Exmoor Red Deer in the woods

February – Snowdrops & things to do this Spring in North Devon

Exmoor pony foal in fluffy winter coat

Exmoor pony foal in fluffy winter coat

Hare in grass at Huxtable Farm B&B

Hare in grass at Huxtable Farm B&B

Winter is a special time to see a wide variety of Devon Wildlife from Exmoor Red Deer and the iconic Exmoor ponies in their fluffy winter coats to otters and dolphins in the rivers and sea respectively. Spotting wildlife on the farm during February and March is great too; – The trees don’t have their leaves yet so you can spot the Roe deer and Exmoor Red deer in the woodland, brown hares in the grassy verges, hear & spot lesser spotted woodpeckers and see buzzards and more recently Kites soaring over head.

woodpecker

woodpecker

 

February is a fabulous time to enjoy the beautiful snowdrops of North Devon, littered in the hedgerow at Huxtable Farm B&B , RHS Rosemoor and at Snowdrop Valley (a privately owned remote valley in a hidden part of Exmoor close to Wheddon Cross open to the public 2nd Feb – 3rd March 2019)

Throws by the fire

Throws by the fire

 

We hope everyone is keeping warm during these fresh, crisp, frosty days. Here the wood burners are roaring with wood from the farm – great for warming up next to having come in from outside after taking Bella, the Springer Spaniel, for a farm walk or having fed the sheep.

During February 2019 a range of restaurants on and around Exmoor will be offering outstanding food at an affordable price as part of the Exmoor Food Fest. Customers will be able to eat their way across Exmoor from £10.00 per meal Click on the following link to find out the participating Exmoor Food Fest Restaurants   #ExFF19

Bo - Bottle fed tame lamb

Bo – Bottle fed tame lamb

Our small flock of Jacob sheep are due to produce lambs April – Do come and enjoy this time of year with us when the hibernation period is coming to end and our stunning countryside is waking up.

During April, leading up to Easter, 21st April some of the local attractions have #Easter #Egg hunts and Easter events to enjoy;
April – RHS Rosemoor –  Easter crafts.
Easter fun at National Trust Arlington Court & Cadburys Easter Eggs Hunt.
Quince Honey Farm, The Big Sheep, The Milky Way, NT Arlington Court, RHS Rosemoor, Hartland Abbey and find the Easter chicks at Clovelly!

To help you enjoy what’s going on in North Devon in February and March we have some SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATES at Huxtable Farm B&B until 31st March 2019.

Please also have a look at the fantastic variety of events due to take place in North Devon during 2019 by looking at Huxtable Farm B&B’s local Events/Farm Calendar so that you can plan your next stay to coincide with an event that interests you.

Check available dates at Huxtable Farm B&B, West Buckland, Barnstaple, Devon and Exmoor

A few wildlife videos to enjoy

Eco Friendly Christmas Wrapping Paper

December – Christmas Gift Ideas

Eco Friendly Christmas Wrapping Paper

Eco Friendly Christmas Wrapping Paper

 

I’ve been having fun doing potato printing on recycled paper to make some recyclable Christmas wrapping paper

At Huxtable Farm B&B we have lots of lovely unique gifts available for you at Huxtable Farm Bed and Breakfast in Devon near Exmoor National Park.

Huxtable Farm B&B Voucher

Huxtable Farm B&B Voucher

 

Gift Vouchers to stay at Huxtable Farm B&B, from £50, please e-mail jackie@huxtablefarm.co.uk or telephone 01598 760254 to find out more.

Book all about - Huxtable Farm - The story of a Devon Farm

Book – ‘Huxtable – The story of a Devon Farm’

 

 

 

 

Special Christmas Offer – FREE ‘Huxtable -The Story of a Devon Farm’ book for all Vouchers purchased as a Christmas Gift before 20/12/18

 ‘Huxtable -The Story of a Devon Farm’ book £7.50 per copy plus £3.50 postage & packing within the UK

Unique Christmas or wool (7th) Anniversary gifts;-  Huxtable Farm B&B’s Jacob Wool products made from the wool of our Jacob sheep;
100% wool throws
Cushions
Scarves
Hand knitted hats and cowls
For those who love to knit, crochet, spin, felt and craft with wool;
100gm balls of Jacob sheep wool in three different colours, grey, cream & dark brown.
Brown washed and carded fleece.
Knitting kits – Scarf and wrist warmers Kits or beautiful cowl Kits.
Please click here to see Huxtable Farm B&B’s Jacob Wool products

All items are subject to additional postage & packing within the UK only, please Tel; 01598 760254 or e-mail jackie@huxtablefarm.co.uk

Cards and mounted prints of
watercolour paintings by Jackie Payne

Huxtable Farm B&B Water Colour Cards

Huxtable Farm B&B Cards £2 each or all 6 for £11

Wild Flower Meadow Water Colour Print

Wild Flower Meadow Watercolour Mounted Print by Jackie Payne £30

Daisies - Watercolour Mounted Print by Jackie Payne £30 (9"x13")

Daisies – Watercolour Mounted Print by Jackie Payne £30 (9″x13″)

Springer Spaniel - Print of acrylic painting by Jackie Payne £30 (8.25"X11")

Springer Spaniel – Print of acrylic painting by Jackie Payne £30 (8.25″X11″)

Huxtable Farm Bed and Breakfast in Devon near Exmoor National Park, situated near the village of West Buckland,  halfway between the historic market towns of Barnstaple and South Molton and an ideal base for exploring North Devon’s beautiful gardens; Castle Hill Gardens, RHS Rosemoor, Marwood Hill and National Trust Arlington Court

Pumpkins

October – Half Term – Things to do

Apple Picking

Apple Picking

 

Here at Huxtable Farm B&B, we are still busy picking apples so that we have plenty to serve as a compote at the breakfast table. Whilst staying at Huxtable Farm B&B you are very welcome to pick your own apples and do some fabulous fungi spotting, there have been some great varieties this year, here are a few photographs for you to enjoy.

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There is still so much to do in North Devon during October;

Autumn leaves at North Devon B&B

Autumn leaves at North Devon B&B

Enjoy an autumnal walk from Huxtable Farm, through  woodlands amongst the glorious golden colours of the tree canopy.

Taste delicious West Country Food at award winning eateries, local farmers markets and food festivals e.g. North Devon Food Fest 21st October

Have a Batty time, at National Trust Arlington Court, by following the spooky bat trail and finding out more about the bats that live at Arlington Court 20th -28th October 2018

Moon seen from Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve

Moon seen from Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve

 

Gaze at the stars and moon on a clear, crisp night or during Exmoor Dark Skies Festival 20th October – 4th November

Hunt for Exmoor Red Deer (with your eyes & camera) during the rutting season (October) when Stags give their location away when they ‘roar’ also know as ‘bolving’ Exmoor Rangers lead deer walks and there are a few 4X4 off road tour guides who will show you where to find the deer.

Don’t forget to click on this link to see what ‘Things you can do for free at Huxtable Farm’ 

Pumpkin carving 26, 27 & 28th October at RHS Rosemoor Gardens

Ruth Bateman's eisel

Ruth Bateman’s easel

New this October at Huxtable Farm – Three day painting expressive and experimental painting course at Huxtable Farm 23rd, 24th & 25th October 2018 10am – 4pm with Ruth BatemanClick here to find out the details

Bespoke art day with Ruth Bateman

Bespoke art day with Ruth Bateman

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Huxtable Farm, West Buckland, situated half way between Barnstaple & South Molton, near Exmoor National Park, Devon

 

New valley view through trees on Huxtable Farm Devon Wildlife Trail, now that our neighbour has felled a woodland area

Beautiful valley view through trees on Huxtable Farm Devon Wildlife Trail

Sunflower

August – Things to do in North Devon

Cards painted by Jackie

Cards painted by Jackie

Although a bit of the shock to the system, the much need rain at the end of July will be great to get the grass growing again. and the sheep will be happy not be eating what looked & felt like crispy hay!

In the good weather I’ve been busy painting producung some cards and prints available to purchase, printed from some of my art work.

 

There’s so much to see and do in North Devon with so much going on during August, here’s a little sample of what’s happening;

Instow from Appledore

Instow from Appledore

1st August   North Devon Show

4th – 11th August Combe Martin Carnival  week

5th August  Appledore and Instow Regatta Day , a day of races and activities.

10th August  World Championship Crabbing Contest on , starting at 5pm on Appledore Quay.

11th August;   Lynmouth Raft Race, The Big Sheep  BMX Day, Ilfracombe’s South West Birdman, where people jump of the pier in an attempt to fly in fun costumes

11th and 12th August  Exmoor Zoo  Bug Weekend – Get up close to some of England’s bugs

16th August Dartington Crystal, glassware company are having a gin event. They’ll be making their own crystal gin for one day only and are also offering free engraving when you buy a bottle of gin and a pair of gin glasses.

18th August the Pleasure Dome Theatre Company will be performing Lear at the Valley of Rocks near Lynton and Lynmouth

RHS Rosemoor Flower Show

RHS Rosemoor Flower Show

18th August Clovelly’s Gig Regatta Day with live music and BBQ

17, 18 & 19th August RHS Rosemoor Flower Show

18th – 19th August Bubblicious Bubble Weekend at The Big Sheep, where you can make some gigantic bubbles 🙂

19th August Appledore Carnival

23rd – 25th August  at the Landmark Theatre Ilfracombe Beer Festival

25th August the Grand Tour MINI Run at The Big Sheep

National Trust Arlington Court

National Trust Arlington Court

26th August Marshall from Paw Patrol will be at The Big Sheep

26th August Ilfracombe Carnival

27th August. Watch the end of the annual MINI Madness Grand Tour in Ilfracombe

31st August Alice’s adventures in Wonderland at National Trust Arlington Court

Throughout August Quince Honey Farm will be hosting live beekeeping demonstrations and RHS Garden Rosemoor are holding a Jurassic Discovery Garden Trail

Not forgetting that there are so many Free things to do at Huxtable Farm B&B

and beautiful North Devon places to visit;

Valley of the Rocks near Lynton and Lynmouth

Valley of the Rocks near Lynton and Lynmouth

Watersmeet Exmoor

Watersmeet Exmoor

National Trust Arlington Court

National Trust Arlington Court

Baggy Point Cafe Sandleigh

Baggy Point Cafe Sandleigh

September & October at Huxtable Farm ;

Art Trek 2018 – North Devon Open Studios 14th – 30th September. Huxtable Farm’s Jacob wool is part of this years Art Trek open to the public on the 15th, 16th, 18th, 25th, 29th & 30th September  11am – 4pm.

New this year at Huxtable Farm – Three day painting course with Ruth Bateman – 23, 24 & 25th October – Click here to find out the details

Huxtable Farm B&B, West Buckland, Barnstaple, North Devon, England

 

 

Tarr Steps Exmoor

July – Fruit, butterflies & Things to do in North Devon

Butterfly-tortoiseshell

Butterfly-tortoiseshell

butterfly-peacock

Butterfly Peacock

Butterfly Green Veined White

Butterfly Green Veined White

Butterfly Meadow Brown

Butterfly Meadow Brown

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

 

Speckled wood Butterfly

Speckled wood Butterfly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The warm sunny weather this summer has been great for the butterflies

 

Shorn Jacob sheep

Shorn Jacob sheep

Fruit; Raspberries, Gooseberries and Logenberries

Fruit; Raspberries, Gooseberries and Logenberries

The ewes are pleased to have been shorn on the 2/7/18 and we now have Jacob fleeces available to purchase for spinning or felting. We also have some brown fleeces, a perfect natural material for when the weather gets colder and your plants e.g. Dalia’s need some protection from the frost.

Fruit picking is going well; the redcurrants are now Redcurrant Jelly, delicious with our Huxtable Farm Jacob Lamb. The gooseberries ‘Elderflower & Gooseberry Jam’ to have at the breakfast table with a warm croissant or some toasted homemade bread. The raspberries and loganberries as fresh fruit for breakfast.

RHS Rosemoor Rose Festival

RHS Rosemoor Rose Festival

 

Things to do/Events this July;

RHS Rosemoor Rose Festival has 2000 roses on display now 16th June – 22nd July – The largest rose gardens in the South West.

 

 

 

RHS Rosemoor Flower Show

RHS Rosemoor Flower Show

 

 

17, 18 & 19th August RHS Rosemoor Flower Show

 

 

 

New valley view through trees on Huxtable Farm Devon Wildlife Trail, now that our neighbour has felled a woodland area

New valley view through trees on Huxtable Farm Devon Wildlife Trail, now that our neighbour has felled a woodland area

National Trust Arlington Court – What’s on in July

Things to do for free at Huxtable Farm B&B

Tiverton Mid Devon Show 28th July

North Devon Show 1st August

 

 

Visit & see beautiful North Devon places;

National Trust Baggy Point near Croyde beach

National Trust Baggy Point near Croyde beach

Exmoor ponies near Landacre Bridge Exmoor

Exmoor ponies near Landacre Bridge Exmoor

Tarr Steps Exmoor

Tarr Steps Exmoor

Fly catcher on nest

Fly catcher on nest

 

 

Or stay at Huxtable Farm and enjoy the wildlife, such as these two very different fly catchers!

 

 

Cobwebs

Cobwebs

Huxtable Farm B&B, West Buckland, Barnstaple, North Devon EX32 0SR

Huxtable Farm B&B house & garden

July – Fruit picking and things to do

Butterflies & grasshopper at Huxtable Farm B&B, Devon/Exmoor

Butterflies & grasshopper at Huxtable Farm B&B, Devon/Exmoor

 

The beautiful weather through out May and July has been lovely for the butterflies, grasshopper and insects around the farm  but the sheep are looking forward to getting shorn on the 1st July –

The 'King' sheep at Huxtable Farm B&B

The ‘King’ sheep at Huxtable Farm B&B

 

 

 

 

Some sheep decided to shed their fleece already and who blames them, this Jacob obviously is keen to be the ‘King’ of the flock keeping it’s mane 🙂

Gooseberry & Elderflower Jam

Gooseberry & Elderflower Jam

 

Fruit picking has started – Gooseberry’s, redcurrants and the raspberries will be ready soon.

Fresh home-grown fruit for the breakfast table and homemade jams – ‘Elderflower & Gooseberry’ is a favourite jam with many to have on Huxtable Farm’s home baked granary toast or croissant.

 

 

Things to do/Events this July;

RHS Rosemoor Rose Festival has 2000 roses on display now 16th June – 22nd July – The largest rose gardens in the South West.

Clovelly Maritime Festival 14th July

National Trust Arlington Court – What’s on in July

Things to do for free at Huxtable Farm B&B

Tiverton Mid Devon Show 28th July

North Devon Show 1st August

Jacob lamb at lambing rime in Spring

Lambing and Easter chicks

Easter chick

Easter chick

 

The Easter chicks hatched on Easter Saturday and lambing has been quite challenging in the wet cold weather, lets hope a warm spell of sunshine arrives soon to dry out the fields, make the grass grow and for us all to enjoy – It’s always so lovely to see the lambs gambling in the sunshine.

 

Here are a few photographs through from a ewe giving birth to her lamb enjoying it’s first feed.

Jacob ewe in labour a lambs foot is just visible

Jacob ewe in labour a lambs foot is just visible

Lamb just born

Lamb just born

Jacob ewe cleaning her lamb

Jacob ewe cleaning her lamb

Ewe cleaning lamb and lamb starting to get up

Ewe cleaning lamb and lamb starting to get up

Lamb all clean with ewe

Lamb all clean with ewe

Lamb enjoying it's first feed

Lamb enjoying it’s first feed

 

Here are a few event’s occurring near to Huxtable Farm Bed and Breakfast (click on this link), in North Devon during the Easter holidays and local attractions with Easter activities; Quince Honey Farm, Castle Hill Easter Bunny Hunt The Big Sheep, The Milky Way, NT Arlington Court, RHS Rosemoor, Hartland Abbey and Clovelly.

However, there is also so much to see and do on and around the farm.

Huxtable Farm B&B, West Buckland, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 0SR

 

Happy New Year - 2018

Happy 2018

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy 2018 from all at Huxtable Farm B&B xx

Huxtable Farm B&B North Devon Exmoor

Huxtable Farm B&B North Devon Exmoor

Please click on this link (2018 events dates) for some events to look forward to whilst staying at Huxtable Farm B&B and here for things you can do for free

Such as ;- Witness our ewes lambing during the three weeks 26th March – 14th April. Easter is on the 1st April; to look forward to Easter Egg hunts at all the attractions in the area; Quince Honey Farm, The Big Sheep, The Milky Way, NT Arlington Court, RHS Rosemoor, Hartland Abbey and find the Easter chicks at Clovelly!

Other dates to remember: 14th February – Valentines Day, 11th March Mother Day, 1st April Easter Day & Bank Holidays 7th & 28th May. 17th June – Fathers Day and Summer Bank Holiday 27th August.

 

Autumn leaves at North Devon B&B

October – North Devon things to do

So much happening in North Devon this October. . . .

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, see how many different fungi you can find and more . . . .

Autumn leaves (Autumn walks in North Devon)

Autumn leaves (Autumn walks in North Devon)

 

A variety of fungi in the woodland at B&B near Barnstaple

A variety of fungi in the woodland at B&B near Barnstaple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Face at RHS Rosemoor Gardens

Pumpkin Face at RHS Rosemoor Gardens

To see what else is happening in North Devon  this October please click on the following links;

RHS Rosemoor in October,  7th & 8th October Apple Festival, 13th -15th October Wood Festival, 21st & 22nd Antiques & Collectors Fair, 28th & 29th Pumpkin Weekend.

Halloween Festival at The Big Sheep 21st – 29th October – Pumpkin carving, haunted house, spooky castle, free face painting and much more!

Star Wars at The Milky Way 28th Oct

National Trust Arlington Court in October: 21st – 29th October Haunted Halloween Trail, 27th Oct Spooky Night Walk, 24th & 27th Oct Halloween Crafts

North Devon Food Festival

North Devon Food Festival

 

North Devon Food Festival 22nd October

19th – 29th October Exmoor’s first Dark Skies Festival, celebrating Exmoor National Park’s status as Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. The Festival will appeal to families and children as well as those more experienced in watching the stars.

Don’t forget there’s so much you can do at Huxtable Farm B&B for FREE too

Butterfly tortoiseshell in garden

August/September

We’ve seen quite a few different butterflies this year enjoying the insect loving plants at Huxtable Farm, all majestic but this is one of my favourites, the small Tortoiseshell butterfly.

Saw quite a few butterflies at this years RHS Rosemoor Flower Show. Here are some photographs of the show for you to enjoy, the date for next years Flower Show will be the 17th, 18th & 19th August 2018

Other events & things to do during August and September in North Devon  ; –

RHS Rosemoor Gardens –  Enid Blyton Exhibition of Memorabilia exhibition 15th July – 28th August. Famous Five fun at Rosemoor (childrens activities) 29 July – 3 September Mon – Friday

Tapeley Park Gardens, Instow, Devon

Tapeley Park Gardens, Instow, Devon

Gardens to visit in North Devon

National Trust Arlington Court – Family ranger days, drop-in family crafts & garden days – PDF of events

Things to do for free at Huxtable Farm B&B

Barricane beach Woolacombe

Barricane beach Woolacombe

 

 

Beaches to visit in North Devon

Arts and Crafts in North Devon

Family Fun in North Devon

Huxtable Farm Jacob wool cable wrist warmers & scarf Knitting Kit

Huxtable Farm Jacob wool cable wrist warmers & scarf Knitting Kit

 

September – I have entered this year’s Art Trek 2017 – North Devon Open Studios, so that you and others can view Huxtable Farm’s Jacob wool products. We will be open on the 16th, 17th, 19th, 26th & 30th September & 1st October 11am – 4pm.

 

Blackberries

Blackberries

 

With September approaching, foraging and harvesting fruit from the wild will begin; The elderberries are ripening and we’ve already pick a few blackberries – You are welcome to pick your own too and do some fungi spotting whilst staying at Huxtable Farm B&B!