Ducklings Hatched!

So happy to announce that the first two batches of duck eggs have now hatched and we have two very proud mums and some beautiful ducklings on the pond!

Mandarin Ducks

So pleased to say that our two little mandarin ducks, Chop and Suey who have joined the feathered flock are settling in well here at Olde Farm and enjoying the pond and their new companions. Fingers crossed we might get some ducklings in the Summer!

Chop & Suey

First Chicks Hatched

Beyond happy!! This afternoon we caught sight of our first hatchlings of the year on the pond – teeny tiny moorhen chicks resembling little black golf ball shaped torpedos such is the speed at which they move!

Homemade Dog Treats!

Guests at The Bees Knees and The Borrowers will know that we have always included a welcome jar of doggie biscuits and also how much I enjoy baking. The treats have gone down very well with our furry guests and so I thought why not combine my two loves and make my own. I realise that you may not be visiting us here at Olde Farm for a little while, but are are you perhaps thinking what a nice treat it would be for your dog? Maybe even get the children involved with making some – an excellent idea for a rainy day? This is the recipe I shall be using and will post pictures once I have made my first batch tomorrow.

Homemade Dog Biscuits Recipe

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 350 grams whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Beef or chicken bouillon or stock
  • ½ cup hot water

Optional Extras

  • Oats, shredded cheese, bacon bits, shredded chicken

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°c.
  2. Dissolve your bouillon or stock into the hot water.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients, including any optional extras, and mix until a dough is formed.
  4. Knead dough until it forms a ball. (approximately 3 minutes)
  5. Roll out the dough evenly, until ½ inch thick.
  6. Cut into slices, or shape as you like! (Please bear in mind, for larger shapes you will need to adjust cooking times accordingly)
  7. Place dough pieces on lightly greased baking tray.
  8. Cook in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes.

The Report has come!

This morning our Visit England inspection report popped up in my inbox – I am very proud to say that it made delightful reading and we were so happy to receive such supportive and complimentary comments about both cottages. Copies of the full report are available in each cottage for you to read.

Comments made by the inspector included

“The excellent comments in the Visitors books, together with the high level of repeat guests for both cottages being testament, not only to the quality, but to the hospitality shown by the owners”

Special mention must be given to the housekeeping as a pristine presentation noted”

“Furnished to an exceptionally high standard with quirky artwork and clever theming in each property, with something different to see at every look around”

Now come and see and experience Olde Farm for yourselves!

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