We are now starting our 4 week break....where has this year gone to??
The Cotswold Christmas Fair at Andoversford turned out to be a rather quiet affair - mainly due to it being 'Black Friday'....and so we didn't get the foot fall we would normally. Still the stall ended up being ok, and we only have a few trees left, along with a few jars of jellies and jams.
The pork, gammon, bacon and sausages are all back - we have virtually sold out of pork, but the gammon and bacon are still available - it does look fantastic!
We had our end of term lunch last thursday here at the house. It was a great affair again, with all the volunteers pitching in to help cooking with me, and producing puddings galore! The students so enjoy getting together - it's a great end to their year. We also invited the head chef from The Bathurst Arms, Ben and Sue, one of our Trustees, so it ended up with 25 of us squeezed into the hall and round the dining table. Of course we had pork, slow roasted over night and it was delicious!
We are one of two charities that Tescos have given a 'helping hand' to this week. They had a cheque presentation at the large Tesco store in Kingsmeadow on Friday, and Johnny came with me to the photo call. We all had to wear silly Christmas hats....not looking forward to that photo! We are putting the cheque towards a set of livestock scales to weigh the sheep and pigs during the year.
Today, Alan (volunteer) came with me to pick up 'Perry' the boar. We have very kindly been lent him again by Gary Salter. Gary has started producing delicious salamis and parma hams with his Oxford Sandy and Blacks. Perhaps we will be able to build on a 'butcher's and cutting room' next year...it would be great to start producing our own specialities too. As we parked the trailer next to the woodland, Sandy and Perry were calling out to each other, and they almost walked off hand in hand - it was lovely to see!
i don't want to speak too soon, but the ducks are back laying again...not sure if it's the khakis or the older Aylesbury, but our customers are very happy! We also appear to have happy hens back laying. One of our new volunteers did a bit of research, and discovered that hens like laying low down, and the houses we bought from Countrywide have all their nesting boxes really high up. So we have put some nesting boxes on the floor for them, and moved the purches up higher - result...we are definitely getting more eggs!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE, and do keep spreading the word.
with festive wishes, for a peaceful time and a prosperous New year,
We are located 4 miles north of Cirencester, between the villages of North Cerney, and Woodmancote. From A435 you take the turning towards Bagendon, go up past the Church to the T junction. Turn right towards Woodmancote and Scrubditch Farm is approximately 100 yards on the right. The Care Farm is situated down the drive, up the track on the left.
From A417, turn off at Perrotts Brook/Daglingworth, and proceed towards Perrotts Brook. Just before the A435, turn left towards Woodmancote. Go for approximately 1 1/2 miles and Scrubditch Farm is on the right, just past the Bagendon/North Cerney Cross Roads.