We rented our first Pear Trees last year and had such a great response we are doing it again this year! Our Pear tree rental runs from March to October and was very popular as Valentine and Mother's Day gifts.
After the snow at the beginning of February, we built our dry stone wall and created a flower bed. We use rag stone collected from around the farm, hard work but very rewarding.
Mother's day was always in the back of my mind throughout February and I spent a lot of the time searching through charity shops for tables and chairs, one of my best buys were some Trestle Tables bought from Penzance! Which of course meant a little break and overnight stay in the West Country. Photograph below is Bideford, North Devon, which I took out of the window as we drove over the bridge.
Then we had more snow and I was starting to get concerned about our Mother's Day bookings which were about two weeks away. Eating outdoors on the farm wasn't looking very promising.
Well the snow cleared and our Afternoon Tea Mother's Day bookings was lovely, the Tea Barn was open as well for anybody that just wanted to turn up on the day and enjoy some of my home baked cakes and come to the farm. We will be open again this year for Mother's Day, details soon to follow.
Mother's Day was shortly followed by Frances & Brians' 'History of Maidstone and WWII Display, showcasing their personal collection of War Time Memorabilia.
The end of March lead us into Easter and we opened the farm for the Easter Weekend with an Easter Bunny and farm Easter themed Trail. I really enjoy organising the Easter Events and try to keep a home made feel and not too commercialised. This year Easter is at the end of April which should mean warmer weather! Details of our Easter opening times will be available shortly.
Blossom starts to appear on the Fruit Trees and if you have Rented a Pear Tree we invite you onto the farm for a 'Blossom Walk' through the Orchards and a chance to visit your Pear Tree.
We also started the ploughing of our Pumpkin field to get it ready for seed sowing which we do by hand.
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