Tugford Farm Blog

Summer 2017

14th August 2017

For those of you who don't know the area of outstanding beauty in which we live you might be interested to read an article written by Julian Glover published in The Spectator last month. It sums up perfectly how I feel when riding on and around The Brown Clee Hill. You can read the whole article by clicking on the photo in the 'General' section of our photos but here's a snipit which mentions us too! 'I found the land of lost content last week, west of the Clee Hills in the Shropshire Housman wrote about, but hardly knew. It is deep England, thick with trees, stone-built farms that look like forts and tracks in gullies cut by ancient feet. The villages here have rhythmic names: Bouldon, Peaton and Cockshutford — or simple Heath, where there is now no village at all, only the pure Norman chapel standing in grass with its long old iron key on a hook outside. It was built for a settlement lost at the Black Death. Few sounds here are unnatural: you hear birdsong more than cars or planes. I was riding my horse James, with two friends on Cassie and Rubin, along paths bursting with nettles. We scrambled over streams and slippery red mud on to the Brown Clee Hill by Nordy Bank, where our horses nibbled at turf on Neolithic ramparts. There is no better way to get the feel of the place you are in, above the ground but travelling slowly enough to sense changes you miss in a car. The parkland of the Burwarton Estate gave way to the fringes of the Midlands, where we rode through wheat fields and eyed up hunt jumps before we climbed into the marches, heading for friends who live outside Craven Arms, the only town to be built by a railway junction named after a pub. At friendly Tugford Farm we stabled our horses and ourselves'
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Puppy Fun

15th May 2017

What a great weekend we had with a fantastic family full of fun, adults and children alike. The weather was pretty good and enabled the children to play with Widget and our new puppy 'Tipsy' in the garden. It was great as the puppy just played or slept! As I type she's trying to help! The children also had lots of fun in the Jacuzzi Hot Tub occasionally letting their parents in. Have a look at some of the smiling faces with Widget and Tipsy on the main blog page. Farming news: We have fields full of ewes and 'getting larger everyday' lambs. The rain which was so desperately needed arrived and has given everything a boost so the grass is now growing well. Talking to neighbouring farmers when we were herding their two cows, which had escaped onto our top field, the general feeling was that the spring crops will definitely have been affected by the lack of rain at the crucial time of planting but that's farming for you so the ever changing challenges keep coming. Read on in the main blog to here more -
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30th April 2017

Lambing is nearly over. We have just a few ewes left in the building but the rest are out in the fields enjoying the grass and sunshine. It's been one of the better years for lambing with little rain and warmer nights. The lambs grow like mushrooms now and have their heads in the troughs with their mothers at feeding time. The spring crops have been planted and are already starting to show, however what we need now is warm rain to get everything off to a good start. The bank holiday weekend has been fun with a Stag party in residence. It's not often you spot a sumo wrestler bouncing about outside in the early hours. Possibly some sore heads this morning but a warm soak in the Jacuzzi Hot Tub will help to sort that out.
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15th March 2017

Lambing Live has begun at Tugford Farm. The sun is shining and the lambs are being born so the work begins in earnest now. We have 330 ewes, mainly Welsh Mules who are really pretty crossed with Suffolk and Texel tups. We've got all the Ewes in the buildings on straw beds with haylage and daily feeds. Lots of little pens built for the mums with their new lambs to go into so they can have extra care before being turned out onto fresh grass fields. The weather plays a hugely important role as wet weather is the main killer of baby lambs so lets hope it continues to be as nice as the last few days have been. Read on in the main blog -
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27th February 2017

Despite the snow on the top of The Brown Clee hill this moorning Spring is knocking on the door. I've spotted primroses and the mile long verge of snowdrops down the road is changing to daffodils as I type. Quite a sight to see and planted many decades ago by a farm worker to a neighbouring farm to ours. His legacy is remembered every year as they multiply naturally becoming a carpet of white and then yellow. Read on for more farm updates in the blog -
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Summer time and the living is easy! Well if you're on holiday here it is at the moment. What amazing weather. We need a 'Cold Tub' not a 'Hot Tub' We have Swifts, Swallows and House Martins swooping over our heads early morning and evening. It's magical to watch as they scream into the tight places above the stables and cottages. We are busy making Hay (while the sun shines) and so everywhere smells of summer. We have some late availability so if you fancy a last minute break we always up for a barter. Give us a call!

26th June 2018

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