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...

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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...

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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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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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