We have had a few weeks off on our belated Honeymoon so James and Val (Jen's mum and dad) have been in charge. We had a great Christmas and New Year, it was lovely spending time with the family and friends. Father Christmas visited Butt Farm too leaving all the campers a little Chocolate Santa on Christmas morning! The farm has been fairly quite, all the cows are inside sheltering from the cold and just starting to “Bag up” (preparing to calve) when they should start the 1st February. Time will tell to see if Norman the bull has been up to the job! On the campsite bookings have started for the Bank Holidays and we have finally got our new electric supply. This will enable us to put another 8 pitches with electric, so we will now have 14 electric pitches.
We have finally got drilled up on the farm, it has been a very testing time with the wet weather but we did get most crops drilled. We will however have about 80 acres of spring drilling to do but that’s not until March / April. We had our final cow calve too, the Lincoln Red and she supplied us with Twins! That’s two lots of twins we have had this year from the 10 cows at Butt Farm – there must be something in the water! The tent pitches are now closed for winter and we have started to prepare for the new electrics going in the New Year. The campsite remains busy with bookings up to Christmas and the New year. We are already full for the wonderful Festival of Christmas in Beverley.
Over the past few months we have been very busy on the farm, although the wet weather has slowed us down a little. At the end of August the combine was rolling at Butt Farm for the wheat harvest. The Harvest was good with yields over 3.5 Ton per acre. Half of the crop was in September going to make Bio Ethanol in Hull. The other half will be stored and sold throughout winter to a local bird food supplier. On the campsite we had a visit from BBC Look North who were interested in the number of foreign visitors to Hull. We also had a visit from Phil White (not related) with his afternoon show. He was here talking about the Heritage Open Days which we are doing with our WW2 Anti Aircraft site on the farm.
July saw the arrival of the new straw bale glamping lodge. It was very exciting and took just 1 day to get it all installed and plumbed in. It arrived the day after the Driffield show which we exhibited at with Sam the creator of the lodge. We ran a competition to see how many bales made up the lodge – 66 straw bales! Congratulations to Helen who was closest out of over 500 entries who won a free night stay in the lodge! The campsite has been busy with the start of the school holidays and with lots of people visiting the City of Culture. On the farm the Barley harvest has started in good conditions and the second cut of silage is being made from the grass ready for the winter.
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