Well once again it has been all go in the last couple of weeks, anyone who thinks we live an idyllic lifestyle here on Flat Holm is mistaken! All very exciting… The pub is being finished off this week, just waiting for Matt’s license to come back. A few promotional shots went out to BBC West, because we are now not only going to be serving Cardiff one of the best ‘Wilderness in your backyard experiences’, but from this month, we are also proud to welcome the Westward Ho, A 100 seater beach landing ferry from Weston-Super-Mare. They will be visiting us several times a month throughout summer giving more people than ever the opportunity to discover the wonderful secrets of Flat Holm.
Promotional shot of one of our fantastic volunteers (Ben) reluctantly pretending to drink a pint of cold tea in front of the lighthouse. Thank you Ben.
Wonky continues to amaze us, he’s getting quite
meaty chunky now. He has been weaned off milk and occasionally forgets to run over to us whenever we go outside. He quite often finds his way into the vegetable garden behind the agrished, then can’t find his way out again, hence the picture below..
Gull chicks are starting to appear all over the island, hopefully with a little more rain we’ll have a successful year. Undeniably cute and protected by defensive parents, the chicks often hide in undergrowth near the nest, so if you visit the island you have to be extra careful that you don’t disturb any of the nests, even if they look a bit rubbish and unused.
The lambs are getting big and strong and starting to explore the island for themselves, it’ll be time to separate most of them from their mothers soon and get them onto a mix of pasture and pellets.
In the last week work has begun installing the bar in the pub, including adding a water supply (Hot and cold!) to the barracks. We have also been dagging the sheep (cutting some of the wool from around their bottoms). Dagging sheep helps prevent blow fly strike, a horrible thing for a sheep to get. We also check teeth and hooves to make sure they are in tiptop condition.
Electricians have been working in the Fog Horn Cottage and we can finally report that we have light! This is a major leap forward in the renovation process as it means we can really get stuck in. Unfortunately, due to some bad weather and high winds, the long day was cancelled. Can’t wait for the Flat Holm society weekend, we certainly have lots of jobs to be getting on with!