The gardens at the cottages and the farmhouse are looking at their very best in June and July, with the fantastic displays provided by the roses, clematis and the honeysuckleone. However one of my favourites flowers is the corn flower. Such a simple flower, easy to grow, but so elegant and delicate a real trooper in […]
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THE GREAT WARWICKSHIRE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR 01 June 2013 – 02 June 2013 10:00 am – 05:00 pm The fair will feature a huge selection of antiques and collectables to tempt you, including jewellery, furniture, pottery, ceramics , glass and so much more. There will be many dealers who have never […]
These are all male sheep called Tups. In the summer they are separated from the Ewes (female sheep) and lambs. They will visit the Ewes again in autumn to produce lambs in the spring. This is the front paddock with a view of Sleeplate Cottage, Ploughman’s Rest and Home Cottage beyond.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]