Animal Farm

This isn’t a story based on Mr Orwell’s famous book, Animal Farm. It’s about the trip out we made when we took the Grandchildren to a small breeds farm and owl centre in lovely Herefordshire. Easter school holidays and we were fortunate to have both Grandchildren stay with us for a few days.

Small Animals

The weather was kind to us this year as the last time we visited was on a bitterly cold day in February. As the name suggests, this is a farm full of small animals such as sheep, goats, ponies and toy horses. This time of year too, there are quite a few young Spring lambs and goats that the children can pet and enjoy.

Food

Another feature, especially for the children, is the provision of small tubs of food pellets that you carry around with you and feed the goats or the sheep as you come across them. Wanting to join in and be a part of the Grandchildren’s gang for the day, both the wife and I carried a small bucket of pellets too. I had no idea what I was in for.

Instructions

There are strict instructions to feed only the goats and sheep and you must place a handful of pellets on the palm of your hand and offer them to the animals. The children were naturals at this and so was the wife, but me, oh my, it was one of those moments where you put your hand out and just before the slobbering mouth of a sheep takes in the pellets, I kept pulling my hand back! It felt like putting your hand in a bowl of jellyfish and waiting for the sting.

Slobber

Of course, it wasn’t anything like that, but when I finally managed to do it, it was still a strange sensation, especially with those animals that have tongues like sandpaper! I’m glad I did it though and it gave the Grandchildren a good laugh. Bit by bit though, I started putting handfuls from my bucket into the children’s buckets without them knowing. I just couldn’t live with the slobber!!

Website

The Small Breeds Animal and Owl Farm has a website and comes highly recommended. Even my Grandson asked if we could return the following day, but, tenpin bowling was already on the agenda.

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46 Comments
  • derrickjknight
    April 15, 2022

    These are marvellous facilities for children. I’m so with you to the extent that I leave it all to the children ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Trev
      April 15, 2022

      Thank you, Derrick. A truly wonderful place. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • SusanR
    April 15, 2022

    Oh what fun! I’d have enjoyed every second of this.

    • Trev
      April 15, 2022

      Thank you, Susan. I did enjoy myself and it was great fun. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Cindy Georgakas
    April 15, 2022

    lovely read Trev and fun times! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    • Trev
      April 15, 2022

      Thank you, Cindy and definitely fun times. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • bekitschig
    April 15, 2022

    At least you didn’t get attacked by a goat. The big ones can get pretty crazy about pellets ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Trev
      April 15, 2022

      Thatโ€™s right, they can be feisty. Thankfully, these were placid and slobby. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Peter's pondering
    April 15, 2022

    Nothing quite like a handful of dubious looking slobber!

    • Trev
      April 19, 2022

      Sorry for the delay in replying, Peter, I have only just seen this. And yes, there’s nothing like a handful of slobber. Thank you.:)

  • Gail
    April 15, 2022

    What a great experience for the Memory Book. ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ’•

    • Trev
      April 15, 2022

      Indeed it is, thank you, Gail. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • June Lorraine Roberts
    April 15, 2022

    You earned your stripes that day Trev ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Trev
      April 15, 2022

      I did, thank you, June. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • John
    April 15, 2022

    This sounds too slobbery for me, Trev, yuck! ๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Trev
      April 15, 2022

      It certainly was, John. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Going Batty in Wales
    April 15, 2022

    I am old enough to remember our milk being delivered by horse and cart (in a suburb of Manchester!) and my Mum givin me a crust of bread for the horse. The horse looke ENORMOUS! and I was quite scared but it was very gentle thank goodness and took the bread with its lips which were soft.

    • Trev
      April 15, 2022

      I can vaguely recall the horse and cart up in Birmingham. I remember picking its droppings up for the garden. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Yetismith
    April 15, 2022

    It’s a lovely experience for children. Important too, I think, for them to appreciate other species.

    • Trev
      April 15, 2022

      Yes, without a doubt, it helps the children. They asked to go back, but unfortunately we didnโ€™t have enough time. Thank you, Yeti ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Jim Flanigan
    April 15, 2022

    My takeaway is that for you, tenpin bowling > slobber. I agree!

    • Trev
      April 15, 2022

      Thank you, Jim ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Herb
    April 15, 2022

    I’m guessing you might not have grown up in the country or on a farm, lol. It looks like a good time. I don’t remember how old the grandkids are.

    • Trev
      April 15, 2022

      Youโ€™re right, Herb, I grew up in the city. My grandkids are 11 and 7. Thank you, Herb. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Cheryl
    April 15, 2022

    Fun times๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Trev
      April 15, 2022

      Indeed they are, thank you, Cheryl ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
    April 15, 2022

    Trev, sounds like a great outing! What’s a little slobber between friends? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Trev
      April 15, 2022

      Thank you, Cheryl and it was great even with the slobber. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • susiesopinions
    April 15, 2022

    I am with my granddaughters after 14 years, and itโ€™s taken the grieve away from Lenโ€™s passing ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Trev
      April 16, 2022

      Good news, Susie, thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • anotherdaywithjulie
    April 16, 2022

    The bucket doesn’t look that big in the picture… I am laughing … ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Trev
      April 16, 2022

      Thank you, Julie. Itโ€™s not that big, but big enough ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • luisa zambrotta
    April 16, 2022

    What a great place!

    • Trev
      April 16, 2022

      It is indeed. Thank you, Luisa. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Kajal
    April 18, 2022

    My first thought came back to George Orwell’s writings, since I recently read this book.
    This was a lovely read.

    • Trev
      April 18, 2022

      Thank you, Kajal. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • markbierman
    April 18, 2022

    Sounds like the makings of great memories.

    • Trev
      April 18, 2022

      Indeed it was. Thank you, Mark ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • KINDNESS WISDOM
    April 24, 2022

    Great to find you again ๐Ÿ˜ I have missed your adventures. Sorry about that. Last time that reclining chair had me in. That gave me an anxiety attack. Trust me. No more electric chairs. I gave mine away. Big relief ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Trev
      April 24, 2022

      Iโ€™m glad you found my blog again. Sorry about the recliner, but I am glad all is well again. ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you, Kindness.

  • Kally
    April 27, 2022

    Looks like lots of fun!

    • Trev
      April 27, 2022

      Thank you, Kally and it was great fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Holly Hunter
        May 7, 2022

        Wonderful fun and sweet memories.

        • Trev
          May 9, 2022

          Thank you, Holly. Sorry for the delay in replying. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • MythRider
    May 14, 2022

    I fell the same way about dogs. I like dogs, a lot. I like playing with them, petting them, scratching their tummies or behind their ear.
    I don’t like being licked and getting slobber all over my hands, legs, arms, or face. My face is the worse.;0(

    • Trev
      May 15, 2022

      I agree, I donโ€™t like that at all. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š