Wednesday, March 14, 2018


We all knew it was going to hit us, our 'Beast from the East', but I think the strong winds which caused massive snowdrifts were the biggest problem. The last big snowfall at Burrow was also in February, back in 2009. Spades out to dig pathways to the barn and horses in the stables, but the biggest problem was frozen taps which meant carrying loads of buckets of water, so tiring. Here we are on 12 March and there are still drifts of snow in areas around Exmoor, what strange weather.

Spring Project

We seem to have started the year with reasonable weather for January, which allowed us to start the project of improving the courtyard and drive. It has become so full of weeds and in areas very muddy that we decided something radical needed to take place. We started outside of one of the doors of the medieval barn by laying a brick area outside the duck house, as this was particularly muddy and then more bricks were laid outside of the second door and around the edge of the barn. We will be laying stone around the edge of the bricks and into the courtyard and then we will be having some tarmac laid in front of the gate onto the road as this area has broken up.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas 2017

We do not usually have guests staying in the holiday cottage during Christmas, as we are often in the middle of some building work which would not be very good for guests. This year we are busy working inside the main house so we have some guests staying and we thought we would put up a Christmas wreath on the door to welcome them when they arrived. This wreath was made by a friend and it came all the way from Wales!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Aaaah My Baby Goats

I have just collected three young goats from Huckford Golden Guernsey Goats in Bristol. They are called Geoffrey and Ginny who are brother and sister and Copper. Ginny had an accident when she was quite young and broke a back leg which meant she had to have a plaster cast, but now she is fine and skipping about. Copper is a pure bred Golden Guernsey and Geoffrey and Ginny are 3/4 Golden Guernsey and 1/4 Boer. Geoffrey has the white on his body and Ginny is the one standing up. I am keeping them separate from my other goats at the moment until they have settled in.

The Repointing still goes on

Well I can't believe that I am now into my third year of pointing walls.I still haven't completed pointing the wall along the stream, but I decided one wall in the corner of the outdoor school desperately needed pointing as quite a few of the stones had fallen out. I have nearly completed this small section, just the top few rows left and then I will return to the stream wall, which is in serious need of repair before it collapses.

Spotted Flycatcher

This June one of our guests noticed that there was a nest on the old drainpipe, which is behind the patio doors. He identified it as a Spotted Flycatcher. I would never have noticed if I hadn't been shown the nest.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Roof Complete

Our lovely Thatchers finished the roof one week early and so did Andy our builder with re-building the main chimney stack. This gave us plenty of time to clear up the yard, wash the walls of the house and clean the windows. The cottage is now ready for our first guests of the year.