Spring is here?

Dare I say Spring is here? Have spotted almond blossom, daffodils and hawthorn blossom.

Digger fun

Getting stuck in with the digger clearing an old mound full of rabbit holes to make space for a chicken run in the Spring. Eggciting times!

Wild Games

Outside games in the orchard this afternoon with the kids using cards to identify natural features.


Mistletoe from our orchard hanging in our kitchen.

Rose petal Christmas cards

Been busy making Christmas cards using bright red rose petals collected from our garden. I used some Christmas themed paper punchers to make reindeer and snowflake shapes in the petals.

Advent calendar

Ready and waiting for 1st December! Kids are excited. Filled with chocolate, charity shop mini treasures and reindeer food for 24th December.

November begins

Today November begins with a cold crisp day. The orchard looks really autumnal with fallen leaves, rotting apples and bare branches. The bonfire is ready for the coming weekend celebrations. And the fieldfares have returned from abroad to feast on the leftover apples from this years Cider harvest. Our apple wood logs have been put…

Apple Day

Visited Barrington Court National Trust property, near Ilminster in Somerset. It was great fun watching the apples being collected, and pressed. We also tasted the end product and made some apple animals. Find out more about Barrington Court

Autumnal day

Autumn in the orchard with lots of fallen cider apples, crunchy leaves, redsun, crazywinds and new chicken house

Autumn harvest lunch

Had a hearty lunch yesterday of butternut squash soup with a Roquefort flan made with our own pear and apples. It was rather delicious!

Apple picking starts

Today on a sunny September afternoon is the first day of picking up the cider apples. Vernon from Countryman Cider has popped by with his apple picker machine to collect this years crop. He will make a few trips to collect all the apples he needs to make this years batch of Countryman Cider. Today…

First light of fire pit

This weekend we finally lit our orchard themed fire pit complete with apple wood logs from our orchard, glass of Loaders Farmhouse Cider, and sausages from Tim Potter Butchers The fire pit was commissioned from a local company called Dartmoor Fire Pits The design of our fire pit is unique is based on the seasons…