Category Archives: Farming

Quite a contrast of days here on Dartmoor

The contrast between yesterday, New Year’s Eve, and today, New Year’s Day, could hardly be more pronounced. Yesterday was the deluge. I don’t just mean it rained, I mean a real deluge. I went shopping in Ashburton for about 10 … Continue reading

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Rocky meets the lamb-dog

Meet May. She is an orphan lamb who has been brought up on a friends’s farm on Dartmoor along with their two dogs. As a result May thinks she is a dog. No really. When Rocky and I arrived, him … Continue reading

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Saturday night was panto night – Oh, no it wasn’t, Oh yes it was!

Last Saturday night was not only the final of Strictly Come Dancing, but also the last night of the Moorland Merrymaker’s 2011 pantomime, Treasure Island, at Leusden village hall. Their pantomime is a great Dartmoor institution and sells out very … Continue reading

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Dartmoor’s tatty sheep

Dartmoor is full of lambs at the moment looking as cute and bouncy as lambs always do. There are, however, some sheep looking decidedly tatty too. One breed of sheep that is out on the moor sheds it’s own fleece … Continue reading

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Following the Dartmoor legend of Jan Coo

Ten days ago a friend and I set out to follow in the footsteps of Jan Coo, the Dartmoor farmhand who was lured away by the pixies. It was to try out the route for a walk I’m doing, later … Continue reading

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Fire and ice on Dartmoor

Now that we have had a few days of clear, dry weather the moor has dried out enough for the farmers to begin swaling. This is the practice of burning off areas of overgrown gorse and bracken. It helps to … Continue reading

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Goodness, it’s cold out there!

A brisk walk up Sharp Tor via the old farmstead and round houses today. Gorgeous day – cold, frost still lying in the shade, with a blue sky and plenty of winter sunshine. The wind was keen and cold, but … Continue reading

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