Farm News

Animal Rescue!
Animal Rescue!

Having said good bye to the guests on Saturday morning we immediately had a two-legged visitor at the front door, making the loudest noise!  I knew straightaway it was a wild duck calling her young and thought no more about it.  However, the noise continued endlessly so I decided to investigate.  There were no ducklings…

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Everyone’s happy – Stephen gains a car, Dad a discount, and the dogs, their freedom!
Everyone’s happy – Stephen gains a car, Dad a discount, and the dogs, their freedom!

Our 2 collie cross dogs, Sooty and Sweep, have become more and more promiscuous recently and our long suffering neighbour 3+ fields away is starting to  lose her patience, understandably so.  Every time one of her bitches is on heat, Sooty and/or Sweep ensure they are present to take advantage of the situation!  So there was…

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New life
New life

The most memorable story recently was when Dad came out of hospital having had a total knee operation and I was frantically wondering what to do with a ewe who was obviously in trouble lambing.  In the end, Dad supervised on crutches, I held the ewe and one of our guests drew the lamb under the watchful eye of all his…

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Spring has arrived!
Spring has arrived!

I’ve decided I’m a blog hibernator; now the lovely weather has descended I’ve crawled out from under my blog stone to update you all on developments at Huntlands Farm Bed and Breakfast. The last two months have been extremely busy and we’ve managed to finish decorating the downstairs Georgian front; we…

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2011 round up
2011 round up

What a month December has been.  There is something in the human brain that makes us believe we need to get EVERYTHING finished before 31st December or is it just me?!?  My lack of news items is mainly due to my lack of knowledge when transferring photos from my mobile phone to my laptop as well as the fact that I have…

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Herefordshire Mistletoe
Herefordshire Mistletoe

Last Tuesday saw the first mistletoe auction at nearby Tenbury Wells which always indicates to me that Christmas is on its way! Tenbury Wells mistletoe season and festivities start in mid-November with the switch on of the town’s Christmas lights and events continue until mid-December.  During this time National Mistletoe…

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Herefordshire cider
Herefordshire cider

For the past couple of weeks we have experienced the aroma of apple juice every time we venture outside.  This is because the cider apples have been harvested and collected in the yard ready for transportation to the cider making plant. With over 9,500 acres of cider orchards in Herefordshire, the county produces well over…

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Climbing Chickens – Erratum!!!
Climbing Chickens – Erratum!!!

My in-house Editor, aka my father, has informed me that my chickens do not roost in a eucalyptus tree but a Mediterranean pine which was grown from a pine cone by my late Grandmother. My Grandmother was the local primary school teacher in the village of Whitbourne; she grew the pine tree in class from a seed taken from a cone…

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Wild ducks
Wild ducks

I had so hoped to keep you all up-to-date with life on the farm but the problem has been that life on the farm has been so busy there has been no time for anything else. The beginning of the year is always our busiest time with the demands of the newborn lambs and their mothers. Ewes always seem to give birth in the early hours…

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Spring lambs
Spring lambs

When I took these photographs I thought spring had arrived but I’m not so sure today; the rain hasn’t stopped since yesterday and the poor sheep in the fields are really suffering.  Sheep don’t like rain at the best of times, but when they are carrying babies even more so.  Hence, our workload increases in such…

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