a morning at the farm

You know how sometimes you’re vaguely aware of something existing, in a sort of “oh yeah, that’s over there…” sort of way, but you’ve never actually been?

Riverbourne Community Farm is just over a kilometre from our house, on a patch of land that was always mostly long grass and rubbish when I was a child. My train goes past the farm every week, and as I see the cows, pigs, chickens and goats going past the window I think, “hmm, perhaps I’ll take S there one of these days.”

This week I knew the weather was going to be nice, so I decided we would go to the farm on our day off. To avoid any last-minute laziness on my part, I told S we would be doing that too. She was very excited, especially when she found out Auntie Af would be coming with us too!

riverbourne community farm

The farm was first occupied in 2010 and is run by volunteers. It’s free to get in, and there is a farm shop where they sell local produce including eggs from their own chickens.

cow on a farm

S got very excited when she saw the cow doing a poo. She came back several times to check there wasn’t more pooing going on!

riverbourne community farm

More excitement ensued when the pig oinked at us…

riverbourne community farm pig

And then, of course, there were the chickens.

riverbourne community farm chickens

There was major excitement when the cockerels semeed to be having a cockadoodledoo-off with each other. S spent the rest of the day shouting “cockadoodoo!”

riverbourne community farm chickens

There were so many smiles; S loves animals!

happy smiles sunshine toddler

… and there was a lot of running around too!

toddler running on farm

saying hello to the chickens

riverbourne community farm

running around on the farm

Our last stop before going home was to visit the Highland cows.

Highland cows at Riverbourne

S was very excited by these because all four of them were standing by the gate, ready to say hello – and three of them did a wee while we were there. Very exciting for a toddler.

toddler with highland cows at riverbourne

After waving goodbye to the Highland cows, we went on our merry way.

We missed an awful lot; there were bees and lambs and baby chicks and all sorts, but S was tired after a busy couple of days in her new room at nursery, and I didn’t want to risk a tantrum (from either of us!) so we left.

We’ll be going back again really soon though, and may well bring Nana with us to sit in the farm shop with a cuppa while we inspect the animals and their bladder/bowel habits.

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Kim Carberry · 16/04/2015 at 09:59

It sounds and looks like you had a lovely time…..It looked the perfect weather for a day out.
Gorgeous photos!

    Vicky Charles · 16/04/2015 at 18:27

    It was gorgeous, such a lovely time x

Kimmie · 19/04/2015 at 22:14

What an adorable post Vicky! Gorgeous images, and S is soooo cute :) Happy memories x

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