Category: Cobden Farm

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.Thoug…

Cobden Farm Bed and Breakfast 2013-01-14 15:11:00

And, finally, before today’s snow melts away So, where has all the green grass gone? Young sheep’s first snow.(The white line is the telephone wire…) Looking down from the breakfast conservatory to Sabden valley.Cobden Farm B and B website

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. Ro…

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 t…

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 worl…

Cobden Farm Bed and Breakfast 2012-06-23 23:26:00

June 22 2012: Sabden Brook, on the way to Cobden Farm. Usually, you can paddle across.A few hours later it was even higher. Not bad for the first day of summer.Cobden Farm B and B website

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 c…

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 sh…

Birds aren’t going nuts…over nuts

The little birds visiting our garden aren’t eating the nuts we put out as fast as in previous years. A friend in Lancaster – a much warmer part of the county – has noticed the same pattern.Anyone any idea why?Cobden Farm B and B website

A sunny week in late June means HAYTIME

Tractors were buzzing round the fields at the end of June / first three days of July as farmers made hay (and silage) while the sun shone for longer than usual.Both ends of Sabden Valley look like patchwork quilts.Cobden Farm B and B website

Nuts about nuts

The tree acrobats – grey squirrels – are out in force. They’re bringing their young on training sessions: How to eat the nuts from bird feeders. Then, as soon as they dash off, the little birds fly in for their turn.Cobden Farm B and B website

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