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About us, Dermot and Sue Allen and our dog friendly holiday cottages. We started with the Old Forge running it for friends in 2005. In 2007/8 we were able to develop our own holiday accommodation, The Old Piggery. The Garden Room was added, belonging to another friend and the success of these prompted a further request to add Red Roofs at Hickling which has been doing very well. In 2012 we are embarking on our next project, New Barn. It isn't new at all (approx 180 years old) but it will be a fabulous new addition to our dog friendly holiday accommodation. Keep watching this space....!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

August - Apples and lamb chops!

August Complete weather change from hot and dry to wet and cool. Temperature is much better and we need the rain but it’s very different for the first couple of days. Managed to squeeze 4 lambs into Howells and then made life very difficult for them with a complicated, time consuming cutting list which caused one of their butchers to walk!! Lambs came in at 32kg average. Better than last year. Sold some halves at £30 each and gave some to Fiona as thanks for the grazing. I also gave her some pork in exchange for some jump wings and poles - this meat is good currency round here!

The sheep got a change of scenery during this month as they went up to Anne Green's at Happisburgh. Caused mayhem amongst the horses the first night but all settled down after that.

Put an notice in the village newsletter asking for windfall apples and have been inundated. The pigs have been fed nothing but for most of the month and will probably taste of apple! They are not terribly impressed with cookers but do love eaters.

Finally got planning permission for the barn on 11th August! Hoorah and Help! Plan to start on the piggery in January, so watch this space....!!.

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