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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.

striding out

The Croft7 goslings are rapidly growing.

Goslings and dancing butterflies, wetland meadows. Life on the Croft.

Our three goslings are getting out and about with our goose and gander enjoying new life and sunshine. 

   We are trying to work out a decent regime for managing the land to encourage more of the wildflowers, meadow sweet, ragged robin, ladies smock, marsh marigold, scabious, sneezewort being some of them. The green veined white  butterflies have been busy at the ladies smock\  cuckoo flower plants probably laying eggs on the stems and leaves since this is a food plant for the species.


EXCITING NEWS    The    OUT THERE  IN TORRIDON   Nature Writing Festival  

Inaugral  Festival,   28th July 2012   1p.m.  -  11.30 p.m.   Loch Torridon Community Centre

CROFT7  launches  OUT THERE

DAY TICKET  £10   , writing workshop in afternoon £5.00,  evening readings and music £7.50   all based from    Loch Torridon Community Centre.


Spring willow planting on the croft

We have started our spring time planting down on the croft starting with over 400 willow cuttings, Salix viminalis,candida, 
nigra. There have been some great sunsets over Loch Torridon. Candida is a shrubby willow and should give us good firewood sticks in four years time.

Sunset over Loch Torridon
Sunset over Loch Torridon
Sunset rom the croft
 : Loch Torridon Sunset
Loch Torridon Sunset


Muscovy Duck,an egg a day from our muscovy duck and on pancake day Throve Tuesday), pancakes made from our own duck eggs and lashing of fruit from last years, red currant blackcurrant and raspberry harvest. Muscovy ducks are native to Mexico, they large amusing clown like with nig broad bodies, wagging tails, and the males hiss rather than quack they are ducks with attiude. They live in a big rushy pen over planted with willow down on the croft. This year we have had a lot of rain through out the autumn and winter which they have enjoyed.

The Croft7 Hens

Our hens have been surviving the continuous wet winter weather and provide us with 3-5 eggs a day, they run free range in our forest garden area of the croft. Recently they have been scratching away on the banks of the croft burn where the ground is drier and quite sandy. We cleared gorse from the bank and have been planting a mix of fruiting trees along the cleared ground. Amelanchier, John Downie  (Crab Apple), Sea Buckthorn. On occasion we will use the hens as    chicken tractors

Looking North East, Fasaig Village 1960`s

Write your post here.FASAIG IN THE EARLY 70`S,   always looking for old photos between National Trust Centre and CORRY CHURCH

picture from John Charnley collection

New Planting on the Croft

 Two buzzards hunting over the Torridon crofts today,   one was very high `mewing` and soaring yesterday in the cool blue  air but strong sunny day following a frosty night.   But things warmed up a bit today and it was possible to plant up some recently bought bare rooted trees, Amelanchier `s or Juneberries\Shadbush which will grow and produce sweet black elderberry sized fruits after a show of hundreds of white petalled flowers in May. Sea Buckthorn was also planted for its vitamin rich orange berry crop, crab apple James Downie, Blackthorns.


Working down on the croft today was one of those special days.  I was busy planting raspberry canes in a 10 metre bed, having lined the bottom with cardboard and then infilling with a layer of seaweed topped with a deep layer of compost. Whilst I was doing this I got a sensation of a shadow going over, it has been a bright sunny but cool day after a night of frost.
Looking straight up a very large broad winged bird with slow moving  wings was flying up above me , a golden eagle which made its way with the same slow wing beats into the distant corrie of Beinn Alligin.