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School holidays come to an end but the Summer rolls on!

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The boys LOVED the ferry ride…

As the School Holidays come to an end, we look back on another beautiful Summer, but also look forward to the rest of Summer still to go!

With warm sunny days reaching right to Halloween the last 5 years running, we’re hoping this year is no different. Today, to mark the end of School holidays, we had a family trip on the Rivermaid Ferry to the nearby beaches and fishing village of Salcombe.

A lazy start at Flear meant that by the time we arrived, the first thing we needed to do was feed the kids. The ferry handily drops-off outside the The Ferry Inn. We had a decent meal outside overlooking the Estuary and the beaches on the other side.

After lunch, a fun but VERY brief ride on the East Portlemouth Ferry left us on the sands on the other side of the estuary, for a few hours of lovely beach time.

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The Water is a good temperature for swimming at this time of year. No wetsuits required!

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Lots of sandy shoreline, so beautiful and almost deserted compared to just a few days ago.

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The Wooded Hills that surround the beaches above make it a truly breathtaking environment. Of course the views are largely wasted on the boys who are more concerned with running in and out of the surf, pretending to be speedboats, or throwing stones into the water endlessly, delighting in each splash as if it’s the first they’ve ever seen. It’s simple fun, but we’re relaxed, and that allows them to be…

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A calm journey home up the Estuary to Kingsbridge. A brilliant and easy day out – Recommended to our families! (Ferry Timetimes are in the Playbarn).

Animal Silly Face Competition! (and a new Play Area)

Another wonderful year is almost over, and so much to look back on! Another beautiful Spring and Summer, with the sunshine continuing right through the autumn and into the winter, bringing us lots of sunny days and bright frosty mornings. Beach days running into December yet again for our holidaying families, who have all been so great to us and so deserve it!

But enough of that, some of the animals here have been posing with silly faces this morning so in true internet tradition, these are the photos we shall share with you.

Abbie blows a raspberry, whilst Alasdair chooses “statuesque and aloof”. This is typical of their personalities in general…

 

Chicken Mafia. Little Dude presides with May, June and also Long-Distance Clara briefly popping into the background before roving off once more.

 

And to add something sensible here are a couple of pics also taken this morning of our new Play Area, designed and handmade with local materials by the amazing Earth Wrights.

Outdoor play is still at the heart of a great childhood

New Play Area overlooking a corner of our valley. Adventures to be had!

Two little shetland ponies come to live at Flear

This winter we said a sad goodbye to our chestnut pony, Yara, who has left us to become a riding pony in her new home in North Devon, as we make arrangements for a couple of gorgeous little shetland ponies to come and live at Flear. Meanwhile Abbie has been waiting for her new companions eagerly!

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Are they nearly here yet?

A few days later the Little Shetland siblings, Scooby and Shaggy arrive after walking through the village and up our lane. It’s all very exciting for everyone.

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Let’s go for a run!

After a fair amount of showing off, Abbie shows the newbies around as they go for a run together.

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These ponies are simply adorable

Then they get to know each other a bit, there’s lots of nose-to-nose chat, and they all get on very well from the start.

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Playing it cool.

Abbie is playing it a bit cool, but we know how much she missed having company just in the few days since Yara left. Ignore the horsey poker face, she’s thrilled to have new friends.

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Lots of delicious hay? Well I shouldn’t, but go on then…

As with people, a lot of excitement makes everyone hungry. Three piles of hay coming up! Welcome Scooby and Shaggy – you think it’s good now, just wait until our visiting families turn up with carrots and cuddles!

 

Summer: picnics, ducklings and fairies come to Flear.

As summer continues at full swing here at Flear the little ones¬†enjoy some fun in the valley and we welcome some cute and even magical arrivals…

Picnic in the Valley

Picnic in the Valley

Playing on the bridge over the stream

Playing on the bridge over the stream

These ducklings were born down at the pond this summer and have been enjoying their new home.

Ducklings at Flear

Ducklings at Flear

We also say hello to some newly fledged young ducks just settling into after arriving this afternoon. We set up a pen for them to get used to the area for a while. It took about an hour for all the other ducks and then the family of Moorhens with their chicks to come to the pen for a chat. You can spot one Moorhen chick (black and fluffy) in this pic just above the pen on the far bank.

Young ducks arrive and are settling in.

Young ducks arrive and are settling in.

And finally we welcome the more magical arrival of a family of Fairies who set up a beautiful harvest camp in Flear House garden. Fairies Tink and Willow communicated with the resident “big people” by secret message and have given their permission for us to use this photo, so we’re really very lucky to be able to show it here. Thanks to Sue, Karen, Lesley and their families for passing on this great pic.

The Fairy house in Flear House garden

The Fairy house in Flear House garden

As the summer continues well into September we are all looking forward to more picnics, barbecues and beach days!