Some happy ducks and their ducklings.
Ther farm has the usual cattle and larger animals
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I fell for the smaller animals and fowls. I wouldn't normally call a turkey. "handsome" but this one was in his own way and HE obviously thought so too, as he strutted around.
There were some charming ducks, rather hard to photograph because of their duck proof wire fence, but I got this one rooting in his plastic pond
And I got the babies all curled up together
Even the baby pigs were nice, and certainly very clean
The farm's offices and admin, cafe and people centre is a little wooden structure with a turf roof.. You'll see the wooden railings are decorated with great big cut out animals. The leaders have their offices there and there seemed to be lots of people milling about - mums and toddlers, some kids on an outing from a local school, and a couple of people with learning difficulties who love to help on the farm.
I was touched and amused by the display of rosettes and prizes won by various animals, and also it seems by children who visit the farm regularly. Here's a small selection which is kept behind glass in a display cabinet.
There's also a cafe that is very casual (though clean) and it serves the most WONDERFUL wholefood at budget prices, as much as possible of it is home produced. I had this delicious salad, with home made bread that got me wanting to be more creative with the bread I make. There was also some spectacular cake afterwards, which I didn't photograph - maybe it got eaten too fast :)
Apart from the food, it is great to be somewhere tucked away in the middle of the corporate, money-making world, which celebrates a more down to earth life.