By jorochesway, Nov 14 2013 12:28PM
Autumn and early Winter are a great time to enjoy a visit to the New Forest. The bracken has turned a rusty hue and the leaves are starting to fall. The wild ponies that roam freely here are preparing themselves for the Winter ahead by sprouting thick shaggy coats to protect them from the elements.
My thoughts are turning to Christmas preparations and I'm determined to make the most of our excellent local Christmas makets this year. Winchester (pictured below), is always a great place to start with an ice rink and lots of stalls many of which are manned by local craftsmen like our potter friend Dave Rogers from Milford-on-Sea (see: www.vinegarhillpottery.co.uk).
The quintissentially English city of Salisbury is another great place to visit at Christmas and is reached by a 45-minute drive through some of the most beautiful areas of the New Forest. The stunning Cathedral holds some great free carol concerts as well as 'Darkness to Light' services. These services commence in complete darkeness and end with the lighting of around 1,300 candles.
Closer to home,Palace House in Beaulieu will be dressed for a Victorian Christmas (www.beaulieu.co.uk) and our home town of Lymington will soon be lighting up it's picturesque Georgian High Street.
Here at Bridge Farm our animal stocks for the Winter are down to our New Forest pony Star and our usual collection of chickens; this year's pigs are now in the freezer and the sheep have moved to other nearby fields for the next couple of months. They should be back in the Spring, just after lambing.
By jorochesway, Apr 28 2013 11:55AM
Lambs and ewes enjoying the spring sunshine at Bridge Farm.
By jorochesway, Apr 16 2013 1:54PM
Our two new piglets Spot and Uno have now settled in to life at Bridge Farm. They have been having a great time rooting though the earth of their enclosure and racing each other up and down squealing very loudly!
This weekend we have four ewes and their lambs arriving at Bridge Farm.
By jorochesway, Feb 16 2013 9:53AM
We have just reserved two piglets to arrive at Easter. They are British Saddlebacks, derived from Wessex Saddlebacks which were once the native pig of the New Forest. Sadly this breed was amalgamated with the Essex Saddleback in the 1960s.
By jorochesway, Jan 24 2013 2:54PM
Thankfully all the snow has now melted but it did look lovely...
If you want to visit in Winter we're still available for Christmas 2013!
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