The view across the valley is changing slowly from greens to golds and reds. The rams are going head to head in trials of strength in readiness for Autumn tupping and all the sheep have been trimmed and tidied up for Winter.
The latest litter of pigs are growing away very well and we shall soon hear the sound of a new set of trotters. Four females of our rare Gloucestershire Old Spots bloodline have just gone to start a new herd in Shropshire, but the total number left in the world is still below 60, so we canít sit back and take things easy just yet!
Our Narragansett turkeys have done well this year and we have some fine birds to take through Winter ready for breeding next Spring. These are so rare they are definitely not for Christmas lunch! Our rare breed chickens have also done well and chicks hatched this year will start to lay around Christmas, giving us a variety of shapes and eggshell colours to sell from the farmgate.
Guests coming to Hareley Barn find Bromyard, three miles away, a delight for shopping. Three traditional butchers selling locally sourced meat, two bakers that bake on the premises and an excellent delicatessen are among the independent shops in the High Street, along with a small Co-op supermarket which is open on Sundays. Bromyard also has a variety of inns, restaurants and takeaways and there are more scattered around the local area.
Guests staying in Hareley Barn this year have enjoyed visits to the National Trust properties at Brockhampton, Berrington Hall and Croft Castle and to Malvern Theatre. Other local places of interest include Eastnor Castle, Hampton Court and Hereford Cathedral, home of the Mappa Mundi. Garden lovers have a choice of open gardens, including those at Hampton Court, and Hergest Croft. Hareley Barn is also well placed for visits to the many events which take place at the Three Counties showground throughout the year. There are excellent walks from the door, linking to a network of local footpaths and cycle storage for those preferring two wheels.
Guests wanting to know more about any aspect of the farm, whether livestock, wildlife or farm management, can take a walk around the farm with Gillian and ask as many questions as they like.
Last updated: 12/10/2016