Cobden Farm Bed and Breakfast 2013-05-12 20:55:00

Don't know who was more startled - the curlew or me.
It flew up just in front, as I walked round the field checking the sheep.
And there, lying in the grass, were...


All pointy ends of the eggs angled into the middle of the nest, just as they should.
Though my bird nesting expert says there should be four eggs...

Then the curlew came back. And the sheep wondered what was going on...


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Cobden Farm Bed and Breakfast 2013-01-14 15:06:00

 Snow, mist and sunshine make the little birds busy...

 Longtailed tits swoop in altogether...then fly out altogether.

 Shy chaffinch decides whether to sample the food.

 Bluetit has a rest before attacking the fat balls again.

 Robin's the boss, keeping an eye on everything.

 Nuthatch samples the nuts, while the bluetit waits its turn.

Nuthatch and great tit this time.

 Finally got some photos of the timid woodpeacker...

... And another one




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Cobden Farm Bed and Breakfast 2012-10-29 19:04:00

DUCKS and DRAKES to the rescue.
Our pond was covered with a green weed for much of the summer - even though it's fed by spring water.
Throwing in a bale of barley straw was an option to get rid of the weed 'blanket'
Then a flotilla of more than 20 ducks turned up from the village lodge.
They dived in.
And tucked in.
It took them a couple of weeks to eat it all.
Thank you ducks... and drakes.
GOING...

GOING...

GONE...



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The Boskins – a holiday cottage at Cobden Farm


Our former barn, dating back to the 1700s, is now a lovely home for our eldest daughter and her family – and also a self-contained holiday cottage for visitors to our area.
The Boskins combines historic with 21st Century to offer the best of both worlds.
The cottage was once our ‘back shippon’ where, in days gone by, six cows were milked and where hay was stored on the ‘baulks’ above.
Each cow was tethered to a boskin by a soft cotton rope prior to milking...so the cottage’s name was easily chosen!
Click on this link to see photos of The Boskins, and to find out more.
http://www.dales-holiday-cottages.com/WebPages/Dales/ProductDetailPage.aspx?ISDLNK=1&SCODE=DC5463&ACODE=DC5463&RCODE=1427&PETCT=1

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Olympic Flame

June 23 2012: The Olympic Flame at its Loveclough starting point, after visiting Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley. It was heading for Crawshawbooth, Rawtenstall. Rochdale then Manchester.

Great support from crowds. Three generations of our family watched it: our daughter Gemma, me  and our eldest grandchild, Josh. Lovely.


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Gooseander latest news…


Just spotted Mother Gooseander setting off with her brood down to Sabden Brook. Eleven days earlier than in 2011.
The last gooseanderling to join MG and family is pictured preparing to jump off the farmhouse roof.
Click on the tiny blob between the two chimneys.
The nest is in the unused chimney on the left of the photo.



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Cobden Farm Bed and Breakfast 2012-03-16 23:04:00

The gooseander is nesting again in a chimney pot (unused) on the farmhouse roof. (We've seen the male and the female on the pond or flying about. So they've definitely turned up for the third year.)
There's a duck laying eggs in the middle of a thick shrub in the garden.
She appears, with her two drake pals who live round the pond, at sheep feeding time to share the sheep proven.
Next thing, we'll be seeing the swallows arriving in early April.


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