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!
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.
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!
More excitement ensued when the pig oinked at us…
And then, of course, there were the 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!”
There were so many smiles; S loves animals!
… and there was a lot of running around too!
Our last stop before going home was to visit the Highland cows.
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.
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.