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Rare Breeds Show

Last weekend saw the annual 'Rare Breeds' animal show in Melton. Farmers across the country bring their rare breed sheep and cattle-  show and then sell them over a 2 day period. We saw a lot of regular returning guests and it is always a weekend i really enjoy. This year saw the added bonus of BBC countryfile filming at the event. Adam Henson (Adams Farm) and his parents brougt some sheep to sell and they also judged. We (especially the kids) were very pleased that they stayed with us. Zoe waited for Adam at breakfast and was rewarded with a signed picture and card. James presented Adam with a jar of his own honey and both had their picture taken. Zoe and I visited the show on sale day and are looking forward to seeing the episode on TV late September.
Mon, Sep 10, 2012

It was looking increasingly likely as time progressed and yes it happened on Thursday the CLA Game Fair was cancelled. A huge loss to the area and of course to us. Many thanks to those guests booked who have said they are coming anyway ! We as a family were going with friends - kids very disappointed. Today was also the day booked for Sysonby Church fund raising afternoon tea, but like many events we have had to postpone due a waterlogged lawn and unreliable weather.

We all have to keep hopeful that the sun will pop its head out shortly and console ourselves that it's nice weather for ducks (as the kids keep telling me!)

On the upside the dry weather yesterday saw the bees covering our borage crop in the field (that is in full flower). Walking past you could hear the crop buzzing- amazing. Bees are not having a good year, but with Borage on their doorstep hopefully they will go up a gear in honey production with a few non rainy days. 

Sun, Jul 15, 2012

Country Fair

The country Fair was again a really good event, the weather was fairly kind- a bit of light rain. Gavin was there with the Leicestershire and Rutland Beekeepers and their demonstration tent. Zoe and I made things and ate things (no change there). James and his friend Kit were most interested in the rather loud battle reenactments. Lovely bison burgers from Bouverie Lodge washed down with offerings from Belvoir Brewery !

Olympic Torch Run

Wed, Jul 04, 2012

I am afraid we had to postpone the Dual pupms BBQ the weather forecast was not good, wind, rain and cold. it will now be in September- i have to say as the rain was coming down on the Friday I am pleased we made that decision. Lots of other things happend and to look forward to;

- Yes we have had a Christmas menu meeting - can't quite believe it ! menus hopefully sorted.

-Zoe won her sprint race at Sports Day which managed to avoid the rain and proudly sported a blue winners ribbon all day.

Tue, Jun 26, 2012

weekly update

Last weekend was a busy one.

Saturday was the wedding reception for Liz and Martin Hollingshead. The weather was not great but the day went really well, the Jazz quartet was great, the bride looked lovely and everyone said they had a great time - what more could you ask for ! - congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple.

Fathers day on Sunday was a busy one the prize draw for the whisky proved popular.

Tue, Jun 19, 2012