Before settling down to work this morning to cram in the list of jobs before nursery pick up, I raced to one of my favourite spots in the hope of finding one of these....the bottom photo is a bee orchid, and I am so happy to have spotted one. As you can see the flowers are not completely open yet but it is still stunning. The other two are the slightly unfairly named 'common' orchid and the middle photo shows I think one of the marsh orchids but I will need to check with an expert!
We have a farm tenancy with the National Trust in West Sussex who have given us a wonderful opportunity to fulfill a lifelong ambition for both of us to run our own farm. The beautiful farm is situated in the South Downs National Park just 5 miles north of Brighton and is home to our 300 breeding ewes, lots of lambs and a lot of wildlife! Our sheep lamb in April and graze on the species rich chalk grasslands. We sell boxed lamb direct from the farm and also from or website which we can send via mail order.
We have one employee, our amazing sheepdog Fly, and our trainee dog Ted, we would be lost without them. They work hard for very little pay....but always have a good, well earnt supper!
The farm is owned by the National Trust and is part of their amazing Devils Dyke estate.
Previous to farming Saddlescombe Farm in West Sussex, we began sheep farming in Oxfordshire on the Earth Trust farm in 2009.