Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Down on the Farm


Blaze Farm is a great place to take children, there is always plenty to see and the Hill Billy ice cream and the tea shop pleases young and old alike.


There is always a selection of farm animals on hand to pet, but you don’t lose sight of the fact that this is a working farm, which in my book is a big bonus, because I don’t think you have to move very far out of the countryside for kids to lose all concept of what food production and farming is all about  (they take school parties), so see it, feel it, smell it and eat it for the 360 sensory experience (did I mention the ginger ice cream?)


When it comes to touching the animals there are a few exceptions (which are clearly signposted!)

This dog

You can feed the birds


And around every corner it seems there is another cat (and there was a litter of kittens in the old shippon, but I didn’t have the heart to fire the camera flash in the gloaming.)


this cat got a bit hacked off with the noisy competition

calf, cat, cockerl

Sheep, where are the sheep? You can’t have a farm without sheep (well not around here at any rate.)


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “Down on the Farm

  1. Looks like a great place for a school trip.

    I was raised on a small farm, when I was dating Sadie’s mom she was taken back by the fact that a “real farm” really did exist.

    Thanks for the memories.


  2. Wonderful photos, especially the white cat, and raspberry ice cream for me please! xx

  3. Ginger ice cream for me, please, and I love the intelligent biting guard dog.

  4. I was wondering where the sheep were as well. lol!

    I’ve never had ginger ice cream but it sounds wonderful. I bet it’s almost as good as cinnamon ice cream.

    My husband and I were just discussing the fact that many people don’t have a clue as to where their food comes from (as if the hamburger they had for dinner magically appeared wrapped in plastic without any blood or killing or anything messy like that).

    Great shots. I enjoyed them all.

  5. I like the cow face close-up and the chickens without their heads, so to speak…

  6. All wonderful shots. I especially like the one of the chickens/rooster. Love his gorgeous plumage.

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