We have just a few chickens at Higher Trewithen at the moment. Doris is the boss, closely followed by Rosie and our newest addition Daisy, the Light Sussex. Daisy is a rare breed chicken who we found at the Stithians Young Farmers Show, held at the Stithians Showground. We hope to get a few more in the future to start building up the flock. Daisy’s settling in and the three of them are still sorting out the pecking order but they’ll get there.
This month we also started working our way through the Green Tourism checklist for self-catering properties. We want to make Higher Trewithen Holiday Cottages as green as we can and this has been a great help so far. We now have a clear plan of action for both the cottages and the grounds. There are lots of small things that we can do like planting flowers that are bug and bee friendly. These plants will also help the bats we have here at Higher Trewithen. Every evening we have enjoyed watching the bats swoop around above our heads catching bugs on the wing. We also have a number of Tawny Owls that sit in the trees within the grounds at Higher Trewithen watching us with great curiosity.
We also had a chance to make a visit to Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, which is very close to Higher Trewithen Holiday Cottages and well worth a visit. We spent the day looking through the orchard, meeting the animals they have there from ponies to goats, peacocks to chickens and even ferrets. The kids loved the ferrets – so did Simon but I think he enjoyed the cyder and whiskey tasting more though! You can also taste the range of chutneys, jams and fruit juices they make which was great for me and the kids.