Carncrees Farm - a smallholding dating back to the 16th century


Carncrees Farm is a working farm, but sadly, farming in the UK nowadays is in such poor shape that it can no longer be relied on to provide a living.

David & Daya rent the land to a local farmer and friend, Rusty Marles. Rusty keeps some cattle here and keeps the land in order. Farming land would soon turn wild without attention.Farmer Rusty Marles     14Kb  JPEG

Rusty is pictured here in his usual garb, ready for action. You'll often see him around tending his animals. During the summer months, he will be out on his tractor in the fields preparing for mowing to make hay or silage for the cattle.

Typically, the time for mowing is June, but a lot depends on weather conditions. Hay, haylage or silage is the outcome of the mowing. What you eventually end up with is a factor of weather; the moisture content of the grass following mowing; the method of storage and a number of other variables.

Typically, you will see the result in large black bales. These are opened in the winter to feed the livestock.

We have some chickens which regularly produce eggs for us. We have no idea of the breed - they're just nice to have. We used to have one called Nellie who would follow us and our visitors around like a dog. If you weren't careful, she would follow you into the cottage! Sadly she died, succumbing to a breathing problem.

 

Barney  14Kb JPEG We used to have a very friendly dog called Barney. He loved to go to the Golden Lion pub on the other side of the lake because we always gave him a packet of crisps there!

You may be lucky and see new calves from Rusty's cattle. There are usually a couple around - they are gorgeous. Barney delighted in 'rounding ' them up - he thought he was a proper sheepdog.

RIP Barney 21st May 2011. A very much loved member of the family.

 

We are lucky enough to have a small, disused quarry on our land. It attracts birds and wild animals and we have a few fish in there too.

You will see from the page on the history of the farm, that the quarry ceased use in the early part of the 20th century. Since then, it has filled with water and is there only for the wildlife.

I'm sure some of you will recognise the wildfowl that occasionally appear as well as observing hawks and buzzards.

We also get foxes, badgers, rabbits, frogs, lizards, newts and a variety of different visitors. We put some Coy Carp and Golden Orfs in the quarry a few years ago. Since then they've been spotted two or three times - a bottle of wine to the first person who can prove they're still there!

 

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