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    March 2018 News and Farm Round Up

    The month of the Beast from the East - parts 1 and 2!
    I have been accused of obsessing about the weather, but I think this month, I am fully justified in my focus.
    It has been ... interesting.  Challenging, yes.  Life-threatening, no.  Hard work, definitely.  First thing I realised - I have such respect for hill farmers/Scottish farmers and crofters for whom our weather was probably just business as usual.  Secondly, if this happened every year, I would be better at dealing with it - every day, I learned something or tried something different to try to improve the situation - through trial and error, I now reckon I am ready to deal with snow which means we probably won't get any more for 5 years!
    But, it created a good set of photo opportunities so, despite everything, my trusty iPhone and I were out and about capturing what were sometimes beautiful scenes.
    Here's a lovely video of our Mangalitzas in their ample curly coats running through the snow. 
    And another one when I was feeling rather 'arty' .... OK - seemed like a good idea at the time!
    And last but not least, a lesson learned at the beginning of the month - didn't make that mistake again!
    It was quite a month for landmark events for the farm - 
    The first big event of the month was Robert's appearance on Radio 4 - on a couple of editions of Farming Today and then a major bit on the Food Programme - an episode called the Big Pig Roadtrip!  We'd had the crew from R4 here ... for almost 4 hours, so we weren't entirely sure what they were going to use but it came out really well - here's the link - Robert is the first person interviewed so you don't have to listen to the whole programme if you don't want to!
    And fast on the heels of that was a Nose to Tail event at the Pony & Trap restaurant (one Michelin star in Chew Magna) using Tamworth pork from Buttle Farm.  A sell-out evening, the kitchen crew did a splendid job with a fantastic menu, really creative and a treat for us to eat there with them on the night. 
    We still have Harry the Berkshire boar on the farm - the snow may well have interfered with his amorous intentions but fingers crossed he's back on the case now the weather has warmed up a bit. :-)
    The holiday cottage was full during the worst of the snow - our intrepid guests came down from London and made really good time getting here - apparently, the M4 coming out of London was the best they had seen it in years - hardly any other cars about.  
    If you fancy a weekend in the countryside, do get in touch - readers of this blog are entitled to a 10% discount on any bookings made on our website for April, May and June.  Click HERE for photos and more information.

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