June and July
Like the rest of the country we have been sweltering in the hot summer although the temperatures in the southwest were more bearable than those further east. Unfortunately Treacle passed away in June which was a sad loss as he was such a friendly guinea pig. So Fudge did not get lonely we have introduced a new baby guinea pig called Flash. They both get on very well. World Cup fever took hold at Lower Hearson Farm as guests were getting together in the cottages to watch the England games with the flags flying outside. All very exciting. A French family who were staying over the World Cup Final weekend were overjoyed with the result.
April and May
We had a busy Easter with our guests. Our field was too muddy for sheep at the beginning of the month so we popped into our neighbours field to feed the sheep and lambs instead. The field had dried out by the second Easter week so normal service was resumed. The swallows were very late returning this year not arriving until the 25th April. The cold March must have slowed them down. We were relieved to see them here at last. New carpets have been fitted in the Roundhouse and Threshing Barn. All very exciting. A little bit of luxury for our guests. The Threshing Barn also had a new bay window fitted in May which looks fantastic.
We have been so busy getting all our decorating and refurbishing projects completed before the Easter holidays. The Shippon now has a refurbished kitchen which was completed just in time after the first delivery of work surfaces arrive damaged. What started out as a project with plenty of time built in suddenly became stressful! Both Holly and Maple farrowed this month. We have some lovely piglets who will be here with us until the end of May. You can keep up with their progress on Facebook.
January and February
Happy New Year to every one. We have been busy decorating in The Shippon and The Grain Store and have a couple of other improvements in the pipe line that we will let you know about soon. Both Maple and Holly are in pig and due to have their piglets during mid to late March. Plenty of piglet fun to be had during Easter and the rest of April and May! They are tucking up warm in the piggy palace at the moment with Hazel and Ivy providing the entertainment in the middle pen having no responsibilities on their shoulders at present. Everyone had great fun during February half term. The weather was good so our guests enjoyed brisk walks along the beaches and some great pony rides at Dean Farm Riding Stables. Maple and Holly are growing larger by the day. Farrowing day getting nearer and nearer.