Jul 01 2013

Summer Draw for Short Break


Summer Draw for Short Break

Like ‘South Torfrey Farm‘ and share this post on to your facebook wall to be entered into a draw for a short break in one of our beautiful self catering Cornish cottages, close to Fowey. The lucky winner will be announced on August 1st.

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Jun 28 2013

A speedy response from RSPB’s head of climate change policy, Harry Huyton


A speedy response from RSPB’s head of climate change policy, Harry Huyton

Guardian Newspaper 28/06/2013: ‘This week an extraordinary animal paid a visit to our shores.

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Jun 21 2013

Cushions and Cook Books


Cushions and Cook Books

Crowned queens of the bedspreads and scatter cushions – me and Clare. We spent Wednesday rushing from cottage to cottage, dressing bedrooms, making cream teas

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May 23 2013

Welcome Ripley and Bailey (and birdie)


Welcome Ripley and Bailey (and birdie)

Took Leo on a visit to the RSPCA today, to choose a couple of bunnies to take up residence in our empty bunny house (vacant since Tommy and Lilly decided to get along so very nicely and co-habit). We were introduced to Ripley and Bailey and, on giving them both a cuddle, and with no ensuing lacerations, we decided to bring them home. With the house check done and all the paper work completed months ago, we were free to box them up, sign some forms, pay the money and leave. Saw birdie – a white cockatiel – on the way out and thought that she might as well come too to join the South Torfrey menagerie. They all seem to be happy and settling in well. In readiness for half-term holiday attention.

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May 21 2013

Wind Turbine Appeal: final inspection


Wind Turbine Appeal: final inspection

9.30 meeting at South Torfrey Farm for the final inspection of the site of the proposed wind turbines (two C & F 20k). Returned from my daily dog march along the cliff a little late (showing Leo the sights – our new student from the shores of Lake Constance), and so only managed a photograph of everyone as they were walking away from the top of the hill back towards the farmyard. Pity, as I wanted a shot of them around one of the mock-up masts. Goodness knows what comes next – suffice to say, I wouldn’t like to be opposite the inspector in a game of poker! Very professional, very straight faced – no room for humour. Understandably. Met too with our main opponent to the planning application, and was invited to accompany the party to view the masts from Lanherriot Farm, across the valley from the site. The invitation was extended to several cups of coffee and biscuits. It was all extremely pleasant (a very hospitable couple). So, my thought for the day: it’s much healthier to talk with neighbours in these circumstances (even those with different hymn sheets from mine) than creating an imaginary enemy within. After all, we’re all trying our best to make the right choices for our given circumstances.

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May 20 2013

Turkey Lurkeys


Turkey Lurkeys

And so it begins …. AGAIN! (hooray!?) 800 day old chicks have arrived, supplied this year by Rutland Organic Poultry : organic breeders of Norfolk Blacks, Bourbon Reds, and Cambridge Bronze ‘heritage’ varieties – a different confirmation to conventional modern hybrids, but with a taste of the past. Turkey with a great flavour, that stay moist and succulent during cooking. We’re excited about rearing this year’s flock and comparing them to our usual Kelly Bronzes. At almost £7/chick, they shall be well cared for!

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May 15 2013

Rotavation


Rotavation

Safety goggles, check .. ear defenders, check .. ill fitting overalls, check. Had fun with the rotavator this afternoon. A few cartoon moments when it ran away with itself, dragging me behind (luckily, no one looking) .. but mostly, all good. Now the piggies field looks LOVELY and ready for sowing tomorrow with grass seed. Then a little rain .. forecast over the weekend (no, really?) and voila! Will go and buy some new egg layers once I’ve reinstated the chicken coup. On legs as before, to keep out nasty critters with sharp teeth.

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May 10 2013

Words and Music .. it’s the Fowey Festival!


Words and Music .. it’s the Fowey Festival!

The Fowey Festival has begun! Excited about seeing the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Seann Walsh and Josh Widdicombe, and Jolanda Brown. Lots more besides .. I’m pacing myself!

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May 02 2013

The Cornish Sea Salt Co.


The Cornish Sea Salt Co.

Honeypin’s bespoke Landmark Kitchen was used today as a backdrop for Cornish Sea Salt Company‘s photo shoot. Delicious photos from friend and super-talented food photographer David Griffen. Great to see you David!

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May 01 2013

Unite and Unite ..


Unite and Unite ..

Unite and unite, and let us all unite For summer is a-comin’ today. And whither we are going we all will unite, In the merry morning of May. A particularly beautiful day for Padstow’s Obby Oss. The town alive with the sound drums and accordions, crowded with locals dressed in their May Day whites and their blue and red neckerchiefs. Warmed by the summer sun, this celebration lifts the heart as well as the pint jar! Walked the 26 mile Saint’s Way path from Fowey to Padstow for another year. To welcome the summer, have a few pints of Doom Bar and to play a part in the pagan festivities. The youngest member of our team preferred to wear his Vans rather than walking boots and ended up blistered and barefoot for some of the journey. Until we ‘borrowed’ a pair of over-sized trainers from a farmhouse in Blable. By strange coincidence the very kind man who donated his shoes turned out to be our chef in the Quarryman’s Arms and cooked our evening meal. Howzat?!

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