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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

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

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

Posted in Cows, Member Farms, Wildlife

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

Finding Fred……….

Life is never dull on the farm and you never know quite what is going to happen next.  Last week Roger, the farmer, headed out to repair some fences.  The next thing I knew, I had an agitated phone call

Posted in Member Farms, Wildlife

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

Posted in Farm Dogs, Member Farms, Wildlife

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

Little Comfort Farm Diary

This week, we have taken a lovely blog post from one of our farms, Little Comfort Farm, who recently held a charity open garden day. You can read all about it here… We were blessed with one of those wonderful,

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Beautiful Moths at Smallicombe Farm

This week, we have a wonderful blog post from a recent guest at one of our farms. You can read all about his experience here. My wife Caroline and I drove down from Scotland to stay at Smallicombe Farm for

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