Lambing Time means Spring is Coming!

Forda farm is busy lambing it’s pedigree flock of Charollais sheep at the moment. They were scanned in lamb back in October and came into the lambing sheds in December. These lambs are about a week old now. Soon they will have more lambs join them as the rest of the flock continue to lamb. We aim to sell the male lambs as rams, in around,  eighteen months time to other farmers to use on their own flocks.We will of course keep a ram or two for our own flock. Not only is it lovely to see the ewes and lambs, if you listen carefully the song of the birds certainly lift the spirits. Spring is definitely just around the corner.

Val has been trying out some new scone recipes during lockdown. These have included Mincemeat scones, Maple and Walnut scones and Chocolate and Marshmallow scones. A couple of the recipes have been taken from the National Trust ‘Book of Scones’ which has 50 different recipes to try out. Who knew there could be so many different variations!

So she could be very busy and will have to watch the scales! They have all been very tasty so far.
Guests may well get the chance to try some when we are able to reopen later in the year. In the meantime keep following us on social media to so what comes out of the kitchen next!
Val Wood Forda Farm Bed and Breakfast, Forda Farm,  Thornbury, Holsworthy, N. Devon. EX22 7BS

Tel: (01409) 261 369

4 star GOLD farmhouse bed and breakfast close to the North Devon and Cornwall border.

New Year, New Lockdown!

North Devon Farm Holidays would like to wish you all a happy and healthy new year.

This post comes at the start of a 3rd lockdown and sometimes it’s hard to be positive, so I thought I would show you some beautiful photos of our countryside so that when all is up and running again you will come and see how wonderful it is for yourself.

Baggy Point, Croyd, N. Devon – with Lundy island on the horizon.
Saunton Sands and its glorious stretch of golden sand.
Valley of the Rocks at sunset. Breathtaking!
Tarka Trail – bike hire available or wonderful ‘flat’ walking, suitable for all ages.
Breakfast time on the farm – many mouths to feed all year round.
Winter time, just a beautiful as Summer.
Frosty morning across North Devon.
Always a warm welcome!
Torrington Commons -showing Taddiport and the leper fields.

This are a few of the many beautiful places to visit and stay. When all is ‘open’ and we are allowed to travel, we would love to give you a warm welcome whatever time of year it is.

Stay safe my friends!

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas!

North Devon Farms wish you a very Happy Christmas.

This has been the strangest of years, so make the most of the run up to Christmas. Why not visit RHS gardens Rosemoor near Torrington for their annual light up display. A magical experience that the whole family can enjoy. Or, buy locally from the virtual market where there are hundreds of amazing and different gifts for everyone. Now the shops are open why not visit the beautiful local shops that can be found in every North Devon Town and village.

We look forward to seeing ‘old’ friends and new ones next year. We wish you a safe and lovely Christmas, however you choose to celebrate it, and we look forward to next year with anticipation and hope, not only for our accommodation providers and lovely guests but for the whole world.

Best wishes to you all…… here’s to 2021!

Tarka Trail

Even in the pouring rain, a walk along the Tarka Trail never fails to impress me. The familiar smell of autumn, the sound of the river as it rushes along the side of the path and the colours of the fallen leaves all add to the magic of the season.

While you are strolling along the trail you could be thinking of your next adventure, for there are still many things to do when you visit North Devon.

Clovelly Apple Day, Milky Way Adventure Park and The Big Sheep are all holding family events this half term, check the websites for more details.

Whatever you do and wherever you stay, we hope you enjoy our wonderful county with all it’s natural beauty and fantastic family events.

Stay safe, stay connected and stay in touch.

Harvest Tea.

When the sun shines the harvest gets going…. and when the sun goes down it’s time for tea!

Such a traditional sight, tea in the field, pizza, sandwiches and chocolate cake…. exactly what you need at the end of a long day.

Tea brought to the workers by Glenda at Lee Barton, Umberleigh, a time for catching up, discussing the day and re- energising before it all starts again.

Harvest time.

So what a year this is turning out to be!

It all started so well, but then Coronavirus kicked off and we couldn’t open our doors to our lovely guests. At the start of lockdown the sun shone, which was a blessing in itself, and we all tried our best to keep safe.

Now, many months later it is harvest time, my favourite time of the year. The crops are ready to be gathered, the blackberries and apples are there for the taking and, although things are not quite back to ‘normal,’ the seasons still bring their beauty and their bounty and we remember that time stands still for no-one!

This year the crops have taken a lot of drying out, but finally we can bring them in ready for winter. Look out for the combine harvesters as you travel around our glorious county, harvest is a time to reap and sow, ready for next year when the whole cycle starts again.

Take care and enjoy the sights and sounds that harvest time brings.

A farmer has to do, what a farmer has to do!

Life on the farm goes on, whatever the weather, the day or time. It goes on if it’s summer or winter, Christmas day or Easter. It doesn’t matter if there is a virus, drought, flooding or storm, life on the farm goes on.

Devon is beautiful whatever the month, springtime or harvest, summer or winter. It is beautiful on the moors or the beaches, the farms or the towns, Devon is a glorious place to be.

Take time to see and hear and taste, take time to appreciate the world around, the big and the small, the loud and the quiet. Take time to wonder and question and think…….

What better place to do all these things than here in North Devon where you can just be yourself… and just be!

Summer is still on!

This was the view that met our eyes when we drove passed Saunton Sands yesterday.

The sun was shining on beautiful clear water, just right for body boarding, the sand was golden and the sky was a gorgeous blue.

People were out and about, staying safe and respecting the rules. The beach was full of laughter and fun, which is very welcome after months of lockdown and worry.

Devon has the most amazing beaches and coastline and what could be more appealing than this?

Keep an eye out for which of our wonderful accommodation providers will be opening and, maybe you too, could be part of this breathtaking picture that is North Devon!

Bampfield Farm.

Here at Bampfield Farm, Lynda and Neil are missing our guests at this time of the year.

Guests who have been before are familiar with life on the farm, however because holidays are sadly unavailable at the moment, we thought we could share some of the things that have been happening this spring.

Our 250 herd of cows have had their 6 week holiday (we give them a rest from milking) They began calving in February, March and April. Now we have 180 calves to feed.

Young dairy heifers are being fed milk in the field with our new feeding system.

After they are weaned they munch on grass and cereals.

Bampfield’s dairy herd are working hard to feed the nation.

They are in the field eating grass for 290 days of the year. Neil measures the grass on the farm each week to ensure he has enough grass to feed the cows.

Our cows eat 22 tonnes of grass a day.  In a week it will be 154 Tonnes.

40,000 litres or 70,390 pints of milk have been produced this week for Arla milk co-operative.

So when you eat your cheese or pour milk on your cereals say a big thankyou to all your British farmers.

Last week we supplied 65 tonnes of free range chickens to supermarkets across the country, alongside other farmers we are doing our bit to keep the nation fed. When this challenge is over our farm holiday co-operative will be here to welcome you back into the countryside. I am sure you will join with us as we celebrate and appreciate our food as well as the environment which we strive to look after for the nation.

May Fair

Normally at this time of year, Great Torrington is preparing for the Mayfair celebrations. Dancing around the maypole and the crowning of the May Queen are all looked forward to and planned for.

This year is different, but in honour of our wonderful NHS, and in the spirit of Mayfair, one local family have decorated their home – in true Torrington style.

This beautiful display, not only symbolises the arrival of Spring with the maypole and flowering gorse, it also thanks our NHS and key workers for all their hard work and dedication in this time of uncertainty.

Next year the Mayfair celebrations will be back on – make it the year that you come to Devon to be part of something really special. There will be many lovely places to stay that will welcome you with the same enthusiasm that is displayed in this amazing garden.

Stay safe, stay at home ……… until you no longer have to…. and we will see you here in Great Torrington!