10th June 2020
Proper connectivity at last

 For many years we and our guests have struggled with BT's risible broadband speeds which have frequently been as low as 1Mbps download and 0.3Mbps upload

For many years we and our guests have struggled with BT’s risible broadband speeds which have frequently been as low as 1Mbps download and 0.3Mbps upload. We tried to resolve this under the Universal Service Obligation “con” with no luck so pre-lockdown we sorted a suitable alternative and now, thanks to Ashley and a colleague from Fli-Fi.co.uk we’re reaching speeds of up to 80Mbps download and 15Mbps upload. vive la difference!


6th May 2020
Calving officially reached the half-way point today

 It is hopefully auspicious that our biggest ever bull calf was born this morning exactly marking the half-way point in our calving period.

It is hopefully auspicious that our biggest ever bull calf was born this morning exactly marking the half-way point in our calving period. After a brief spell of R&R mothers and babies are released from their winter quarters into luscious green fields of grass bursting with goodness. One of the delights at this time of year is to see our cows and calves turned out after their time indoors and their delighted reactions.

What a lovely time of year with new born calves and lambs cavorting around the fields enjoying their freedom and, this year, a very mild and sunny April and May. Such a shame that COVID-19 restrictions have meant that we have no holiday cottage guests to witness these magical moments.


19th April 2020
Busy calving and lambing

With the country in lockdown there’s at least some comfort to the normal hectic routine of calving and lambing. Whilst it’s still far too early to count chickens (or lambs of calves!) we’ve been delighted that the many first time mothers, particularly in the herd, have not had complicated births. Of course the weather helps although, strangely, we now find ourselves wishing for a bit of rain to help the grass grow. What a sadness that there are no holidaymakers in our cottages to enjoy the weather and see the new-borns.


31st March 2020
Nature's balance

With the world seemingly in meltdown (or certainly lockdown) as a result of COVID-19 nature’s rhythm continues unabated. We were delighted to see Maggie, one of our pet Muscovy ducks, arrive in the yard this morning with her troupe of new ducklings. We also greeted our first Swallow this morning, tired but relieved after its long journey from Africa. In these trying times these simple pleasures provide great joy and hopefully we will all soon be able to resume our normal lives.


17th March 2020
Spring is now upon us"

"With the world seemingly in meltdown with Coronavirus it’s comforting that the natural rhythm of things is unchanged with regard to our livestock. Currently North Devon has escaped any outbreaks of the virus and the first rays of sunshine continue to contribute to a sense of optimism at the start of our lambing and calving season."


20th January 2020
Annual "Boys" Day

We’re not sure that we can call it a “boys” day any more, or certainly for much longer! Last week saw a repeat of the annual gathering of Will’s friends on his shoot day. A great time was had by all and it was good to see old friendships being renewed and reinforced.


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