|One of the cottages at Chark|
|Skyber, as seen from the Pets’ Paddock|
|The Runner Ducks always look deep in conversation|
One of the nicest things about Chark is that you get a taste of what it’s like to live and work on a farm. Every morning at 8.30am, Jenny collects a crowd of very excited children (and some excited yet sleepy adults) and they all troop off to feed the guinea pigs, feed the two goats (Bert and Ernie!), and let all the fowl out of their houses. There is then…and drum roll, please…the chance to look for eggs!
|“I found eggs, Mummy! And they’re still warm!”|
Last year there were fewer children staying while we were there, so we had fresh eggs every day (and went home with a boxful, too). This time, the eggs had to be shared between eight children and everyone got very good at listening for the proud cackle that signalled another egg had been laid!
Later on in the day there are complimentary horse-and-cart rides around the little lanes in Redmoor, courtesy of Jasmine the cart horse. The children can also have a ride on Billy, the miniature pony, or Foxy, if you’re a little older. This year Lucas ‘graduated’ to Foxy. I love watching him ride…he has such a natural seat in the saddle.
|Our little equestrian|
Lucas’s favourite part of this year’s stay was going up to the dairy to help move the cows in for milking and then to take two calves back down the hill to the guest stables for hand-rearing by the children over the course of the week. He was ever so proud of himself, and he even got to name the calves!
|Sydney “White Chocolate”|
Sydney “White Chocolate” and Bob “Caramel Shortbread” are lovely little calves. They’re still young enough to be entirely milk-fed, so get three wine bottles full of fresh, warm milk from the dairy twice a day. (Apparently a wine bottle is the perfect size to feed a calf. Who knew!) Maybe we’ll spot them in the fields next summer.
|Lucas, cloud-gazing on the trampoline|
We all had a fantastic holiday at Chark. (It would be hard not to with Jenny and Clive’s hospitality!) Everything is so tranquil there–the rest of the world seems so far away, especially at night when all you can hear is the occasional honk from a goose–making it so easy to relax and unwind.
Chark Country Holidays
Tel.: 01208 871118