Well, I haven’t managed a blog in February or March and here I am getting in by the skin of my teeth for April. I have found a solution to my other resolution though, audio books, I can work/walk and listen to books!
In February half term Adrian and I managed a couple of nights in Padstow, although it was literally only one and a half days, it was nice to get away and have a change of scenery. Although we have had the odd night or two away, we haven’t had a holiday for over four years now. Adrian is back milking the cows full time again as Antony who joined us in July 2022, is off to pastures new, trying something totally different.
Padstow is famous for Rick Stein and there are many establishments owned by him, there are also many others to enjoy in Padstow and for us it was nice to have a place in the town and go out for breakfast and meals without having to drive. We took the dog and enjoyed a long walk on the Camel Trail, we haven’t been on that for years.
Not just because we have come back from Padstow but we have been watching the television programme, Rick Steins Cornwall, particularly as he has been to many places here in the West of the County and it is great fun looking for faces that we recognize, especially when he filmed in Truro Cattle Market and interviewed local comedian Johhny Cowling about Jethro. I don’t normally watch programmes about Cornwall, but I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this series.
We are struggling at the moment to feed the cows, with all the rain and cold weather lately it has not been pleasant. April is often the month when we let the dairy cows out during the day, they love going out into the fields after being stuck inside, day and night, during the winter. Unfortunately this year we had to let them out, it was time but we ran out of food, they have eaten so much over the winter. They are looking lovely but are not enjoying the rain and cold, and they often need extra cleaning for milking. The other problem is that the grass is not growing let’s hope it warms up soon and it starts growing. We are in the meantime buying extra silage from local farmers, although quite a few have run out, there are some farmers who have recently sold their dairy cows and have stock left over. Adrian and Daniel are behind in the field work too, it has been so wet that spraying, ploughing and planting have just not taken place and soon it will be too late to plant some crops, scary as that will be our winter feed for next year. Some good news on the farm is that we have had two filly foals born, Saltair Elizabeth Adelaide (pet name Bette) and Boswarthen Loveday (pet name Bunny as she was born on Easter Sunday), both are from Mum’s who have a rare bloodline in the Exmoor breed, they are growing like weeds and are absolutely beautiful.
This year’s bookings are continuing to come in and we are looking forward to welcoming back our Dutch families, we seem to have had a influx of bookings from the Netherlands recently. Some old faces too, returning guests are always welcome as of course are new families. I have yet to have parents bringing their children who came to us as a child, that could happen as we are now in our sixteenth year, where has that time gone?!
I am going to leave it there as I am going to help Adrian in the milking parlour this afternoon and I have a few jobs to do first.
Love Adrian, Maddy and All at Boswarthen X