Thursday, April 29, 2010

The pig that dwells with the lambs

Many farmers have been forced to diversify in order to survive the difficult financial hardships of recent years. One farm in North Devon that has managed to maintain its character as a working farm while offering hours of interest and entertainment to families is the Big Sheep. Granddaughter Charlotte took me there yesterday and we had a great day out.
 Everyone gets a chance to feed the lambs
although this one looks decidedly piggish!
But who cares at nap time?

There are lots of things to do and see, including sheep shearing demonstrations and sheep-dog trials and a ride around the farm on a tractor-drawn trailer. There is also a quirky humorist at work behind some of the attractions:
The ducks have this rather splendid house but perhaps not for much longer!
(Click on picture to enlarge and see here if you don't know the reference)

We attended the Sheep Race and I put my entire fortune on the appropriately named Alderknitty:
Unfortunately, as they came round Ewe Turn, heading for the finish, I noticed my jockey (in blue) was riding backwards! All was not lost as my son had become joint owner of the winner, Red Ram, and we took home a magnificent cup.
I think this was the highlight of the day for 8 month old Charlotte.


  1. That is great that the farm is diversifying and staying in business. I love lambs and piglets and you and your grandchild do too, I can tell.

  2. That looks like a fun visit!
    Love the sheep racing :0)
    I used to work with a flock of Welsh Mountain sheep that gave a different meaning to racing over the hills...small but clever and

  3. Terra and Val
    Yes, it was a fun day out and a good way to help our struggling farmers.

  4. What a great idea! Looks like a fab day out!


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