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Suggestions for your Valentine’s getaway…….

We love Devon and with Valentines Day approaching we thought we’d share our top romantic ideas with you! 1. Beach strolls There are plenty of beaches, sheltered coves or romantic clifftop walks to choose from. Walk along the sandy shore

Posted in AONB, Beach, Boats, Ferry, Member Farms, Pubs, Restaurants, Retail, Shopping, walks, Wildlife

A new website for Hele Payne Farm – a truly family affair!

  Over a year ago I read an article in a marketing magazine advising that all websites should be updated every 3 years.  This made me question my own website, which had been in place for 8 years, and my

Posted in Calves, Cows, Lambs, Member Farms, Pubs, Restaurants, Sheep, Wildlife

In search of the willow tit………

We were delighted to be contacted by the ‘Devon willow tit project’, an ambitious but much needed project, which has been developed in partnership by Devon Birds, Devon Wildlife Trust and Devon Biodiversity Records Centre. The willow tit (kleinschmidt) is

Posted in AONB, Member Farms, Wildlife

Spotlight on Buckfastleigh

Buckfastleigh is a small, but vibrant market town situated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.  It is a wonderful mix of ancient and modern attractions surrounded by miles of prime Devon countryside, wild moorlands and hidden valleys to explore; a

Posted in Member Farms, Pubs

Winter walks and woodburners…….

Little Comfort Farm sits astride the parish boundary between West Down and Braunton Parishes. The parish boundary stone is on the bridge over the River Caen. From the farm to Braunton is quite a long walk, but from here to West

Posted in insects, Member Farms, Pubs, walks, Wildlife

It’s Carnival Season!

Here in the Westcountry we have a fantastic tradition of evening carnivals.  They begin in early September and run through the autumn and into the festive season.  Our carnivals are spectacular due to the diversity of the participants and the

Posted in Christmas, festival, Member Farms, village show

All the fun of the (Bampton) fair!

Bampton Fair is one of the oldest surviving Charter Fairs in the country, having been granted its Royal Charter by King Henry III in 1258.  It is always held on the last Thursday of October, which this year falls on

Posted in Cows, festival, Member Farms, Pubs, Recipes, Retail, Sheep, village show

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

Posted in Farm Dogs, Member Farms

Whirlwinds and woodpeckers at Little Comfort Farm!

Roger was making silage this week when he noticed a strange bird in the sky, or perhaps it was a flock of birds, about 200 feet up swirling around.  He hopped out of the tractor to take a look and

Posted in insects, Member Farms, Recipes

‘One of the best festivals on the planet!’ Mike Harding – starts tomorrow!!

29 July – 5 August 2016 Sidmouth FolkWeek is a unique week-long celebration of music, dance and song which takes place in the charming East Devon regency coastal resort.  It’s an absolute must in every festival goer’s annual diary.  There has been

Posted in AONB, Beach, festival, gardens, Pubs, Restaurants, Uncategorized, village show