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‘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

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Why not ‘take tea’ in stunning surroundings?

Set in a dramatic river gorge and surrounded by ancient woodlands, this tea room and National Trust shop are well worth a visit. The area of Watersmeet and Countisbury comprises 2,000 acres of wonderful walking country with breath-taking views and

Posted in Beach, gardens, walks, Wildlife

Honiton Show – Thursday 4 August 2016 – Be there!

The show is held annually on the first Thursday in August and has grown to be one of the largest one day agricultural shows in the country.  The venue is in the heart of the East Devon Countryside on 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

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Early summer at Hele Payne Farm……

This is one of my favourite times of year in our quiet corner of Devon. Our spring crops have been planted and are thriving in the warm sunshine.  The grass has been growing so well that it is now time

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Why not visit Killerton House and Gardens?

Killerton House is a particularly elegant 18th century building, surrounded by eighteen acres of landscaped and parkland gardens.  They boast a wide variety of unusual trees and shrubs, collected by some of the great Victorian plant hunters. There are also

Posted in gardens, Restaurants, walks

John Wayne remembered!

Daisy was the best, kindest cow I ever had the pleasure of owning; a really gentle lady.  She was a Friesian cross Hereford and, as is typical of that cross, black with a wide, white face, 3 white socks and

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Try the Tarka Trail!

The Tarka Trail is a series of footpaths and cycle-paths around North Devon that follow the route taken by the fictional character of Tarka the otter, in the book of that name written by Henry Williamson in 1927.  It covers

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

Motorsport in stunning surroundings……

Situated in the picturesque grounds of Wiscombe House, some drivers believe that Wiscombe Park is one of the most, if not THE most, challenging hill in the national championship.  Once you have witnessed the drivers fighting their machines through the

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Cows wait for the Cuckoo!

The sound of the Cuckoo is becoming increasingly rare, so I was pleased to hear a neighbour say they had heard the Cuckoo one morning. My father in law always used to say that the cows couldn’t go back out

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