September News

Hello from us all here on the farm, hope you’ve had chance over the summer to take advantage of the lovely weather. We proudly collected our RSPB/Telegraph Wildlife Award from the Welsh Minister at the Royal Welsh Show in July and are delighted to be finalists in two categories of the Monmouthshire Business Awards this year. We look forward to the glitzy awards night in October, sounds like a good excuse to dress up!

Receiving our award off the Welsh Minister

Receiving our award off the Welsh Minister

Thank you to everybody who came to see us on the stand at Monmouth Show. Congratulations to the “Guess The Poo” winners and apologies to anyone who heard me singing in the Countryside Ring. We will be at the Country Fair at Cardiff Castle on the 28th/29th September and also at the Farm Business Innovation Show in London on the 28th/29th November.

Gertie, Liz and Bessie farrowed in August and we have 36 beautiful piglets, two of which are pictured here at less than 5 minutes old!

Thanks to the weather, we have managed a second cut of silage this year and been busy combining this month. With our spring oats now safely stored in the barn, we are hoping to finish the barley next week.

Combining in the sun

Livestock courses are now all full for the remainder of 2013 but new dates for 2014 will be on the website very soon. The date for our new course “Pickles, preserves & alcohol, homemade gifts for Christmas” is Friday 18th October but be warned, chocolate and alcohol will be involved 🙂 There are still places available on our Cider Making days in October and November.

Cider making team 2012

Cider making

It is with sad news that I have to end this month’s blog. Our wonderful Country Writing tutor, my Dad, Jack Benson, passed away suddenly in August. A true countryman, writer and rhymer whose sheer love and understanding of the countryside underlined everything he wrote. He has left behind an amazing legacy in his writings, songs, recordings and most of all in the memories of all the people he met and inspired. His blog can be found here.