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Contact Details for all enquiries, advice and general information, Please visit our website www.rose-cottage-farm.co.uk or our breeder website esaya of yorkshire birmans and siberians or tel 01845 597309.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

November weather Brrr

The weather is certainly changing now. we have had some really wintery showers today. The sheep are now needing some hard feed as the grass loses its goodness.

we are trying to get the ponies out as a pair at least once a week still. All the outdoor tidying has started and a few trees need to come down as they have outgrown their position. Lots of heavy work ahead.

We were showing 2 of our pedigree cats last weekend at the NEC at Birmingham.. it was the Supreme cat show, we did really well taking 1st and best of breed with both.

There is a warm mulled wine basted venison casserole in the AGA cooking away slowly all ready for tomorrow... yum yum!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

August Holidays

We have 2 weeks left available in Bramble cottage during August, so special offer, a week for two people in a cosy cottage, no hidden extra's and we accept well behaved dogs...£325 !!! all electric/bedding/towels etc included.

our fruit trees are laden with plums and cherries, come and pick your own, delicious fruit not chemically sprayed. Eggs from our free range hens and ducks.

Herdwick lamb joints sometimes available too. tel 0774 094 8024/01845 597309

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Borrowby Show Winners

What a fabulous day we have had. Up at 5am and all animals fed,watered etc.. then off to the Borrowby show with our sheep. The Herdwick shearlings took 1st and 2nd place, then our wicked manx laughtan got 3rd place. The portland ewe lamb took second place, and the herdwick ram lamb also got a second. we met old friends and new and had a wonderful time.....back home now and happily weary!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011


Meet our new sheepdog, Bran, she is 4 years old and a great asset to us. she and our old girl 'Lass' keep our rare breed flock on their toes.

The manx loaghton ewe reared her triplets successfully, they are a mischievous bunch with crazy horns, that give the two dogs a merry chase about.

we are showing our Portland lambs and possibly the Herdwicks at 2 local shows, Thornton le dale and Borrowby. The holiday Bookings are steady, and the visitors are enjoying the saturday sheepdog demonstrations i am giving.

We have paired the two black ponies up and are driving them frequently at the Sutton Bank top area.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Siberian Kittens Born

we have had 2 beautiful litters of siberian kittens born during our busy lambing period. These semi long haired cats are often able to be tolerated by allergy sufferers, we had 11 born and already 9 are booked and they are just 4 weeks old.. but are'nt they gorgeous!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Special Springtime Recipe from Rose Cottage Farm

We are increasing lamb numbers thick and fast at the moment, so not a lot of time for cooking, which brought me to having a baking session to see us through. One special cake I make is a Granny Audrey's Spiced Cake. I make is with gluten free flour as my daughter is allergic to wheat flour and gluten, but any self raing flour will suffice.
12oz self raing flour.1 teaspoon mixed spice,1 teaspoon cinnamon. 8oz butter(or healthy alternative) 8 OZ light brown sugar.8oz mixed fruit, I use my own mix without peel or cherries in. 6 pieces of crystallised ginger chopped small.2 eggs, and milk to mix approx 2/3 of a beaker usually.
Sieve flour and spices together,rub in the butter until mixture looks like breadcrumbs.add sugar,fruit and ginger,stir to mix evenly then add beaten eggs and milk a little at a time until mixture nice and sticky,or claggy as my mum would have called it!! Put into a greased and floured round tin 7 or 8inch diameter. Bake in centre of a moderate oven. gas mark 4-5 for approx 1 hour for 8inch tin or 1 1/4hours for 7 inch tin. reduce heat after 45minutes to approx mark 3-4.test by pressing quite hard on top, the cake will be quite firm to touch when cooked.Delicious, and keeps well.Do try and Do enjoy.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Manx Triplets!!

Lambing is well under way. Dolly the Portland ewe has one gorgeous ewe lamb, 32 the Herdwick has one ram lamb, Snowdrop the herdwick has twins and hates them, so the steriliser is on....and then matilda the manx girl had triplets today. I am feeling a little sleep deprived, but I adore the new lambs.
Just another 12 to go.........

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Our First Portland Lamb

What a suprise at 5am this morning when I went to do my second check of the night, there was Dolly the Portland ewe with the most beautiful ewe lamb all tucked up and clean, she looks like a little fawn, so cute.
The herdwick sheep are all due any day and the manx girl in about a week.
I am starting to feel a bit sleep deprived, but when the lambs are born its all worth it.
We are getting ready for the Easter bookings and expecting to be busy, people love to visit when we have lambs and chicks around.. we also have some siberian kittens born, they are delightful fluffy bundles of fun.....

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Spring breaks special low prices

We are having a spring into spring special at the cottages. Today has been fabulous and sunny, I drove the carriage and bramble(the little black pony) all the way to kilburn village, and had a pleasant cuppa and chat at the Foresters Arms,before driving the 4 miles home again.
The manx ewe is due anytime now, and is only allowed out for a few hours a day.
We are having weekend breaks for 2 people for just £100 per cottage, or 3 weekdays for 2 people for just £120, this offer will end by 14th march so hoping lots of our followers will bag a bargain.
There are lots of wild birds coming down for tit bits, we have long tailed tits, coal tits, sparrows, lesser spotted woodpeckers, and chaffinchs... and still lots of cheeky robins!!
Just about to start cooking tea... kedgeree, home produced free range eggs, from rare breed poultry, traditionally smoked haddock, and organic rice and onions... yum, delicious, come and try it here at Rose Cottage Farm!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Easter soon..

Spring is nearly here, the small portland ewe is showing signs of lambing.
Last week we had 2 Egyptian Mau kittens born, spotty babies that will be so naughty.
\The hens are laying lots of eggs, green, dark brwon, beige, white a really colourful trayful, and delicious.
The cottages are already for some early spring or easter bookings, we have done quite a bit of refurbishment again this year.
Had fabulous meal out at the Crab Manor for my birthday, can thoroughly recommend for a night out to any visitoers.. lobster thermidore MMMM yum!
new arrivals due any day from the siberian girls and the herdwick ewes....watch this space...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The New Season

We had our tourist board inspection this week, and got a HIgh 3 Star result. We have redecorated both cottages and replaced refridgerators etc.
The snowdrops and aconites are all in bloom and the gardens are starting to look pretty again after such a long and severe winter.
We should start lambing in the next week or two, the first due are the herdwicks and one of the Portlands our new rare breed we have. the crazy 4 horned manx sheep is looking rather rotund as well, so some different lambs this time.
The cottage bookings are just starting to come in, we have now got our fully bookable and updatable diary on both the Guestlink and our own website. www.rose-cottage-farm.co.uk

watch this space for the first of the new lambs to arrive!!