Posts tagged ‘Gawthrop Farm’

July 7, 2012

Amazing Grace

by 3arn0wl

It was some time, and a fair distance, before Wendy & Murray Merryweather realised.

What with the mayhem and confusion associated with transporting a young family and their friends, it’s hardly surprising that they hadn’t noticed that their eldest daughter, Grace (8), wasn’t with them.

Hastily turning their people-carrier around, they traced their steps back from the Poppleton ring road to Gawthrop Farm, Little Sniffy. They went to the llama field – her favourite. No, she wasn’t there. They looked around the sheep enclosure, but no, she wasn’t there either. Nor was she picking fruit or spinning wool. So, once more into the Maize Maze they went.

It was probably closer to half an hour before they found her, sitting crossed-legged, right at the centre, a seraphic smile on her face, having conquered the labyrinthine vortex.

But find her they did, and their prodigal daughter was handsomely compensated with chocolate ice cream.

June 24, 2012

Much Fiddling & Tossing

by 3arn0wl

Thousands, hundreds, several young people flocked to Gawthrop Farm, for the annual music festival this week.

Festival goers – dressed in dungarees, checked shirts and straw hats – went crazy when the Headline Act, The Wurzels (tribute band) sang their top ten thousand hit… You don’t get drunk: clambering at the bar for the Flying Pig’s Scrum-P.

Nick Berry proved to be a recidivist – he was seen leaving the farm after his set, with countless punnets of strawberries he’d plundered, and a very red mouth.

The planned Karaoke was transformed into a Barn Dance when an amateur group of accountants from Chorley turned up and started fiddling.

And in the quagmire that was twenny acre field, there was an unexpected outbreak of welly-tossing. Sheep were apparently stunned by the accuracy of some of the throws.

June 9, 2012

“Husband!” “Shepherd!” “Have you any wool?” “Yes Trish!” “Yes Em!” “Three bags full.” One for the dame, and one for the dame, and one for the dame who’s having a jolly long scarf knitted.

by 3arn0wl

It’s the annual sheep shearing competition over @ Gawthrop Farm, and as usual Margot Lemon’s fleecing the flock.  A more unlikely sheep shearer are you likely to find,  as she stands there in her twinset and pearls,  doing a ewe a minute.

She’s not overly discriminatory though,  so I wouldn’t get too close:

  • ᗡႱ’s already had a number two,
April 25, 2012

Don’t be a-llarmed

by 3arn0wl

That heavily quaffed figure you’re seeing tottering towards the pen in her banana-hue twinset and pearls is Margot Lemon.  And in that mighty handbag, nothing more than the humble tools of her trade.

She’s on her busman’s holiday – once a year she gives the Gawthrop llamas a good seeing to:  short back and sides.

And as she’s ambling along, she’s catching up with the latest online news from press Here on her smartphone, and not really paying attention to where she’s going –

– and ending up, waist-deep in the slurry pit.

It was difficult to ascertain however, whether she was more upset

  • by the dunking,
  • that her twinset is now twin-tone, or

Next week: Tricia Lowe makes Magic Carpets in natural colours to sell at the craft market.

April 20, 2012

Inns and outs

by 3arn0wl

On her whey home from a productive meeting with Barry Frier @ theDew Drop Inn, Minnie Driver

A really cheesey idea’s just occurd to her, and she intends to milk it for all its worth! 😉

Perhaps Tricia Lowe’s llama’s milk would make a semi-soft, crumbly blue!

April 9, 2012


by 3arn0wl

Each year Tricia Lowe has great fun testing the boys’ sewing sowing skills, as her designs for the Maize Maze get ever more complicated.

Long gone are the simple straight rows.

The lads had even mastered the much more challenging Chartres maze she’d sketched a few years ago.

Last year’s design was a terribly intricate representation of The Kiss.

And so it was with some trepidation that they waited to see what she’d got planned for this year.

April 7, 2012


by 3arn0wl

In the hiatus of Easter Saturday, vendors are hoping to separate punters from their hard-earned.

As La Belle glides up and down the Burbling offering lunch and afternoon tea, with the lure of an Easter Bunny crèche, the Blue Riband chugs along the Biscuit Line to find a story telling Paddington Bear at Tooting Halt.

There’s a Treasure Hunt in Poppleton Park, where teams are encouraged to find the ‘golden eggs’.

Lord Rupert’s hosting an egg-decorating workshop, led by Bill Wainwright and Antonín Biskup. The W.I. are there too, selling their cakes and preserves.

And Gawthrop Farm’s open to visitors – children love to pet the animals of course, and there’s always a chance of seeing a lambing. With egg tossing and egg rolling games and a hayride on offer, it’s a good job there’s some Scrum-P available for the adults.