March 2019

After a warm spell in February, the weather changed and it has been a challenge to make much progress with the horse box, the lower section will be pale green and the roof will be a cream colour (one side is completed and if the weather stays dry long enough this will soon be completed)! This week it should be possible to make some progress inside the horse box, which will include adding new entrance door and partition.

We have added another two chickens to our collection, they are a rare French breed called 'La Fleche' - Suzy chose these as they lay white eggs and they are both laying well. Suzy has been busy preparing a programme of craft activities for her friends in the Lifton area, those white eggs will be useful for the egg painting workshop.

By the beginning of April, we should have some photos of our Bell Tent, our first foray into the world of glamping (camping for people who like their extra comforts)!

February 2019

Snowdrop planting on 2nd February was a great day, we had a good crowd of people joining us. We managed to plant over 400 snowdrops along the lane that goes past our camping field and we look forward to adding more each year. Snowdrops were planted in memory of loved ones by visitors from Tavistock, Plymouth, Horrabridge and we planted some for friends unable to join us from Reading and Folkestone.

With all the warm weather we have been able to improve the gardens, we have removed several large tree stumps that were causing a trip hazard on the lawn and in the orchard area. We have even been out on the lawnmower to ensure that the camping field is ready for any visitors - we have several bookings for September already this year!

We have also been improving the gates around the grounds, soon they will all be easy to open and close - well that is the hope! Wooden gates have a habit of swelling in the wet weather and then drying out in the summer. The sheep haven’t been helpful either as they enjoy leaning on the gates to see if they can break free!

January 2018

During 2017 we concentrated on preparing ourselves for the challenge ahead. We now have 8 acres of land to develop; some will be devoted to camping, some will continue to provide valuable habitat to local wildlife and some will be used by our farm animals. The land has been grazed most recently by sheep and all the fields are enclosed by established Devon hedgerow. The River Thrushel runs at the bottom of one of our fields and the river bank provides opportunities for fishing.

We've already started work on  maintenance and improvements:

  • repairs to an outbuilding roof
  • chimney swept to remove nests
  • logs delivered for wood fire in lounge
  • oil delivered for central heating
  • shrubs pruned and bulbs planted in the garden
  • decorating in the lounge and bedrooms
  • repairing gates
  • trimming overgrown hedges and trees
  • clearing space for our chicken run and coop
  • redecorating the lounge
  • replacing outside lighting
  • installing bird feeders
  • registering with authorities so we can keep sheep and pigs