Becky Sherman, The Squire Farm, Chapel Lawn, Bucknell, Shropshire. SY7 0BW
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THE SQUIRE FARM
The Squire Farm, Chapel Lawn, Bucknell, Shropshire SY7 0BW
SQUIRE FARM NEWS
Eggs from our own hens are for sale at £1.25 per half dozen.
(Subject to availability and when we can find them)
Follow the link for details or ask me, Becky on
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This page is a sort of ‘blog’ I suppose, but I prefer to call it ‘News’ and try to keep it up to date with what is going on on the farm and property. If you are interested in anything in particular, please ask!
Back in December, I mentioned giving up the sheep see Farm News 2019 and it has now happened. They all went one day in January (except two badger-
We will still be selling frozen mutton -
The wethers immediately got caught up in brambles!
Perky was one of those lambs which missed out on the crucial colostrum from her Mother, but in spite of that insisted on living… she is slightly deformed, but still lives on. We feel we have to keep her!
Flooding has been a main topic of news recently and we have witnessed some very dramatic local flooding. Fortunately, here on our little spur, we are well out of the water, but getting in and out can be a little tricky. Also, fortunately, being quite high, the water leaves us quickly and the ground dries up fast.
The hens are the worst off as they have a leak above their stable and a puddle in the middle of their floor!
This is a silted up pond in the course of our stream. First the ash tree came down (News 2019), then it silted up even more!
We have new heating in Xidong. Since the under-
It should be noted that if guests would like the heating to be set differently, then they only have to ask us to alter it. Please!
We were very fortunate that the weather in April, May and June was so benign; Peter’s first priority being the rebuilding of the waterfall in Xidong. Thanks to a careless visitor or their dog, the fishpond water feature developed a leak. It had to be rebuilt three times before the leak was conquered.
It was a hard and demanding job, needing a well earned mug of tea at regular intervals.
The end result has been well worth the effort.
We sampled this little paradise for ourselves, one weekend in May and found out just how delightful it is to stay here! The atmosphere is so peaceful and light, spacious and interesting. From the fishpond and waterfall and the back wall, the stones and even the pollarded chestnuts in the garden to the beams and stonework inside, it has all you need to practice your mindfulness and experience inner peace.
Of course, this may have been helped by the beautiful weather we experienced!
The cottages may have been closed to visitors, but in the interim, we have been busy (Peter has been busy) renovating, rejuvenating, repairing, rebuilding and resuscitating.
The stairs in Squire Cottage have been sanded and sealed.
Some vital pointing has been done around the bottom of the walls -
Goldie hatched 11 chicks, though not all have survived and many of them are cockerels.
…and Perry, our Badger Faced ram has been sold and has gone to his new home over the hill and far away!
Please Note, Dog Owners:
We are happy to accept dogs with their owners in the cottages, but have experienced certain problems, both in the past and recently. Every time a dog jumps into our fishpond, some damage is done not to mention scaring the fish, which can be very expensive in time and cost.
We opened our doors again in July and have been and still are fully booked until November. Of course that is partially because we are leaving a three or four day buffer between bookings, which ensures that there will be very little chance of our guests passing nasty viruses on in our cottages. It also safeguards whoever is doing the cleaning. Our guests are loving the fishpond in Xidong garden.
Below, the large and top-
It is one of the few ash trees not showing any sign of disease, so I hope it will continue to be healthy.
It doesn’t look very pretty now, but will be so much happier next spring.
We are planning to extend the Squire Cottage garden and fully enclose it so that you people with dogs and children can leave them safely behind fencing!!
Peter has built a new paved seating area with sleeper surround and an interesting path and steps through some new planting.
There is also an Easter Island head made by our tenant, Simon Jameson of 1066 Creations
Autumn walks in the woods and fields around Squire Farm is a perfect delight, especially when the weather goes your way and it is warm and sunny. The leaves will start to change colour soon and the countryside will get even prettier!
Squire Cottage garden makeover
All the hard landscaping is now done and the garden is fenced in and secure with some solar powered LED lighting. However, there is a lot of planting to be done including some turf for the extended lawn and shifting a shrub or two. There will be heathers and heucheras, herbs and h…… whatever -
Laying turf bought in after a failed attempt at cutting our own!
Sheep want cake!
This is a woodland track you can follow after a climb straight up Stowe Hill from the farm.
On the left is the sunken lane part of the track on the farm. The rock slab on the right has been literally uprooted by a fallen hawthorn or holly (can’t remember which)
We’ve had some beautiful weather recently, which have produced just the right conditions for pictures to show off our countryside!
Apart from some more planting, this is the finished garden. It’s a rough lawn, in keeping with its field surround.