Planting apple trees

Fruits of our Labour

After planting new trees behind the main house in March, the first of our apples are looking great and ready for the upcoming harvest. We planted these trees with a lot of care, as the conditions for growing apples on the moor aren’t always the best. However, behind the house is a well sheltered, south …

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Haylage

Haylage

Steve Hutchinson mowed about 25 acres for haylage on Friday, and about 24 hours later Jason has baled it, finishing at about 10 p.m. The main difference between hay and haylage is the way it is made.  Haylage is cut like hay, but only allowed to semi-wilt and not dry completely.  It is cut later than grass …

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Sheep at Stolford Farm

Sheep on the Farm

The sheep were turned out this afternoon, bit of a drab day for the lambs but as usual they are full of life and bouncing about all over the place!  There are about 100 ewes, a mixture of Texel and Jacob, and about 140 lambs so far, split between the 17 Acre and Browns Lane.   …

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Chain Harrowing at Stolford Farm

Chain Harrowing

Just completed about 200 acres of chain harrowing on Stolford farm over a two week period, taking advantage of the good weather we had over the Easter break.  The curly one is Reservoir Field, the one with the beech unhelpfully (but picturesquely) plonked in the middle is Browns Lane, and the one that looks like …

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Middle Stolford

Middle Stolford update

Middle Stolford, our 5 bed traditional farm cottage, is almost ready for our first guests. The cottage has been beautifully decorated throughout in Farrow & Ball colours, by P&P Decorators, and the finishing touches are being made. Subsequently we’re almost ready for the launch of this fabulous family holiday accommodation. Furthermore, a new child and …

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Easter at Stolford Farm

What a glorious bank holiday weekend at Stolford Farm!  After the annual children’s Easter egg hunt on Sunday morning an afternoon of relaxation and sunbathing in the garden was followed by burgers on the barbecue in the afternoon and marshmallows toasted on the firepit before bed (no wine was consumed – honest!). Let’s have more …

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