On Friday we visited Warleigh Lodge Farm on the outskirts of Bath. Wow, what an amazing day and we were very lucky to have beautiful sunshine for our trip too.
We started our day by getting very muddy digging up fodder beets for the animals to eat. This was a wonderful experience in which we had a race – girls vs boys, who could find the biggest one (the boys won by just 1lb). Next, we fed the pigs and then took a tractor ride out to the fields where we fed the beets we had collected to the cows. Here we met Freddy, the bull, who was almost the size of the trailer we were in. Once the cows had full bellies, we trundled on to a field which was home to a 200 year old Oak tree. This was a special tree as it was hollow inside and the children had fun climbing into the centre – it was said to be “better than the Bat Cave”. We fed the goats, groomed the donkeys and also fed the chickens, but each of the children were also able to collect an egg from the hen coop which they really enjoyed. We ended the day by weaving some sheep's wool which Farmer Joe will eventually make into a rug.
There was lots of running through fields, lots interaction with the animals and a wonderful day was had by all. Thank you Farmer Joe.