Chicks on the way

This is one of our fertilised eggs in the incubator

Fertilised EggYou can clearly see some blood vessels developing in the egg, which is due to hatch on Sunday 17th of May…can’t wait.

We have done OK, out of the 20 Buff Sussex eggs 13 appear to be developing and 7 out of the 12 Blue Wyandottes are also on their way. Watch this space!

Poultry Partnership

Jackie has always wanted chickens, but we felt that the courtyard was not the place to keep them. Step in our neighbours Meg and Simon, they have chickens and in November last year we first helped out on feeding duty.

ChickensSubsequent conversations over supper brought in the concept of a poultry partnership… they have the field, hen hut and some chickens…we have a deep desire to have all of those things!  You may ask what are we bringing to the table? well, looking after them takes time and some commitment and we can provide that which also gives them some time off. The concept has come to reality today; we attended a rare breed auction and fought of stiff competition with aggressive bidding and have successfully bought  some fertilised eggs. These are now in to our poultry experts incubator and hopefully fluffy chicks are on the way. We have gone for some Buff Sussex and Blue Laced Wyandottes, these will be added to the existing chickens and so our poultry partnership is now a reality.

Egg chicken montageSo if you come and stay with us we can provide fresh free range eggs and if you are up early enough you can even help collect them!

Official Opening of the Boiler Room

Over the Christmas period we have had a visit from the Berry clan. Jean has not seen the boiler installed since she helped us out with a loan to help us buy it. So we hid a big ribbon behind the boiler room door and literally opened the door and handed her a pair of scissorsopening ceremonyUnfortunately we only had one chance of the picture and George hadn’t quite managed to get into the frame….sexy right ear and hat though.

A Long Time Coming

We have had some grief from some of you recently that we haven’t up-dated the blog for a while! There is a reason for this, we have had a major job that we wanted to show from start to finish and now we can.
Before and after

We think the West Barn was one of the things that stopped folks from buying Town End Farm.
Because of the dangerous nature of the building we could never have opened the Long Barn for business until we had made the West Barn safe. It was quite a process to get from before to after, so if you’d like to see the eight step plan of how to re-build a barn click here.

Pickering Wartime & 1940’s Weekend

Every October Pickering hosts a wartime weekend where people make an amazing effort dressing up in fantastic costumes.PIckering paradeWhat makes this even better is that the steam railway get involved and there are different events at each station on the line.  A lot of thought goes in to the costumes, everything from evacuees to generals.Steam locoWe even got into the act this year with Jackie being a land girl and Ian a sailor.4 of us