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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Forest Beef – order a locally produced holiday meat box for your stay

Forest Beef – order a locally produced holiday meat box for your stay

We recently visited Forest Beef in the Blackdown Hills to see their herd of rare-breed longhorn cattle and brought home a delicious meat box to try their produce. Read about our trip and what we thought of the meat and eggs on my Blackdown Yurts blog. You can order a meat box for your stay from Forest Beef’s website and you can visit yourself on 11th June 2017 for their farm open...

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It’s tough having to road-test relaxation treatments but someone had to do it!…

It’s tough having to road-test relaxation treatments but someone had to do it!…

What better on a wet and windy February day when that ugh feeling gets a hold of you than a sumptuous salon-quality spa treatment in the comfort of your own home? Nicole from Haybarn Mobile Beauty arrived on the dot for our 11.30am appointment and quickly transformed the snug into a cosy salon area with her professional massage table complete with heated blanket (ooh), soft towels and snuggly blankets (aah). I asked how come her company was...

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No bah humbug here!

No bah humbug here!

Eek! As I write Mia is on stage in the opening night of Scrooge the Musical in Kentisbeare Village Hall. To be honest I have been a bit bah humbug about Christmas before now. I didn’t really see the point – the blatant commercialisation of it seemed offensive, as an atheist it doesn’t hold any religious significance for me, and maybe it just lost its magic as I grew out of the naivety of childhood. This year though, like...

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