What a fantastic time we had at Warleigh Lodge farm despite the weather. We started our day by pulling up the Fodder beets. It reminded us of the Enormous Turnip story as some of them were quite hard to pull up and we needed to work together. We were amazed to see how big some of the fodder beets were. It was great fun and we loaded them onto the tractor ready to take to feed the animals. Next we went on a very bumpy tractor ride where we fed the fodder beet to the sheep and cows. The sheep were looking expectantly as we arrived in their field. Next we had great fun climbing around and inside of a 500 year oak tree. We had to crawl in on our hands and knees to get inside the trunk of the tree where it as dark but exciting. The rain had started to get heavier so to keep warm we had a race across the fields to the stream were we splashed and squelched and enjoyed being really muddy. Then it was time for another short tractor ride before a good clean up so that we could eat our lunch. By the time we had finished lunch the rain had stopped so we went to make the pigs beds with some fresh hay. We also say the weighing machine used to see if the cattle were fat enough to go to market. A few of us decided to see if we were heavy enough to go to market but none of us were, not even our teacher! After the fun of being weighed our next stop was to feed the goats and the chickens. Everyone was brave enough to feed the animals out of their hands. Finally we collected the eggs and the children knew that the eggs were fragile so they handled them very carefully. We had a fantastic day together which can be seen by the enjoyment on all of the children's faces. It was a day full of mud, laughter, smiles and working together. Thank you to all of the wonderful parent helpers who kindly gave up their time to join us.