Pumpkins - Halloween and October Half Term

October Half Term – Halloween

So much happening in North Devon this Half Term. . . .

Autumn conkers, North Devon

Autumn conkers, North Devon

‘Things you can do for free at Huxtable Farm B&B, North Devon’  – Feed the hens and collect their eggs, identify bats at dusk, enjoy the beautiful colours of the leaves in the woodland whilst taking a braising walk around Huxtable Farm’s Devon Wildlife Farm Trail, pick apples, collect conkers and more . . . .

 

RHS Rosemoor in October,  “Animals at Night” Half term family fun 22 – 30th Oct.

Wild about Gardens week 24 – 30th October – (Wildlife gardening advice & information)

Pumpkin Face at RHS Rosemoor Gardens

Pumpkin Face at RHS Rosemoor Gardens

Halloween Festival at The Big Sheep 22nd – 30th October – Meet Jack the Pumpkin carving King, haunted house, witches flying school, free face painting, singing pumpkins and much more!

Star Wars at The Milky Way 29th Oct

Landmark Beer & Music Festival 28th – 30th October

Family Fun at Baggy Point, Croyde, North Devon – Collect a trail map from Baggy car park kiosk and look for hand crafted objects along the North Devon Coast.

National Trust Arlington Court woollen woods

National Trust Arlington Court woollen woods

 

National Trust Arlington Court in October: Woollen woods, spooky night walk 28th Oct, Halloween crafts 24th, 25th & 28th Oct

Wicked week at Atlantic Village & Atlantis Park near Bideford

Bees visiting wild flowers at Devon farm B&B

August – Insects and wild flower meadows

Bees visiting wild flowers at Devon farm B&B

Bees visiting wild flowers at Devon farm B&B

 

 

 

The insects are enjoying the August sunshine, busy visiting the meadow wild flowers at Huxtable Farm B&B, North Devon near Exmoor.

 

 

Bella enjoying the long meadow grass

Bella enjoying the long meadow grass

 

 

Bella, the springer spaniel is also enjoying racing through the long meadow grass.

 

 

 

A variety of wildlife at Huxtable Farm B&B, Devon

A variety of wildlife at Huxtable Farm B&B, Devon

 

 

The variety of wildlife is beautiful, from fungi to dragonflies

 

 

 

 

 

Events to look forward to in the area;

Woollen Woods at National Trust Arlington Court 27th August – 30th October.

North Devon Art Trek 10 – 25th September

Hidden Dunster Guided walk 14th September & other Exmoor National Park Events

Exmoors Bats at Simonsbath 17th September

Appledore book festival 23rd September – 2nd October

RHS Rosemoor Gardens Events

 

RHS Rosemoor Rose Festival June - July

June – Roses, elderflowers, gooseberries and shearing!

Shearing the Jacob sheep in June

Shearing the Jacob sheep in June

June is such a busy time on the farm, so much so that I’ve only just round to writing this blog on the longest day of the year when we’re due to see a strawberry moon!
The rhubarb, gooseberries & elderflowers are lovely this year so there’s plenty of fresh produce for the breakfast table; honeyed rhubarb and homemade gooseberry & elderflower jam which is a favourite with everyone.
– The Jacob sheep seem pleased in this warm weather to have been shorn at the beginning of June and we now have lots of beautifully soft Jacob & Jacob cross Texel fleeces for spinners & felters to purchase.
– The birds are busy feeding their young and the Swallows and House Martins are soaring over the roofs & making their muddy nests in the eaves of the farm buildings.

Beautiful roses - RHS Rosemoor

Beautiful roses – RHS Rosemoor

 

– The Lupins and Roses are full of colour, which reminds me to visit RHS Rosemoor soon to see their beautiful rose gardens during their Rose Festival June 6 – 10th July.

June is a great time to visit the beautiful gardens, National Trust properties, historic houses, harbours and market towns of North Devon & Exmoor or enjoy a stroll away from it all on Exmoor along the side of a river (We’ll share with you some special places to visit!).

Devon Cream Tea welcome

Devon Cream Tea welcome

With National Cream Tea Day on the 24th June, in Devon we like to put the cream on the scone and the jam on top of the cream. You can enjoy a Cream Tea welcome any time of year at Huxtable Farm B&B

With Wimbledon & July approaching fast here’s a few things that are taking place over the next few weeks: –
What’s on at RHS Rosemoor – Rose Festival June 6 – 10th July
National Trust Arlington Court – Art displays during July
Getting active during your stay in North Devon
Beaches of North Devon

2015 Rugby World Cup comes to Exeter

Rugby World Cup 2015 at Sandy Park, Exeter, Devon

Rugby World Cup 2015 at Sandy Park, Exeter, Devon

The 2015 Rugby World Cup is coming to Exeter, this Autumn when Exeter Chiefs Rugby Stadium, Sandy Park hosts three World Cup matches.

29th September  16.45 Tonga V Namibia

7th October   20.00  Namibia V Georgia

11th October  14.30  Italy V Romania

The 2015 Rugby World Cup starts on Friday September 18, 2015 with the opening ceremony and match at Twickenham through to Saturday October 31, 2015 for the final match – hopefully with England playing.

Exeter Chiefs have three of their players in the England Squad too; Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Geoff Parling – Good luck lads 🙂

Exeter Chiefs Rugby Ball
Exeter Chiefs Rugby Ball

 

Exeter Chiefs mascot

Exeter Chiefs mascot