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This Saturday from 11 till 3 there is an Easter Holiday treat for Haslemere kids at Swan Barn Farm. We will be running an easter egg trail. Follow the trail clues with your family around the beautiful woods and meadows and solve the clues to win your prize of a Cadbury Easter Egg. The trail will stay open till 4, but last chance to set off will be at 3pm. Car parking is in the Town centre car parks, make your way either down Collards Lane, or through the car park behind Collingwood Bachelor to find us. The trail costs £3 and there will be refreshments available as well.

There are lots of fantastic things to see at the Farm at the moment. Easter is a time of new life in the countryside and it is bursting out all around us. Just behind the High Street the blossom on the Pear trees is at its absolute perfect peak right now.

Pear tree

The apple blossom is a couple of weeks away, but right now the pear trees are alive and buzzing with the sounds of the local bees making the most of this spring bounty.

pear blossom

The sheep are enjoying the fresh flush of grass in the orchards and the new lambs are enjoying running round like maniacs and causing mischief in the spring sunshine.

Sheep

One of them has earnt the nickname “bandit”, partly from the patches over her eyes (see below), but also from her seeming ability to find trouble and get into scrapes wherever possible.

bandit

Sarah has been saving up some of the eggs from our chickens so that we could rear a really special easter treat for our visitors, as well as providing some replacement birds for the flock that provide eggs for the table of our volunteers.

They were watched and looked after, turned regularly and kept snug in the incubator for three weeks with everyone wondering how they were doing.

eggs

A couple of days before they were due to hatch you could hear the muffled sounds of tiny “cheap’s” coming from inside the eggs, and two days later…

hatching

Success! Pretty cute aren’t they. They are Speckled and Buff Sussex chicks, traditional local breeds.

chick

The animals will all be out and about at the farm on the day of the Easter Egg trail, it should be fantastic fun, hope to see you there.

 

 

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I know, its a terrible pun, but it wasn’t my idea. One of the beds in the basecamp provided the perfect area for germinating seeds.

Some of the vegetable seeds we planted out a couple of weeks ago needed thinning out and transplanting this morning, its really exciting seeing the seedlings starting to grow, for some reason I especially like it when the bean plants germinate, they have a really comical way of unfurling their first couple of leaves.

We tried to get a nice mix of vegetables, which we largely did. Not quite sure what happened when it came to the brassica’s though, we seemed to plant quite a lot, could be a bit windy at Swan Barn Farm later this year.

Meanwhile the onions are starting to grow and you can just make out the first rows of salad and rocket reaching up for the light.

I’ve been waiting for the last couple of weeks for the first of the lambs to be born to the small flock of sheep that graze our orchards. This week the first ones finally arrived.

Very cute, I am sure they will be getting quite a few visitors in the coming weeks.

Things have been a bit quiet on the building for the last week or two, we have been having to catch up on a number of other jobs across the Black Down estate as well as getting easter over and done with (if you came along I hope you enjoyed the easter egg hunt, it was very well attended).

Over the coming weeks we are going to be getting back in the building and aiming to get the last details finished as soon as we can.

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