Entries by Fiona Walker

Shakespeare’s Birthday 23rd April 1564 – Celebration in Stratford upon Avon

Shakespeare’s Birthday is today 23rd April The celebrations this year took place in Stratford upon Avon and were a fantastic success helped by the glorious sunshine. Thousands were out in the town center to watch the Shakespeare Birthday Procession featuring the Ceremony of the Quill and the release of 449 balloons—one for each year since Shakespeare’s birth—as well as the traditional unfurling […]

St George’s Day – 23rd April

Here at Arbor Holiday and Knightcote Farm Cottages we are raising the flag to celebrate St George Day on the 23rd April. He was born sometime around the year 280 in what is now Turkey. He was a soldier and rose up through the ranks of the Roman army, eventually becoming a personal guard to […]

SNAKES HEAD FRITILLARY and 1 week old Frogspawn

Snake’s head fritillaries always excite attention wherever they are seen. None of the other lovely members of the fritillaria genus can match this native wildflower for the bizarre and unmistakable colouring of its bell-shaped flowers. They are various shades of purple, always with a unmistakable and pronounced chequered pattern of dark purple and creamy white. The […]

Planting seeds at New House Farm

Normally we would have planted the majority of our crops in the autumn and would have a small amount to plant in the spring. However, this winter has been very cold and wet and drilling has been very much delayed. So all the planting has had to happen this year in the spring. We are […]

Wild flowers at the pond

Today the sun is shining and the sky is a bright blue. The spring flowers around the pond, the runcluars, the primroses and the cowslips have all burst into flower and the show is amazing. The grass is growing quickly and already has had 2 cuts this week. The carp have all emerged from their […]

Frogspawn in our Orchard Carp lake

Look what the warm weather has brought, to our lovely Orchard Carp Lake, a new clump of frogspawn. Frogspawn is made up of thousands of single eggs, each one having a tiny black tadpole embryo surrounded in jelly. The Frogs lay so many eggs beacuse most do not survive to adulthood. From the three thousand eggs that one female lays, only […]

Easter Holidays

The cottages looked fantastic this Easter Holiday. The daffodils and the snow drops outside the cottages looked so inviting and friendly. The lovely welcome packs including our Shaun the sheep packs, home-made Cadbury Chocolate mini-egg biscuits and Lindt chocolate Easter bunnies were a hit with all our young guests and those young at heart. I was also […]