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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

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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

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

Posted in Calves, chickens, Cows, Lambs, Member Farms, motorsports, pets, Rams, Retail, Sheep, Shopping, Uncategorized, village show

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

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

Posted in Beach, Calves, Cows, Lambs, Member Farms, Sheep, village show