Yearly Archives: 2016

Christmas preparations are in full swing!

Ruby and I went on a great blast of a walk around the farm yesterday to gather holly, ivy and other greenery to start making the Christmas decorations. In the leat on the farm trail the holly was covered in

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Try a spot of bird-watching from a tram!

If you’re looking for a fun day out during your Devon holiday why not take a trip on the Seaton Tramway?  Narrow gauge heritage trams operate between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton, through 3 miles of unspoilt countryside, in East Devon’s

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RHS Rosemoor comes up trumps with a Tramper!

A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed a day out at RHS Rosemoor Gardens near Torrington with my mum, daughter, Kirsty, and her great friend, Mamoona.   Mum, aged eighty-four and a half, is off on another adventure very soon, travelling

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A fantastic evening celebrating all things Devon!

I was invited to be guest speaker at the 7th annual Devon Tourism Awards last week.  Many years ago I won the award for best B&B in the Southwest, went through to the nationals and came runner up to Castle

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Devon Farms’ East Devon team do lunch!

On Tuesday some of the East Devon ladies went for a trip to the Pig at Coombe.  We were given a tour of some of the rooms and gardens and then finished off with lunch in The Folly. We had

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Mary… Oh My Goodness!

I love talking. In fact it is sometimes very hard to shut me up. Looking back through some of my early school reports there are, throughout the years, many comments such as “would do so much better if she could

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Come along to the Hatherleigh Carnival!

This carnival is a very big, annual event in the Hatherleigh/Okehampton area.  It is a long established tradition that the leading frame is 12 torches, representing the 12 months of the year.   In the afternoon is a very well

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Get your scones here! (but eat them the Devon way!)

When my guests arrive after a stressful journey, what cheers them up the most is the surprise of a home-baked cream tea that I have prepared for them.  Of course I tell them which way round they have to put

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A window into the past at Smallicombe Farm…..

Any holidaymakers staying at Smallicombe Farm over the Halloween period need not have worried about being troubled by evil spirits!  A previous guest spotted some strange symbols carved into the wall of the inglenook fireplace and sent a link explaining

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Two options for the ultimate 5th November experience!

The Sidbury Bonfire and Firework display has developed since its inception in 1997 into a major attraction in the East Devon calendar.  The committee of volunteers provide a spectacular event with the fireworks designed and fired by experienced professional pyrotechnic,

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