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The S'Lowdown

Welcome to The S’Lowdown –
Swallowtail Hill’s place for reading and relaxation. Why not grab a cuppa and take five minutes for yourself? Go on - we won’t tell anyone!

26 February 2024
Sustainability at Swallowtail Hill
15 February 2024
Waking From Hibernation

For the first time this winter we did something we should have been doing for years. We gave ourselves permission to S’Lowdown. Yep, the irony is not lost on us…

30 May 2023
May On The Farm

May is one of my favourite months on the farm. The blossom, the hedgerow coming back into leaf, the lush grass – everything feels fresh, new and lovely…

28 February 2023
February On The Farm

I’ve mainly been sowing flowers – my big plan this year is to dedicate two of the beds in the veg patch to flowers as I want a cutting…

27 January 2023
January 2023 On The Farm

First it was cold, then it was wet, then it was cold and wet. Twenty years ago I’d have rolled my eyes at this version of myself, the version who endlessly talks about the weather…

15 December 2022
December On The Farm

I feel like I run on adrenaline most days, and without a day without power earlier this week followed by a day without water – we certainly know what it feels like to live off the beaten track.

10 November 2022
November On The Farm

Other snippets of news for you – I’ve decided to turn a section of the vegetable patch into a cutting garden and have been busy planting up masses of bulbs in one of the beds…

11 October 2022
October On The Farm

I love the landscape at this time of year. The farm is a warm glow of golds and reds and coppers in the autumn sunlight. The hedgerow fruited early this year but there…

27 September 2022
September On The Farm

This is not how things should be. Usually the turning of the season is natures’ gradual preparation for winter, but this sudden change has been brought about by trees…

16 August 2022
August On The Farm

It’s a fun week for our guests when harvest is happening. Visiting children (and grown ups!) love seeing the big tractors on the farm. The process of mowing, turning…

16 August 2022
The S’Lowdown On: Grove Farm Riding School

Visiting children from towns and cities often haven’t been riding before and it is quite literally a dream come true for them to have a lesson…

7 July 2022
July On The Farm

To say the farm looks lush and green would be an understatement. The hedgerows are spectacular, the Beckley Bowl field is knee high with Yorkshire Fog and the woodland trails…

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