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Visit the countryside………it’s idyllic!

The telephone rings. “Good morning, Yellingham Farm” “Oh, hello, do you take single women?” Oh no not another one! ‘Yes of course”. I replied. What ensued was the life history of a single lady called Christine. “Well you see Mrs.

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The dreams and reality of a running a farm based B&B!

My dream… to have wonderful children staying at our farm enjoying what they would normally only see on the television or Xbox – real fields, grass, sheep, cows, bullocks, chickens. Before moving to Yellingham we knew that the farm would

Posted in Calves, chickens, Cows, Farm Dogs, Member Farms

Nell’s French beau………..

Oh my goodness! What an amazing dog! I was sitting in the freezing cold at a sheepdog trial in East Sussex. What was I doing there, so far from Devon? I was supporting a sheepdog trial to raise funds for a

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Terry the ram goes to Woolfest

  Terry is a rather handsome Exmoor Horn ram, with an impressive set of horns, and he has just had a short holiday in Cumbria visiting the massive Woolfest show. He was there with Lindy on her Exmoor Horn Wool

Posted in Farm Dogs, Lambs, Member Farms, Rams, Sheep

It’s a dog’s life and it’s a good one!

The life of a farm dog is, generally speaking, a very happy one, especially in Devon where the fantastic variety of countryside provides a wonderful environment for dogs to explore. Our dogs are no exception. They know every inch of

Posted in Farm Dogs, Lambs, Member Farms, Sheep, walks

Judging…….but not as I knew it!

I was so excited after I put down the phone.  Something I had always wanted to do had just been presented to me on a plate – to judge a local pet show.  I absolutely love dogs – particularly my own of

Posted in chickens, Farm Dogs, insects, Member Farms, parrot, pets, village show

Barley’s bad day…….

Every so often one of our five farm dogs has a bad day. Last Spring it was Barley, our Clumber spaniel, who had what he would describe as a very bad day. He is not a dog to over exert

Posted in Farm Dogs, Fox, Member Farms, Wildlife

Sheep pedicure at Yellingham Farm!

With the Rams starting to strut their stuff and curl their top lip in anticipation of what lies ahead, I knew it was time to make sure my Jacobs ewes were fit and ready for “tupping” time. (I love that

Posted in Farm Dogs, Member Farms, Sheep, Shepherd

Farm Dog Stories – shooting season…

It’s the start of the shooting season and once again gundog owners and their dogs get out the dummies for a brush-up on various retrieval routines. Not all gundogs, though, welcome dummy training and our spaniels, the Springers; Jessie and

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Farm Dog Stories – Blackberry picking

Over the past weeks it’s been blackberrying time down on the farm, but not just for us humans.  Foxes, in particular, are keen blackberry pickers, and so are our five farm dogs. Over the years they have learned just how

Posted in Farm Dogs, Member Farms, Recipes, Wildlife