Boys first... ah yes, The General. Incredibly friendly, happy and dedicated to his job, The General takes delivery of a new wife every month or so and loves her for a few weeks until she is worn out, at which point she is taken away and a new one dispatched to replace her. It's a rock and roll lifestyle.
Trouble - Berkshire Sow
Trouble by name, Trouble by nature, very much a girly girl who distrusts the trailer - it can take three days to move her from pen to pen - hence her name. A good mum who loves her babies
The Ladies - Exmoor Sheep
The hungriest sheep in the entire history of sheep, these six girls can eat a field bald in an afternoon and still scream for a bucket of dinner.
Ima Georgie Girl
Ima Georgie Girl, a 16’3 Irish Draft cross thoroughbred, a grade ‘A’ show jumper and a typical chestnut mare. She is an incredible and beautiful friend.
Collectively known as Honey-Bunny after the couple in the film Pulp Fiction. The couple at the beginning who are all lovey-dovey, 'pumpkin' and 'Honey-Bunny' and then
stand up, brandish guns and start shooting up the coffee shop. They are the gangsters and the terrorists of the chicken field!
Penny Berkshire Sow
Remember the old Cabbage Patch Dolls? Well Penny's the porcine equivalent, bless her, she's so ugly she's actually beautiful. Totally without an ounce of femininity to her nature she clomps through life in a brash, 'what you see is what you get' attitude. A good friend and a solid mum to her young.
Whinny - Berkshire Sow
Whinny is the matriarch of the group, the porcine Victorian grandmother. Pig or sow, nobody goes against the wishes of Whinny and with such a command over the others she is at the heart of the community.
Bee and Amber - The Goats
The chickens are a really nice mix of ex-battery hens, Colombian Black Tail, Black Rock, Hubbard, Marans and Sassos, all with a Jersey Giant Cockerel called Dude.
Dex was offered for sale as the last lot in a livestock auction, he was carried around the ring at eight weeks old. Nobody wanted him because he only had one eye. Nobody, that is, except us. He's such a dude, he rides about on the back of the quad bike, spends all day with the chickens, geese, ducks (he thinks he's a duck), and sheep. He only comes up at night to sleep in the barn with the neighbours farm dogs. He's such a happy, happy boy.
He was the baby of our world, a proper little mummy’s boy who reacts with all the speed of a formula 1 car off the grid to the command, ‘Darcy, cuddle-ups!’ 22.6.2003 - 30.1.2012
Our only little girl and with us such a short time. She came to us 2 weeks after we lost Darcy and left us all too soon April 2011 to 10.12.2012
Our beautiful blue boy , Solomon. A total mummy's boy and one of the mighty 18 born to Maisy - a Danemoor dane. Born on the 23.9.2012, he came to us at 12 weeks old and hasn't wanted to let us out of his sight since. Zoomies round the field is his speciality
Our land totals 20 acres, made up of mixed woodland and fields. It was virtually untouched for 40 years before we bought it and we like it that way!
Although we now have all mod cons like fencing and gates we are very aware of conservation.
We try to leave wide field margins, lay our hedges and coppice our woods to leave a fair proportion of wood lying on the ground. We also leave 'wild' areas in each of our fields. This may only be a 30ft square area of gorse or nettles but the wildlife seems to love it - in particular we have an abundance of butterflies in our grazing fields.
We have hung bat boxes along our paths which seem to be used, even if they are high jacked by birds sometimes! These are incredibly easy to make, if you would like dimensions and photographs please let us know!
We have resident wildlife on our land, including buzzards, herons, badgers, red and roe deer; amongst many others.
We do not spray our fields and prefer to control weeds and bracken with the use of a strimmer, the goats or pigs!