• BBQ's and paragliders

    Well the house is so quiet! First day back to school/college and finally time to catch up on some paperwork and website updating.

    We had an open day last Friday 30th August and the weather was kind. It was lovely to see so many people and it was the most children we have had all at one time so far. They all seemed to have a lovely day and made the most of the open spaces whilst their mums relaxed with a cuppa and a slice of homemade cake.

    The following day we hosted Dunstable Hangliding and Paragliding Club's annual BBQ. The weather was warm but pretty windy but I was assured this was perfect weather for the power kites and even some ground handling of paragliders down in our hay field. We had a BBQ followed by guitar playing and songs sung around the campfire. It was a clear night and the stars were beautiful. Some brave campers stayed over and we had a BBQ breakfast of bacon, eggs and tomatoes before a little more ground handing where some of the children actually got to leave the ground for a few minutes. It was a success and all the children were very well behaved!

    We have enrolled the help of James, a local lad who has been working with alpacas for 4 years. He is going to come and help us on the farm once a week and he has already made such a difference! We are very grateful for his help.

    We have been approached about providing some training for a charity who have some alpacas and would like their staff brought up to date with handling and health. This will be another new venture for us but as Jo comes from a training background it is a challenge we will relish!

    We are still finalising plans for the new barn. Wonder if we'll ever get it built!! We're making the most of the lovely weather whilst it lasts and trying not to think about winter and frozen water pipes!!

    If there are any gardeners reading our blog that could offer some advice on what to do with a large mound near our house we would appreciate it! We covered it with slow growing grass seed and wildflower mix last autumn so that we weren't left with a large mound that was covered in weeds or grass that needed mowing. It was lovely in Spring and early summer but the extra warm weather has completely killed it off and it now looks like a right state! And we're not really sure what to do with it! It's become a bit of an eyesore and is the first thing you see when you drive into the farm!

    And finally - I have added a video to our video tab of the animals of Abbotts View Farm. If you haven't already seen it on our fb page - take a look - it's very sweet.

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