Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Back to normal after Open Farm Sunday!

Hi just recovered from Open Farm Sunday, we ran tractor and trailer trips all day, lots of questions and interested people. Family and neighbours roped in to help out. My son 14 did the tour guide on the trailer and Rose produced her foal 3 days before and was a great attraction. Russell drove his tractor and the end of the trip he and Geoff (brother in law) gave a shearing demo and wound the wool. The visitors pushed for more sheep to be sheared and we wondered how many we would have left for our contracters on Wednesday!! But it was a glorious day and the sheep were very happy after the haircut!

My daughter 11 on the day worked hard giving out the feedback forms and nature quizes, the free pens, pencils, keyrings we had had donated by NPower renewables, NFU, FUW and Hybu Cig Cymru also all the resources we had through LEAF from their sponsers.Thanks to everyone.

Glamorgan WFU were well represented, Lynette made smoothies with locally produced fruit and milk and advertised her "Food for Thought project". My sister Julie Caerlan Farm brought her Simply the Best Training Company stand and the children loved trying on the Chainsaw protective clothes and helmet and she answered lots of questions on farm life , environmental projects they run on their farm and was recruiting for Women Food & Farming Union.

John Ramsey our RSPB man gave up his Sunday to tell everyone about the birds found on our farm and their habitats.

the Bridgend Farmers Market was represented by neighbours Charles & Gill Morgan from Gellifeddgaer Farm and their produce sold out rapidly.

One of our young fishermen pulled out a 5lb 12oz rainbow trout which made his day.

The cafe was busy serving our home grown welsh lamb rolls and some local welsh beef thanks to Jacqueline ( mother), Ada & Clair, they all were worn out at the end of the day and didn't see much of the weather.

The weather was perfect, the day went well back to fishing, children's parties and shearing!

Monday, 4 June 2007

Hi Lakeside Farm Park here,

We have had a great start to the season with lots of big fish from 3lb to a record 8lb 4oz caught by a local fisherman Don. Andrew caught his first big fish and it went off the 7 lb scales that we have in the cafe.

We are getting ready for Open Farm Sunday run by LEAF and have had a great deal of supportfrom various groups. We will have farming demonstrations and displays along with farmers market stalls, usborne books and phoenix cards.

Thanks to the people who have donated prizes "Kid me not" in Talley, Usborne and Bridgend Farmers Market and thanks for the donations from NFU, FUW & Npower renewables. All we need is good weather for the nature trail and tractor and trailer ride.

Hope to see you there Eira