October at Flear Farm

October is here, and for another year the weather continues to be warm and sunny! We’ve had this weather since sometime around April so we’ve had a glorious 6 months. We had a total of 10 minutes of rain in September but our flowers and shrubs are still looking happy and so are our families.

oct view to Granary

The BBQ terrace today

It was a total beach day today and reports were coming back of several families swimming in the sea too!

Little boy packed and ready for the beach this morning.

Little boy packed and ready for the beach this morning.

 

 

A big welcome to George the Pony!

This week we have welcomed George as a new addition here at Flear, he’s a beautiful Welsh Grey pony with a lovely personality and a fondness for attention and carrots.

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George showing-off.

George has been busy getting to know Abby and Gemma who have been bossing him around quite a lot it seems.

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At home in the pony paddock.

Thanks to young Katie for riding him bare-back through the village to get him here safely!

Our Bluebells are coming out in Flear Wood

Flear Wood is becoming awash with these beautiful flowers in their millions!

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A view from the path…

We still have some cottages available for a break this Spring. If you are already booked to stay with us, you must put some time aside to wander through this truly magical place.

The duck pond at Flear last week.

Thanks to the Shaw family who stayed with us last week for this great photo of a pair of geese cooling-off on the duck pond. Lovely!

flear House from the Pond

Spring has sprung! There are bumblebees as big as golfballs and frogs in the Stream.

As soon as the last of the Winter storms blew over, the Sun has been a firm fixture here in South Devon and so we’re suddenly all drawn once more – back to a water’s edge…

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The flowers are springing up everywhere, birds are chittering and the Stream bubbles along happily.

There are a few special spots by the stream that are perfect for mini earth-works, playing pooh sticks and finding frogs. 

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Surveying the lie of the land (and sea), prior to the work commencing…

 

 

Beaches Near Flear… Thurlestone Sands

Part 3 of our local beach tour looks at Thurlestone Sands.

thurlestone beach

There are two main beaches at Thurlestone – the smaller is by the Golf club, whilst the larger a little further along the coast towards South Milton. Both have a fine, shingle sand and sheltered waters.

thurlestone sands

The South Milton end has views out into the bay where the famous Thurlestone Rock stands majestically,

thurlestone_rock

Thurlestone Sands is unspoiled by lots of extra facilities, but South Milton does have the convenience of toilets, cafe/kiosk and watersports hire in season. Swimming is a delight on these beaches and there is a lifeguard in the summer season on South Milton Sands. Dogs are permitted on these beaches, and they are as lovely to visit to wander along as they are to set-up camp for a day of sunbathing and swimming.

 

Soft Play area – latest addition to the Playbarn!

There are now even more treats for tots now in the Playbarn, with our new Soft Play area!

soft play

After the Storm. A few pics of Flear today…

 

After the biggest Storm we’ve had in years (and a somewhat sleepless night for us), it was time for us all to enjoy the glorious outdoors again, with families playing tennis today and us replacing a few roof slates so we’re back to normal and so lucky! The local roads are all open and the South Hams has weathered the Storm very well, thankfully!

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The Linhay cottag

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Flear Farm beautifully positioned to resist the Storms!

We’re fine! Flear Farm is open for business and we glad to report in excellent condition despite the unprecedented weather! Being set amongst the rolling hills of classic English Countryside is not only romantic, we’re finding out that it is very practical too. The winds are greatly reduced here as we’re protected by the hills around, and the amazing amount of rain that has caused so much chaos to other parts of the country is very efficiently carried quickly out to Sea by our rivers – including our very own river here at Flear that has been working hard and very successfully these past few weeks.

storm river

The rail lines have been hit hard but the roads in and out of South Devon are very accessible and are largely unaffected once you’re in the South Hams.