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30th March 2011

Just a reminder that Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and Cafe open for the season on Saturday 9th April. The paint is out, the lambs are arriving thick and fast, (eight at last count), and chicks are already tapping out of their shells.

So come down and see us over the Easter holidays. We are open every day through to October, 10am - 5pm.

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22nd December 2010

Could it be a white Christmas?

Well it snowed at Totnes Rare Breeds five days ago and nothing has changed since. The ground is still completely covered, with no signs of the temperature rising until boxing day. So it looks like it might indeed be a white Christmas for all the animals. Everyone's tucked up inside piles of extra straw, with waters being continually defrosted.

Lots of beautiful photos have been taken by the volunteers over the last few days. Check out the goats eating their steaming porridge breakfast ('just right' for a cold winter morning), and look at the santa special disappearing in its own steam. The goats even made it into the local papers with their unusual breakfast.

Everyone on the farm would like to wish a very Merry Christmas to all the visitors and volunteers who we miss so much during the closed season. We can't wait to see you after the thaw!

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9th November 2010

The rain's falling, the wind's howling, and we're all knee deep in mud (apart from the animals, who are snug in the stables). It's the start of another closed season at Totnes Rare Breeds.

Visitors sometimes ask why the farm has to close. We really wish we could stay open, but a glance now would tell you why. And, of course, if we didn't close, when would all the exciting improvements get done? There are plenty of plans afoot for next year, and although we won't tell you too much, they involve lots of wildlife watching, more weather-proof areas, and some cute furry rodents. By Easter Totnes Rare Breeds will be even better, (but not bigger), than before.

Before we disappear into the mire, everyone would like to say well done to all those who took part in a very successful Art Day on the Thursday of half term. The rain held off and the atmosphere was lovely - check out the photos below.

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16th October 2010

Get arty and crafty this half term with the last Art Day of the season. Head down to the farm on to make clay models of your favourite animals, fill your sketch book (provided) with pictures of the farm, or create and decorate a home for solitary bees.

All the animals will be posing for you...but watch out for Timmy and Treacle chewing your paper!

Led by local illustrator Paula Cloonan, this promises to be a great day out, with creative opportunities for all ages. Art materials will be provided, and normal entry charges apply.

29th September 2010

After much deliberation a winner has finally been chosen for our Photographic competition. Jon Hossack has won first place, and a prize of £50, for his beautiful photo of our ringed teal

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These birds are very skittish, and their boat could do with a patch up, so we are very impressed that Jon managed to make them look so photogenic.

The three runners up, who will each receive a family ticket to Totnes Rare Breeds, are as follows:

1) Orlando Lewry, for his iamge of Oscar the scops owl and his whiskers:

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2) Colin Aitkin, with his unusual photo of Benjie the bengal eagle owl folding his wings in flight:

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3) Gavin Ducie, who captured Benjie looking very cross, and all the more handsome for it:

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The winner in the children's category was twelve year old Louis Berthaud, who caught Treacle the golden guernsey smirking: not easy since he never stays still.

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Everyone would like to say well done to all who entered. The standard was particularly high and there weren't enough prizes to go round everyone who deserved them. We always welcome photos from visitors who are proud of their pictures and don't mind us using them - keep an eye on our adverts, website and next year's brochure. Thank you also to everyone who came to the photography day and made it so enjoyable. We hope to see you all next year! Keep your eyes open for the dates of 2011's photography days.