Monday, 20 December 2010

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Windows in the holiday cottage

The windows are in the holiday cottage!!

Friday, 10 December 2010

Carpark is finished!

The car park is now finished!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Permissive access map


The map is all finished for our permissive access on the farm - check it out!

Monday, 15 November 2010

New parking area

The new parking area for the permissive bridleway and farm walks has started again supported by the Higher Level Scheme (HLS) - so exciting!

Monday, 8 November 2010

New disabled access to the Baptism Pond

The first of our capital projects paid for by the Higher Level Scheme (HLS) is a disabled access pond to view the Baptism Pond and the vineyard - a really exciting development

Monday, 1 November 2010

Monday, 25 October 2010

Autumn Berries

Autumn is so full of colour and lots of berries this year - a sign of another snowy winter??

Friday, 22 October 2010

Grass mix in the autumn

The grass margin plots - these plots promote spaces for beetles and invertebrates

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Moles are busy

The moles are busy in the fields amidst the stubble!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Pest controllers having a debrief!

The cats have taken to meeting on the bonnet of a car for a quick debrief!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

I loved these guys!



I could not resist these guys when I saw them on my travels in the Cotswolds - a mix of traditional breeds and full of individuality.  Suckler cows have such a strong mothering instinct and they are very protective. there was a strong wooden fence between me and their calves when I took the photos!

Friday, 1 October 2010

Phacelia plot



The previous photos have been of a mix of plants fodder radish, phacelia, and mustard (but only a small amount) - you cannot see the tritcale in the photographs but they contain this plant too to provide seeds for birds later in the season. This plot is just phacelia and it is vey busy.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Bees in September

Bees love phacelia and we are looking at ways of encouraging it to flower in September and October so that the bees can access food all through the autumn. Great to see the bumble bees still as busy. There is no shortage of bumble bees on our farm!

Flowers for bees and butterflies at the end of September


Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Wheat in the store

After all the rain we have finally got the wheat in the grain store to feed the chickens for the coming season. Hurray!!

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Holiday cottage

The holiday cottage is coming together... very exciting

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

History Walk

On September 11th we held a history walk on the farm - a great afternoon.





Sunday, 12 September 2010

Poppies

The fragility of red poppies ...

Friday, 10 September 2010

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Winter bird table

The plots are ready in waiting to provide a source of seeds for seed eating birds to help them through the winter - mustard, fodder radish and sunflowers.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Floristically enhanced plot

The daisies are long gone now, but the plot is still a source of activity for insects both crawling and flying and still beautiful to the eye.
Can you see the spider's nests in the flower head - full of baby spiders when you get up close!



Sweet clover

The sweet clover has also been providing nectar for the bees all summer.
The flowers have nearly all gone now and much of the aroma, but it has kept the bees happy for months!

Red clover plot

The red clover has been magnificent this year - check out the activity on the trial plot.



Butterflies galore on the trial plots

This month the butterflies have been breath-taking - I hope my photos do them justice!




Not sure about the blue one is it a holly blue - any ideas??