Hendra Farm Blog and latest news
Well, it's been a very busy year for us - so much so that I've only just realised that our blog has been sorely neglected!! Our phenomenal open day was quickly folowed by a very successful Looe Food and Drink Festival at the end of June. Early July saw the screening of our episode of The Hungry Sailors on ITV - it was filmed a year previously but was well worth the wait as it came across really well, and we received a lot of positive comments from people who watched it. For the rest of July and August we were kept busy with all our regular markets, Morval Vintage Rally, and trying to keep up with all the regular farm work. We were also having to nurse dear old Beauty again - she was taken very poorly in early July and it was touch and go with her for some time. Thankfully, true to form, she pulled through and is now back to her usual stoical self! September brought the Looe Music Festival, where we had a catering pitch with our alpaca burgers - they went down an absolute storm and we quickly sold out! So now we are heading into winter again! Where has the time gone? If you want to keep up with the daily goings on at Hendra Farm then pop on over to our Facebook page .
STOP PRESS!!! Our open day was a phenomenal success, with £858.50 being raised for our nominated charities!! £100 for the Devon & Cornwall Food Association was raised on the raffle, £178.50 for The Poppy Appeal on refreshments, and an amazing £580 on the gate for The Cornwall Air Ambulance!!
HENDRA FARM - OPEN DAY 9th JUNE 2013 1PM - 5PM
Parking at Little Hendra by kind permission of W G Lee & Son
Information on their farming activities i.e. beef and cereals will be on display as you walk down our lane. Their cows can be seen grazing in the fields.
Shire Horses - meet Viddy, Lilibet & Beauty. Fuss, groom and feed them carrots.
Alpacas - Meet Little Man & Fleur, see others grazing and talk to Nick Weber, Chairman of British Camelids who will be here to answer all your questions.
There will also be sheep, pigs, rheas, poultry, rabbits, ducks, geese, Bernie the Buzzard and our aviary birds on display. Plus two other very special little birds!
Browse some wonderful stalls - gifts, jewellery, plants, collectables, teddy bears, handmade cards, homemade fudge, jams and preserves, books........!
Face painting for the children from 1pm - 3.30pm.
A display of paintings by the children of Looe Primary School, and some of wonderful work they did on hatching chicks from eggs we provided. The chicks will be here too!
Homemade cakes, teas and coffees on sale - this stall is run by our local branch of the RBL - all proceeds to The Poppy Appeal.
Pelyn vets will be here to discuss the importance of their work to farmers and answer any questions you may have.
The Devon & Cornwall Food Association will be promoting the work they do in sourcing spare food for the needy.
Enjoy a BBQ showcasing our famous Alpaca 'Pacabangers' and 'Pacaburgers'! (Veggie and pork sausages available too).
Homemade crepes will also be on offer!
The Larder will be open for purchases of all our farm meats - alpaca, rhea, lamb and pork.
Provided I can collar some hapless soul to row, there will be boat rides for the children around the pond!
Entry by donation the Cornwall Air Ambulance - please be generous.
STRICTLY NO DOGS
SENSIBLE FOOTWEAR ESSENTIAL
We've been very busy planning for our Open Day as part of Open Farm Sunday. Full details to follow.
Looe Food Festival on 29th and 30th June 2013. We are having a stand showcasing our alpaca meats, burgers and sausages, and our Herdwick lamb. Last year was a tremendous success and we are very excited about attending for the first time this year.
Thought you'd enjoy these before and after shots of Lilibet having an 'oh be joyful' moment in the field - thankfully nothing hurt more than pride!
OMG!! That must have been the longest, darkest and wettest Winter ever!! It has been such hard work too. Anyhow, we have all survived, intact, and there is lots to look forward to now that Spring is on its way.
Farmer's Markets - We are now selling our increasingly popular alpaca and rhea meat at Lostwithiel market which is every other Friday, and the market at Bodmin Nursery, which is the 3rd Saturday of each month. Bodmin Nursery have their two day Spring festival on the 20th & 21st April and are running their farmer's market alongside - we will be there!!
Hens - After our winter break we are now stocking a full range of our Trelawny hybrid point of lay pullets. These are top of the range birds, fully vaccinated, and ideal for keeping free range or equally at home as garden pets.
Open Farm Sunday - we will be holding an open farm day as part of this national event. Sunday 9th June is the date for your diary!! More details to follow.
We now have 'Rheally Tasty' Rhea sausages available in three delicious flavours! These are in addition to our 'Pacabangers' Alpaca sausages, 'Tibbylicious' Lamb and Mint sausages and 'Well Tickled' pork sausages! See The Larder for more details.
We got married!!
Lilibet aged 8 wks and 'Nanny Beaut'
Rosie on her first birthday 2nd August 2012
Pelynt Trelawny Fair 1st July - Beauty & Lilibet
Beauty and Jowan (age 7)
Our newest arrival!! Hendra Diamond Jubilee or 'Lilibet' born 7th June 2012
Lilibet was sadly rejected by her Mum, so we are hand rearing her. Follow her progress on our Facebook page.
Off heat, unsexed Reeves Pheasant chicks available now - please call 07506 604445
We've got a super selection of laying hens in NOW! Be quick, they are selling fast.
16th May - A visit from the foundation class of Looe Primary School. Great fun was had by all!!
5th May - The film crew for The Hungry Sailors, with Dick and James Strawbridge, have been here all afternoon filming us for inclusion in their next series. Great fun all round - what super guys. Dick achieved a life time's ambition of riding a Shire horse - good old Beauty happily obliged on that one. A Rhea's egg was scrambled, Bonnie the alpaca had a pedicure, Mowzer the cat took a starring role, the lambs played their part brilliantly, and even the rabbits had lead roles! Look out for us in the new series which will be screened next January.
New arrivals! Bing, Bong, Boing and Bounce!
Due to the sad loss of one of our wallabies, which left just one on his own, we have now acquired some more!
We are now producing and selling Alpaca meat - for more info see our Alpaca meat page!
Rosie - aged 5 months
Opening of The Larder - our onsite farm produce outlet
New Arrival - 2nd August 2011
Hendra Rosara (Rosie)