New Forest smallholding with sheep, chickens and dogs
We have a smallholding in the New Forest. It's a bit of a 'Good life' set up but we've been here for 35 years so well established! We have a wood burning Esse cooker and PV and solar thermal panels. I grow a lot of our veg and we eat only our own meat and eggs. Until now our lovely neighbours have moved in when we have been away but they are now into their 80's and it's a bit too much for them particularly in the winter months. The house is comfortable and in a beautiful quiet part of the Forest with lovely places to walk.
To give you a bit more of an idea of the place and what we do, you can see my website: www.hollyhockflock.co.uk
Our Home & Location
We live about 1/4 mile up a gravel track in the middle of the New Forest with lovely woodland round the house. It would be essential to have a car or at least be able to drive as it might be possible to use ours. Sadly we no longer have a village shop, so the nearest shop is around 2 miles away. There is a good pub in the village though. Although it wouldn't be essential to have it lit,as there is a big gas /electric range cooker, we do have a wood burning range cooker in the kitchen which is a lovely warm heart to the home but does require a bit of getting used to but is definitely well worth the small amount of extra work! There is also a wood burner in the sitting room that makes it very cosy. We do however have a gas boiler as a back up and easy option! The house has plenty of space and is a well lived in family home!
Responsibilities & Pets
We only go away at times of the year when there is nothing too much to do with the sheep apart from checking daily and during the winter months there might be some feeding of hay. The hens are free range so letting out, feeding and shutting in and of course collecting eggs. The dogs, 2 lurchers, have a good walk out on the open Forest in the morning. Our land opens directly onto the New Forest where you can walk for miles over beautiful countryside. Our neighbour takes them for a short walk in the afternoon and then they have their meal around 6pm and go out just before you go to bed.
November 2018 | Clive