome you here.
Another picture of new life continuing the proud traditions of Highclere. The warm and drier weather coming does bring new beginnings. Thank you again for your “picture stories” and the real pictures!
You are truly celebrating the “birth” of spring. I was at Highclere for the Garden Party in 2017 and one of my friends was on the ground in her best “garden party frock” playing with the dogs. I know that see would love to see all of your new babies. I just remarked to her that I never hear anything about cats; I do hope that you have some. Thanks for always making my Monday morning special.
We don’t have any cats as we have a lot of protected wildlife on the estate – especially birds.
Thank you for the lovely pictures, the foal is adorable. I hope you share pictures of the piglets and the lambs when they arrive, cuteness overload is the best bit of Spring!
I am sure the lambs and piglets will be suitably photogenic!
Congratulations on all the new life and new beginnings that spring represents.
Over the last few years, I have come to appreciate anew the weather forecasters who talk of the meteorological season beginning at the start of the month (e.g., March 1 instead of March 21 for spring) because it is easier for them to compare past seasons to this one. Yet it is such a lift to think of winter being over for the most part.
It must be a tad frustrating to have the spring flowers peaking too early. The other extreme is here in the Chicago area this morning where is -18 degrees centigrade with a -29 degree wind chill factor. The high is predicted to be -11 today.
The old saying of “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb is particularly apt today. This cartoon from the Sunday paper was sweet.
We had the most beautiful, unseasonably warm weather last week with clear blue skies and sunshine which gave us (and the daffodils) hope that Spring was on its way. This weekend we have been hit by Storm Freya which has caused high winds and storm conditions across the UK. One of our puppies is called Freya so I know how destructive a Freya can be!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Your Monday blog gets my week off to a wonderful start. I loved your stories about your animals and all the new babies you are expecting in the coming weeks.
Sorry Geordie isn’t experiencing the same joy about his garden. We’ll continue to blame the squirrels for digging up his bulbs. Your secret is safe with me.
Thank you. He is quite despondent as he carefully chose those particular bulbs to enhance the White Border.
Beautiful sense of new life and the earth’s response to responsible care & management- thank you for sharing these experiences. Best wishes for Rocky- Know that experience so well. Congratulations on the new lives expected & your success w/natural clearing by pigs(hogs). You’re in for quite an experience with the farrowing. I like the term “sounder”; I’ll ask my niece about that. She has prize-winning hogs.
Again, thanks for brightening my day as my renovations continue & winter is returning for a bit.
Thank you. It is always a wonderful experience being present when new lives are born.
We are currently digging out from 7 inches of snow! What a delight to see the lovely flowers and the foal. As far as your bulbs that were eaten, if you dust them with foot powder that is used for athlete’s foot before planting , it will deter the squirrels from digging up the bulbs. I do it all the time. Thank you for sharing Highclere with us.
We do dust them with sulphur to deter the squirrels but this year they seem to have developed a taste for it!
Lady Carnarvon, this post is absolutely magical! How I love seeing and hearing about the animal births and the “great expectations” for those to come. I almost feel like I am there amongst you. Please keep us updated with photos of little Rocky and the other baby animals as Spring progresses. I cannot wait to see and here more of them. In these troubled times in the world, the most soothing, comforting thing to me is the observation of nature, the beauty thereof, and the continual re-emergence and growth that happens at this time of year. If we take the time to look, it is truly spell-binding and can lift one from hopelessness to awe.
How beautifully put Bonnie! You are absolutely right that the beauty of nature can help lift our spirits in testing times; one of the reasons I try to get out and walk or ride at least once a day.
Love love love reading your blog! Fell in love with Highclere & you & your family after falling in love with Downton. This native Texan can’t wait for the movie. Thanks for the Highclere update.
We are very excited about it too!
You have transformed Highclere with your animals, your flowers, your renovations. It is amazing to watch your progress. How about those beautiful pigs who transformed the orchard area. Fabulous. Looking forward to all those piglets. As for the white daffodils. they usually bloom much later than any of the yellow ones. I hope that is the case.
Sandie Carpenter, Whitefish, MT. USA
Thank you – it is a work in progress and probably will be for some time to come.
Woke up to a dusting of snow so I really appreciated the reminder of what Spring has yet to bring. Re-birth and renewal not only for the spirit but also for the senses. Reminders of new hope and rejuvenation was welcomed. Enjoy the season.
You are so right Sandy, Spring gives us all hope.
Such a lovely way to begin our week-with spring news from Highclere. We are laboring under a new significant snowfall overnight in New England so the promise of spring is a lovely reminder that this, too, shall pass! Your comments and photography are wonderful. Thank you so much.
You are kind – thank you.
Love reading your blog as the stories remind me of growing up on a farm. So much hard work, frustration, joy, and great expectations. Tell Lord Carnarvon “hi” from the “sheep girl from Colorado”.
Loved your post especially about the birth of the foal Rocky.
Here on the East Coast of the US we have had our fill of snow. We are also looking forward to the flowers. They are trying very hard to stick their little heard up in spite of the snow.
Spring flowers are remarkably resilient and will cope with most weathers.
What a delight to read first thing this morning! Thank you for sharing your wonderful life with us! ❤️
It is my pleasure.
What an amazing post, looking forward to the growth of Rocky and his development!
So are we – he is going to be very handsome.
I’m always surprised by how much more Highclere is than just the beautiful home we saw on Downton Abby. Thanks for taking the time to write this blog each week. It’s a pleasure to experience a little bit of life at Highclere through your writing. Happy Spring!
Thank you. We are a fully working country estate of close to 5,000 acres so there’s always something happening.
How delightfully charming to read of nature’s awakening from the winter slumber at amazing Highclere….for both plants & animals! So magical! May you enjoy a season of the much anticipated birth of spring!
What an amazing blog. You are giving us a foretaste of spring in the middle of Illinois. It sounds delightful at Highclere…thanks for sharing.
We are so lucky to live in such a wonderful place.
I just started to receive this newsletter in anticipation of coming to the Sunday Mother’s Day tea. Excited to experience Highclere. I loved your almost spring report.
Greetings from McLean VA.
Our Mother’s Day tea is always a lovely event – I do hope you enjoy your visit.
Many thanks for your reply. How many people attend the tea at the 2:00 hour? I have begun reading your Almina book. Getting ready and savouring the anticipation of stepping back in time in words and space—
If only for a few hours!!
Are you coming to tea here?
Bravo to mama mare, with help from Maggie and your Ladyship and welcome Rocky. My husband and I relocated from Pennsylvania to the Arizona desert and I must admit to missing spring after a harsh winter. So thank you for sharing the lovely words and pictures. Your blog is a feast for the senses. Many thanks for sharing it with us.
Farah is a wonderful mum, she had Ginger last year but Rocky is her first colt.
I am trying to picture your fictional “predecessor,” Lady Cora, personally attending to the birth of a foal!
Your blog is a delight to read — so happy I discovered it!
March in the eastern seaboard of the US is still knee-deep in winter, I fear. Oh well.
I imagine her foaling clothing would have been much more glamorous than mine!
Thank you for a wonderful blog. The foal is big… well done , Mummy ! I am so glad you took the pictures.. a rare moment. My English neighbours in France have given up their sheep farm in Devon and the Limousin as age marches on and clearing frozen ponds and a well was getting too much for them; but it was always such a joy (if a bit sad) to see the lambs. Matt’s lovely collie reminds me of mine..she was a twce rescued from California and was the cleverest dog (bitch ) I have ever had. I miss her. I miss my chickens too. My daffodils have finished (two single digit cold systems shortened their lives, but the Texas Snowdrops (same flowers but on 12 inch stems ) have come into flower. I am intrigued by daffodils that seem to ‘move’ a long way from the main planting; perhaps there are Cicely Mary Barker’s Daffodil Fairies who plant them at night when I am not looking! Lovely pictures of your foul and furry family. Thank you. Makes me homesick!
Collies are incredibly clever and very easy to train. Daffodils to spread naturally which is lovely to see year on year.
Thankyou Lady Carnarvon for your lovely description of your growing farm! I really enjoy reading your weekly blog. Have you ever watched All Creatures Great and Small? Thankyou again! Teresa Meyer. Seattle, Washington. USA
I do remember watching that – a great series. I always laughed at Mrs Pumphrey and her Pekinese Tricky-Woo.
We have about 10-12 inches of snow here in central NY, the forecast says to expect more…ugh the joys of living in the snow belt off Lake Ontario. So nice to see that spring has come somewhere in the world. Spring is my favorite season new births, rebirth, green, green, green. My sister and I leave for Turks and Caicos on Sunday 3/10 for much needed R & R and Sun & sandy beaches. Thank you Lady Carnarvon for a touch of Spring! It’s been a long Winter here.
Snow is fun – for a time…
I, too, enjoy your posts very much. I live in rainy Southern California which, for us, is a treat and much needed, but part of my heart is in England where I have enjoyed many stays. My husband and I visited Highclere two years ago and enjoyed it immensely. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and animals (The pictures in today’s post are wonderful!). We hope to be back soon!
You certainly keep busy! I love the fact that your husband isn’t sure how you have that many dogs (haha). Such a nice picture that of the mare and its foal. The name of this blog “Great Expectations,” is perfect.
I was pleased with the title, it made me smile also because I have been re-reading Dickens for my Christmas book – I forgot how brilliant he is!
What a wonderful blog this morning – so enjoyed reading about all the new life and Rocky! Can’t wait to see your gardens in person this August!
We have had very deep snow. Lots of rain and flooding. So looking forward to Spring and Summer. All the pretty bulbs are blooming, they may get a surprise as winter is not over here in North Carolina.
Thank you for your lovely blog.
Boo no puppies Still Rocky makes up for that omission
Squirrels had the same problem in previous years.They seem not to have bothered with the new ones I planted last autumn as they are in flower now.
Freya was a bit of an oddity here yesterday.Rained all day until just before sunset then dry with a bit of sun and no wind to speak of. Then around 9pm as though someone had switched a fan on 40 minutes of gusty wind and rain then just as suddenly as it started it stopped
Something to do with being in the rain shadow of the Clwydian range
Seldom get snow in the Chester area either
It was odd – not as bad as I expected which is marvellous and an amazing sky I am about to post on Instagram – it looks like a face in clouds looking down on the Castle!
Thank you for the Dickens reference. This made my mind travel through Pips journeys this Monday morning. As I continued to read it sounds like you are having an adventurous time like Pip. I’m new to your blog/writing. Thank you for sharing your gift of encouragement! After quickly perusing your blog site I have great expectations to make 1 or 2 of your recipes this spring as well as to plant things to bring me joy. Many blessings to you and yours!
How wonderful – thank you!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Ah… Spring… And all the new things!
Any baby, be it a human or an animal brings joy. Rocky is beautiful. Any blooming is a sign of refresh and it feels good.
I envy you!
We have still banks of snow that are hight than myself here in the suburbs of Montreal, but we will get there… eventually! (c ;
Have a great week!
I am in Montreal at the end of April – I am looking forward to it
You are in Montreal at the end of April? Bring a good coat, we never know we’ve had snowstorms in May before!! ( c ; But let’s focus on sunshine for you visit!!! Sunshine, sunshine… my new mantra! LOL!
Yes – coats thank you and a hat!!
It is wonderful to read all of the goings on at Highclere. Looking forward to our visit this August!
Wonderful and the wild flower meadow should be looking good!
Once again great post! Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures. I greatly enjoy seeing the world through your eyes every week. What a way to start the day with your blog! I look forward to it every week
Thank you Patrick – I look forward to posting the blog and feel there is a real community
Thank you for the reminder of the magic of foaling season…such great memories. I always enjoy your essays.
Thanks so much for sharing your life on the estate. I do enjoy your posts.
Spring has sprung here in the coastal South Carolina area – I had to drag out the mower to take care of the very enthusiastic weeds in the back yard. Even today, the grass (among the still-very-happy weeds) is also greening up. Bulbs and trees are flowering, and we’ve started our ‘pollen season’ too (achoo!).
I love spring and all the new life that gets started on the farm. I hope all the mothers have safe deliveries and am looking forward to more pictures of Highclere Farm Babies (maybe another calendar idea??). Rocky is looking great – he was certainly a very large foal for his Mom to birth.
All the best to those who labor to assist the many animal Moms over the course of the coming month. Nothing like reliving a newborn’s care schedule every year if you work with farm stock. 🙂
All the best from Summerville, South Carolina.
Rocky is a powerful little character already!
Good to know the world is still spinning round in spite of it all.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Another wonderful post. I love seeing the pictures of Rocky. He is a charmer!
It was nice to learn all the different terms for groups of animal. Most of them were new to me. But I had a thought as I looked at the lovely field with the Daffodils blooming so happily. How about a “billow” of Daffodils? LOL.
Thank you for a lovely blog.
“A host of golden daffodils” – according to the poet Wordsworth but billow is charming and captures the idea of the wind!
It is so wonderful to see flowers and hear of approaching spring as I sit here in Oklahoma City with a temp of 11 degrees, with the windchill -5 !
Not very warm here tonight !!!
Amazingly precious. Worth every sleepless minute
Good morning Lady Carnarvon from Australia,
Thank you for sharing with us the complexity of life at Highclere Castle. It is truly a labour of love and I appreciate reading your Blog to understand what life is like to run a home like yours today. Julian Fellowes has opened our eyes to a world long gone by, but dear lady your eyes have made our generation understand the complexities of how things work today. Thank you for opening your home to us.
There are so many things I wish to see at Highclere since the Downton Abbey series. Historically speaking the Tutankhamun exhibition sounds amazing. I can’t wait to see this. I just wish I could be there on the 22nd June to be greeted by Carson (Jim Carter) and be able to hear the Downton theme music being performed live. What a magical night that night would be. Sadly we live so far away but look forward to seeing everything in July.
I was wondering if it is possible to see Rocky and Maggie when we come to visit in July? I know I can visit the grounds but are the animals off limits? Looking forward to seeing your home in July. Keep warm.
Ps: You must come to Australia some time soon….. it’s warm !
Thank you – it is all inter-related here as our entire world is, from the soil to the beetles and insects, the birds and bees …
The mares and foals may be in the centre of the park by then – so it may be possible!
Thanks for s vivid description of all things Highclere. I do enjoy your livestock updates. We are cattle farmers here in Goochland County, Virginia, raising miniature Hereford cattle. (Markley Farms)And, like you, are in the waiting mode for our new babies to arrive any day/ week.
Congratulations on your new little colt!! Many thanks
We used to have cattle but gave them up as it made no commercial sense – we have the sheep and like other sheep farmers are praying not to lose the EU market. That is all so sad. They are our neighbours and friends and so close to us, not merely geographically but also in culture and language.
Such fun happenings! I remember our mare’s giving birth in the snow, heedless of the cozy stall nearby. Witnessing births is such a blessing! And the new blossoms springing up are an added joy! In spite of the 10” of newly-fallen snow, here in Connecticut, the sun is shining and the birds are chirping in anticipation of —spring, more snow, ? I’m always thankful for the promise of the seasons that God sends! Enjoy yours!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I’m happy Storm Freya was as strong as forecasted. I belong to Garden Answer Groupies and have 2 Groupies who live in England. They each report damage was minimal. I hope you have little to clean up, also. Spring is only a few weeks away. Enjoy all of your new family members.
We have been lucky!
Thank you so much for your lovely letter and for sharing your photos, especially of Rocky and Mom and the daffodils! Love the updates on all of the animals, especially Thelma and Louise. We’re in Vermont and had yet another light snowfall last night. To say we’re ready for spring, with all of the new life and colors it brings, is an understatement!
I love it when the first vivid green begins to clothe the grey trees..
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Your blog this week about all the new arrivals of animals and plants popping up through the soil is so welcom after the winter we’ve had. Thank you!
Good! It is a trifle cold here today ..
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
With “Great Expectations”, Dickens created a powerful description of English life at that time. You too have conveyed a vivid imagery of the working Estate that is Highclere. Thank you.
May all the ‘great expectations’ of birth in nature – both flora and fauna – be achieved and enjoyed by all who live, work and visit Highclere.
Before concluding, I note that your choice of “Great Expectations“ Is especially apt given that, in the novel, ‘Pip’ spends 11 years or so in Egypt, a country with which the Carnarvon family are famously linked through the explorations and discoveries made by the 5th Earl and Harold Carter.
Thank you – you have a prodigious memory!!
I say much love for new life. Rocky seems like a strong addition and you have shared a wonderful experience. Condolences to your husband for the loss of the expensive bulbs eaten by squirrels in the White Garden. I feel for him. The only remedy might be coffee grounds between the squirrels and the bulbs or metal screens over the beds. I’ve planted tulips in pots because of the gophers and there are squirrels now mucking about. Maybe more hounds to watch over those areas where the squirrels are invading. There can never be enough of Man’s best friend around to guard and guide. Happy Spring…Cheers.
We have actually got nets over and coffee grounds round! They are not all gone..
What a lovely post! I just grabbed “Great Expectations” from my home library. It is the perfect reading material for this month while I am waiting for warmer weather.
As a fan of “Downton Abbey,” I hope to visit Highclere Castle in the near future and see you there! I appreciate all your posts about the “Real Downton.”
Thank you very much !
Many thanks lady Carnavon for this wonderful blog. I really enjoy reading it every monday. I look forward to read every week!!!
Can’t wait to see “ Downton Abbey”: We ‘re a group of sixteen friends from Barcelona who will be staying at Hartwell Castle for a few days and we’ll be touring to Highclere Castle on Sunday, April 7th to celebrate the 65 birthday of one of us. We are so excited.
How lovely – forever young!
Congratulations on receiving Rocky – he’s gorgeous. After several years of squirrels stealing my bulbs I was informed by a master gardener to dust the plantings, below and above ground, with cayenne pepper. Voila! It works. We cheerfully feed our squirrels black oil sunflower seed which they seem to prefer much more than cayenne pepper and we continue to have blooms every year where they should be. Good luck.
We do dust them with sulphur but this year that hasn’t worked. I shall speak to Chef about cayenne pepper!
Thank you for the gentle reminder that Spring is not always bouquets of flowers, Easter Egg hunts, and garden parties. It is the passing of Winter and the birth a new season and life (be it plant or animal). Your blog and writing so put that into perspective.
Your blog, Lady, Carnarvon, gives me such a strong desire to make another trip to the British Isles.
May you have a marvelous and productive Spring.
You must make the trip – we’d love to welcome you here at Highclere.
Ah, Spring, glorious Spring. I live in Minnesota and everyone is still digging out from the record snow we have received so far this winter. Spring is a long way off.
I love the, “Summer in the light and winter in the shade,” quote from Charles Dickens.
Last week I told you about my Christmas book, “The Earth Waited,” waited for the Savior. Poetry and short stories.
What a wonderful place to live, not just Highclere but the lands and livestock. Sweet picture of the little foal and his Mother.
Thank you, this part of England is quite beautiful,
What a lovely visit…the pictures of the NEW BOY and his proud MOM set warm feelings of all that is perfectly beautiful in the SPRING at Highclere Castle.
Thank you for sharing the family adventures with us.
I confess – I’m so jealous of those beautiful daffodils! Here in the Pacific Northwest of the US we had a very odd February – 26″ of snow still on the ground. Will I ever see my tulips and daffodils???
And I did love your comment about Lord Carnarvon wondering where all the dogs came from. It gave me a great laugh for the day! Thank you!
Sometimes it is better for husbands not to know everything!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you so much for such beautiful pictures and update stories at Highclere. I love that you and your husband are such animal and nature lovers. So am I.
I have a very special place in my heart for foaling season living here in Lexington Kentucky. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the birth of a foal being born, and taking its first steps. And I love seeing the mare and foal together.
It’s so beautiful the love you both have for each other. But also the love you have in preserving Highclere not only for yourselves, but also for others to enjoy as well. The Carnarvon Family and Lady Almina would be very happy and proud of you both.
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your very busy and hectic day to share with us all of the happenings at Highclere. And congratulations on the birth of Rocky.
You are very kind, thank you. My husband and I are extremely fortunate to live in such a beautiful place and it is our pleasure to share it with others.
Lady Carnarvon, I enjoyed reading your blog of this magnificent estate. We will visit from the states in late September and early October 2019. The website indicates the visitor calendar has then closed. Are there any tour opportunities still available in that time period? Hoping to visit.
We may well have some guided tours at that time, just keep checking our website https://www.highclerecastle.co.uk/events
Foals, piglets, lambs….and daffodils. What could be a better sign that spring is COMING! It is probably my favorite time of the year.
I had a mustang who gave birth many years ago and I was seconds from watching the entire process as the mare delivered in the early morning. She had her up in three hours time and running in the field. I hear they do that because it is in the nature to be out in the wild and the mustangs are always on the move so the foals have to be ready. It was a beautiful sight to watch her run with her mother through the grass.
In my childhood we had a border collie and we three children were his sheep. He would walk us to school at 7:30 and wait until I got out at 12:15 and walk me home. Then He would go back at 3:17 and pick up my sister and bring her home. My brother got out at 4:00 because he had soccer practice and he, Mombo, would go get him and bring him home. He did this every day and it annoyed the school as dogs were not allowed to stay on the property. They eventually gave up fretting about him because Mombo was clearly driven to pick up his three sheep! He was an amazing dog, always watching out for us. We could go anywhere we wanted in those days as long as we took him along with us.
Have a wonderful week.
Fondly, Diana Squibb ( South Florida)
Mombo sounds like a true sheepdog – caring and intelligent. What a marvellous story.
I so look forward to seeing your new posts each Monday. They are the high point of my otherwise least favorite day of the week!
Thank you for this lovely blog of the Spring “expectations” at Highclere! The colt is adorable and ‘hope to see all the piglets in a photo soon. How lovely are the daffodils, too! Spring is surely coming, here we already have the fields green like rich carpets , and the almond trees are in full bloom. I remember enjoying all the flowers in April when I visited Highclere Castle in 2015. Now I dream of an Autumn visit…let us know if there may be a few private tours/teas in late September, it would be wonderful to meet you and roam the estate…maybe in a horse or tractor pulled cart? Thank you for always sharing the joys of Highclere!
Always a pleasure to read your updates. The coming of spring and all the new lives is always very exciting. Takes me back to my childhood in Norfolk
I am wrapping my arms around all of Highclere and giving everyone a hug. Your photos are the inspiration. Give Rocky a smooch for me.
I just love reading your articles! It makes me feel as though I escape the real world and visit Highclere for just a few minutes! So peaceful and beautiful! I so hope to get there one day! Congratulations on the new addition….Rocky is a cutie!
He is quite cheeky!
Thank you Lady Carnarvon for sharing. I have never seen a 3 hour old foal before. I am a city girl, so you do not experience these things. But the miracle of birth is a blessing. “I love the new birth of spring”.
Welcome to Rocky and may we have an update on Bonny? I am going to go out on a limb and state that here in sunny Southern California we have been having a bit of your kind of weather: much rain, wind and plenty of snow in the higher elevations. There is so much snow that some resorts plan to stay open until July! We are thankful for the rain which means the drought has finally broken.
Have a glorious spring!!
Bonny is so sweet and is one of the chestnut yearlings in to the top photo. She is doing well!
Love your posts of all the goings on at the Castle!!!!! Thank you for sharing!
Such a refreshing post! Full of life. Thank you!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
At -10 C degrees, we are still in a deep freeze, so it is especially lovely to read about the earth warming again and bringing forth new life. Also, fascinating to read about the efforts of the pigs. I had no idea they were able to do such valuable work. Nature and instinct is truly miraculous.
Congratulations on all your new little ones and condolences on the loss of the Earl’s bulbs. (I’m sure the squirrels appreciated his efforts.)
Thank you, for another lovely and welcome post.
Thank you for another wonderful blog and lovely photos Lady Carnarvon. It always does amaze me how foals are able to be up and about so soon after they are born. Such a precious sight!
Rocky was a little tentative, and quite unsteady on his feet – hence his nickname.
We visited Highclere 2 years ago and had tea in the back yard….what a wonderful experience. We enjoyed wandering through the gardens as both my husband and I have been gardeners in the past. We live in Minnesota and still have a smaller garden in our back yard. I loved the daffodils in the picture. I, too, would be upset if my expensive bulbs had been eaten! I am new to your blog and am really enjoying it, especially after having visited your wonderful home.
Thank you for joining!
Thanks Roberta! Enjoy the recipe! Mimi X
Your blog today seemed to bring Spring right into my soul. Thank you for the lovely pictures. Your sharing of the Highclere animals and new babies with more to come this Spring has conjured up even more eagerness in my heart, if that is possible, to get there, which my children and I will be doing this year in late July. Thank you Lady Carnarvon. I love reading your blog!
You should have lovely weather in July ..
I love your detailed description of your home. I absolutely am ecstatic about my visit there in a couple of weeks and hope the weather cooperates. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of spring since my home state of Arkansas in the US has experienced the coldest temperatures all winter this past week. A glimpse of spring will be nice.
Thanks for the beautiful description of spring at Highclere…sounds like a busy time! We visited last summer when everything was so dry, good to see the spring moisture!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
You may have solved a mystery. None of my newly planted Mount Hood Daffodils (white)bloomed last Spring! I share that disappointment.
Could it be that white bulbs are also a delicacy to Virginia squirrels???
Once again, I loved the photos. Spring is my favorite season and nothing heralds Spring better than a field of daffodils. Yours are lovely. Ours have weeks to go, so I bought Paperwhites for an inside Spring!
Rocky is enchanting. Thank you for sharing his birth adventure with us. It reminds us how busy you stay.
Until next Monday …
What a beauty Rocky is! It is a beautiful picture of mother and baby. God bless to all the little animals in your farm. Happy spring.
As always a wonderful and enjoyable post Lady Carnavon. Loved seeing all of the animals especially handsome Rocky and his beautiful mother. Thank you for the great photos too. Have a wonderful day .
I love your essays and pictures, it makes me feel like I am there!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I saw the episode of Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets in which the featured house was Highclere Castle. What an enlightening beautiful visit! You and your husband along with the loyal staff have made Highclere a home! The castle came into our lives as we watched Downtown Abbey. Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets opened our eyes to the wonder of Highclere. My husband and I hope to visit and tour Highclere in 2021 when we come to the U.K. in celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary. We discovered your blog on the Web yesterday and loved the photos and stories of new life at this beautiful place. We live in Arkansas just across the Mississippi River from Memphis, Tennessee. Spring is here too; a most beautiful time of year. We look forward to future stories on your blog and our visit to Highclere!
Mike and Mary Watkins
Thank you -how wonderful!