Warning - photo heavy post!
It seems like months ago since we came back from Lower Roduish Farm in Exmoor. Of course its only been a week but the sun that shone for us all the time we were there has been sadly lacking since we came back and it feels more like Autumn than summer.
So, our adventures at this years Featherdown Farm location were just as wonderful as last year's in South Devon. The tents were closer together but there was not such a hike between the showers and the tents and the children could play quite happily in the fields with the sheep right in front of us.
There was a bigger mix of animals here too. Obviously there was the sheep, and let me tell you that sheep with lambs are incredibly noisy! We ended up having little conversations with them because we listened to them for so long that we thought we could identify words!
They have a few cows there and this wonderful beast - Marcus the Bull. He "works" for one month of the year having fun with his girls. Its a tough life... ;-)
They have 3 larger pigs and then a little brood of piglets turned up in the afternoon. The children absolutely loved throwing in all our food scraps for them.
It was Louis's 7th birthday while we were away so he had a few presents in our tent.
We were able to eat breakfast outside every morning. Bella and I certainly enjoyed our fresh eggs from the 2 chickens we looked after for the week. We are both big fans of "tappy eggs"!
The birthday boy chose to spend some change in the amusements at Minehead.
He ate LOADS the whole time we were away. No more children's portions for this growing lad - yikes!
We walked up on the moors and looked for deer and The Beast.
The children were taught to groom ponies.
We had a delicious stew cooked in a cauldron.
Louis's birthday treat was to go pony trekking. Can you believe they just let us walk off with two children and two ponies! We expected someone to come with us but they told us the route and off we went. They absolutely loved it and can't wait to go again.
We looked after 2 guinea pigs for the week. This little one is Eilish.
I'm not a fan of these animals but I really fell in love with them and probably held them as much as the children! One of the other children on the farm wanted to have a pet show so we all got our guinea pigs out and paraded them around and he judged a winner! It was hysterical!
We were able to have camp fires and toast marshmallows on long sticks. The close proximity of the tents meant that the adults could put the little ones down and then chat around the fire with a bottle or two of local cider. Perfect.
We visited several beaches. This one is Porlock and the stones were all huge and very rounded which made walking on them pretty fun!
Its a pretty little area with some really quaint houses and a tiny harbour.
Basically we had a ball just being together without work / school / coursework / housework etc.
Even though the tide was pretty much out, the children managed to catch 21 crabs in about 25 minutes!
You literally can't go more than a few feet without finding one.
We brought a few home for our bathroom collection but had to leave behind some truly beautiful and large ones too.
The kids had a great time on the farm with the huge walnut tree and the rope and tyre swing. They played for ages with the friends they met, just romping around the field but where we could still see them.
Our other guinea pig was called Podge and she was the winner in the parade! She got a carrot for her prize from the little boy - bless! I have to admit that I rather fell for this soft little bundle.
I think our favourite thing was the little stream that ran through the field that they played in. It was shallow enough that they could paddle happily with their wellies or crocs but flowing enough that they could race daisies and dried sheep poo along it!
It was wonderful. All of it. The relative peace (other than the wildlife!), the fresh air, the sun, the s-l-o-w way of life, the cream teas, the campfires, the Pimms, and generally just being together without the normal every day stresses. Coming soon to a scrapbook near you ;-)
Bye for now