Our carpet of Snow Drops

Don’t you just love it when the first signs of spring appear!

Our snowdrop carpet expands year on year – there are patches of snow drops all over the farm. Seeds dropped by birds which eventually make the tiny bulbs that will then spread to create mini carpets of white in unexpected places.

Nature left to its own devices paints a marvellous canvas!

Introducing Phoebe, our new farm Cat

To be honest Phoebe arrived with us in July. We were re-homing her but after a couple of days inside the house (where she spent a lot of time in the office trying to get me to play with her instead of working) she made a bid for freedom and………

As Phoebe continued to return to the big barn for her food we were not concerned by the fact that she preferred to live outside. As time went on we saw Phoebe more frequently around the farm buildings but…. she often didn’t appear to see us!

It became more obvious that Phoebe was actually deaf or very very hard of hearing. She would often come round a building where we were working and be surprised to see us and run off immediately. Sometimes we would see her sitting on the straw bales and, until she saw us, we could shout and holler but she would not move.

Last month we made a break through and Phoebe came to me whilst I filled her food dish. Now we have daily cuddles (and nose rubs) and she is becoming more trusting, even when other people are around in her Barn.

Although she has not come back in the house she is very happy in the barns and just loves to get extra treats if we see her – especially her favourite tuna flavour Dreamies!!

So, maybe when you come and stay you might spot our little tigress as she prowls the gardens on her daily walkabout!

Happy Christmas!

What a roller coaster this pandemic has provided for the festive season.

Christmas is not quite the same this year for everyone.

This is the first year since we opened Hicks Farm Holidays in 1992 that we will not be sharing our Christmas with any guests staying here on the farm (not even family!!).

Instead of cutting down three Christmas trees we have only had to cut down one – the others will still be there for next year.

Hope you have a safe Christmas wherever you are.

Shearing time

Shearing time!

Gosh the weather has been so hot – and just when we are all still in lockdown.

Normally, we are dodging the spots and trying to find a dry day to get the sheep shorn but this year it has been quite different and we have had no worries about shearing time!

The sheep were shorn in the morning, pitched and reunited with their lambs by lunchtime – there was quite a lot of bleating till they all paired up again but now the ewes (and Rodney) are very happy at having lost their heavy winter coats.

Looks like this lamb is asking the ewe if she’s his mum!

Sadly, Covid restrictions are still in place in England – these are due to be reviewed by the Government on 4th July 2020.

We hope that the restriction of not staying away from your home will be lifted and we will be able to welcome you back to Hicks Farm.

Keep safe.