We went to Lucie's Farm. It is really quite depressing to be back. The weather out there was glorious! Well, it rained, but there was sun for at least one day out of three - intermittently. The place we stayed at, link Whitewells Farm, was really kind of country kitsch, extremely clean, well catered, with fresh duck eggs. Yummy. They had the cutest lab named Caroline, and some giant St Bernard type dogs were staying next door. There were Indian runner ducks and sheep. My only comment was that is was a bit close to the road (I only mention it because we are being super nit picky and trying to imagine our business when real arseholes stay and moan.)
The farm was amazing. There was a turkey named Cranberry who Craig raised from an egg. Cranberry loves cuddles and being tickled under the chin. Lots of his animals are rare breeds. It is strange to think that a lot of farm animals are disappearing because they are not commercially bred for meat. I think I will ask Craig for a list of his animals as I found all that info fascinating.
We saw lots of 6 week old piglets who belinged to a Tamworth mummy pig who was originally from a petting zoo, so she loved knocking us around trying to get cuddles and the cut apples we brought. There was a highland cow calf. Long fluffy red hair..looked like an ewok, and her mum had hugely long hair and giant horns, lots of hair over the eyes. Think Dulux-dog of cows. The bull was so muscly. You could see the definition (ie. steaks) all over its back half. Some of the pigs and cows are quite rare as they are not ideal for growing to eat. We saw endangered breeds if you can believe some cows and pigs are endangered??
Here are some more pics. I am looking a bit rough in some of them. Luckily from 30 years old onwards, you imagine yourself as looking like you did when you're 24. I always wondered how old people coped - now I know. Lucie's Farm own the woods that are pictured. Lots of bluebells growing wild and badgers (we didn't see any). Very "Wind in the Willows". Enjoy. We did.