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Wild flowers……..just heading to Autumn now.

Well, our mini wild flower area around the bay has done really well this first year attracting lots of bees, butterflies and the like.  So many lovely colours swaying in the coastal breeze, waving their heads around.  Our talented guest Andrew Finnegan must be thanked for this great photograph, which he has kindly let me

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Taking a pet for a walk…….

Well, just as I was getting the tea out of the oven, minding my own business there was a tap on the window……….Stephen and his animal!!  He was just taking it out for a walk on the halter and teaching it to stand correctly for the showring.  We just caught this nice photo as they

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Straw here and straw there………

Well, got some combining done in Yorkshire and we have been efficient at having it delivered up here to stock up for Winter.  Barley straw is used for both feed and bedding up here on the farm.  The cattle enjoy the roughage of it mixed and chopped up in with the silage, as well as

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Walking at Kippford.

A visit to beautiful Kippford is a must.  Seeing the moored boats with their tinkling bells, smelling the fresh sea air and following the Jubilee path to Rockcliffe is a real treat.  Walking along the coastal road and peeping at all the hidden surprises along the way makes you feel like a child at heart……….how

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Pest control the natural way…..

Well, venturing in to the kitchen are the newest recruits to the farm pest control team.  Born here at Ross, mother shows them the ropes to keep the farm healthy and tidy.  Call into the kitchen for supper and a peek around then back out to work, don’t forget to have a hiss little kitten!!

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More action……………tractor power.

Hay made, we then concentrated on making haylage – baling the dry grass, and wrapping it with the black plastic to give the animals a great tasty alternative to dry hay and clamp silage (grass in a silage clamp fermented to a great winter feed). Trying to balance the diet for the animals is hard

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Red sky at night…….

……..shepherds delight as they say, well we are certainly due some nice weather, and nice it has been so far in May. Long may it continue. Beautiful sunny days and gentle tides, all gives a relaxing feeling of summer!!

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Smile………………..

Well Spring, if you can call it that has been a really tough time down here and for many farmers. The true risk of farming is always the weather. We have had freezing temperatures followed by rain, wind, drizzle, mist and warmth. Its easy for us to take a coat off or put a scarf

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Hereford heifer for the future.

This little cutie is a hereford cross heifer which we intend to keep as a replacment cow in the future. Her dad is the handsome red chappie with a white face who is huge but as quiet as a mouse as he patrols the fields looking after his girls. Hope you enjoy seeing him on

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Celebrations at Ross Bay.

What better way than to spend the festive period at Ross Bay Retreat?  We have had a busy time over Christmas and New Year – Happy 2017 to you all.  The weather here has been lovely, cold but dry just perfect for those family walks around the coast, fresh air then retreat to the cosy

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We also have a Country Escape in Yorkshire


Overdale Cottage is a cosy pet friendly cottage in the charming village of Harome, 3 miles from the Helmsley on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.

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