The wonder of walking

The wonder of walking

Since Christmas our book club has been a little obsessed with reading about walking which, along with now having a dog, has inspired me to make 2019 the year I start walking more. The first book we read was Ben Fogle’s book Up, an account of his epic journey up Everest. We all enjoyed the adventure so much we then chose Raynor Winn’s best selling book The Salt Path – a heart-felt account of her wild-camping walk along the...

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Have a book-filled New Year

Have a book-filled New Year

Books and Banter – our book club recommendations We recently celebrated the first anniversary of Books and Banter – the book club I host in the conservatory here at Halsbeer once a month. I asked our members to score the books we had read during the year to find our MUST READS and DON’T BOTHERS of 2018. Our two top reads were ‘This is Going to Hurt’ by Adam Kay, a hilarious and revealing glimpse behind the scenes of...

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A greatest showman of an evening at Exmouth’s Queen’s Drive Space

A greatest showman of an evening at Exmouth’s Queen’s Drive Space

If you are visiting the region this summer and are struggling for things to do with the kids – look no further than Exmouth – the new Queen’s Drive Space is chock full of fantastic food and drink outlets, a spacious and sandy playground, lots of things to see and do, and of course it’s right by the beach. Winner! Most Thursday afternoons during the holidays there are circus workshops being...

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Yarak Bird of Prey Experience

Yarak Bird of Prey Experience

Last year I had a somewhat significant birthday and was delighted to be gifted a voucher for a half-day experience at Yarak Bird of Prey which is only 15 minutes from Halsbeer Farm and Blackdown Yurts. I knew I would never be forgiven if I attended on my own without taking Mark and the children with me, so I booked for all four of us to spend an afternoon flying hawks in mid-May. Never in a million years did I expect my eight year old son to...

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How many Hammonds does it take to change a lightbulb?

How many Hammonds does it take to change a lightbulb?

Actually, rephrase that – the question should be how many lightbulbs have the Hammonds changed? The answer is 200! Since August last year we have been gradually replacing all of the lightbulbs in the cottages and farmhouse with the latest low wattage filament light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. Not only do they look a whole lot nicer, but they will hopefully save us a bit of money on electricity and reduce our carbon footprint. It is...

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Help us complete the BIG birthday set this year!

Help us complete the BIG birthday set this year!

We appear to be collecting milestone birthdays this year which is really rather exciting. I turn 40 in July (eek), my mother-in-law turned an ‘0’ last week on the same day as Mark, and my grandmother-in-law aka “the legend that is Gron” will be celebrating her century in August. We hosted a family celebrating a 70th staying in the cottages for Easter week, the same family that celebrated a 60th here ten years ago so they obviously liked...

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