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9th November 2010

The rain's falling, the wind's howling, and we're all knee deep in mud (apart from the animals, who are snug in the stables). It's the start of another closed season at Totnes Rare Breeds.

Visitors sometimes ask why the farm has to close. We really wish we could stay open, but a glance now would tell you why. And, of course, if we didn't close, when would all the exciting improvements get done? There are plenty of plans afoot for next year, and although we won't tell you too much, they involve lots of wildlife watching, more weather-proof areas, and some cute furry rodents. By Easter Totnes Rare Breeds will be even better, (but not bigger), than before.

Before we disappear into the mire, everyone would like to say well done to all those who took part in a very successful Art Day on the Thursday of half term. The rain held off and the atmosphere was lovely - check out the photos below.

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16th October 2010

Get arty and crafty this half term with the last Art Day of the season. Head down to the farm on to make clay models of your favourite animals, fill your sketch book (provided) with pictures of the farm, or create and decorate a home for solitary bees.

All the animals will be posing for you...but watch out for Timmy and Treacle chewing your paper!

Led by local illustrator Paula Cloonan, this promises to be a great day out, with creative opportunities for all ages. Art materials will be provided, and normal entry charges apply.

29th September 2010

After much deliberation a winner has finally been chosen for our Photographic competition. Jon Hossack has won first place, and a prize of £50, for his beautiful photo of our ringed teal

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These birds are very skittish, and their boat could do with a patch up, so we are very impressed that Jon managed to make them look so photogenic.

The three runners up, who will each receive a family ticket to Totnes Rare Breeds, are as follows:

1) Orlando Lewry, for his iamge of Oscar the scops owl and his whiskers:

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2) Colin Aitkin, with his unusual photo of Benjie the bengal eagle owl folding his wings in flight:

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3) Gavin Ducie, who captured Benjie looking very cross, and all the more handsome for it:

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The winner in the children's category was twelve year old Louis Berthaud, who caught Treacle the golden guernsey smirking: not easy since he never stays still.

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Everyone would like to say well done to all who entered. The standard was particularly high and there weren't enough prizes to go round everyone who deserved them. We always welcome photos from visitors who are proud of their pictures and don't mind us using them - keep an eye on our adverts, website and next year's brochure. Thank you also to everyone who came to the photography day and made it so enjoyable. We hope to see you all next year! Keep your eyes open for the dates of 2011's photography days.

28th September 2010

Well the sun shone and made our first Apple Weekend one to remember. Apples were pressed, bobbed, thrown and hunted, and everyone agreed that the freshly pressed juice, made from a combination of all our apples, was delicious. Such a happy, friendly, family atmosphere is right up the Rare Breeds street, and was perfectly rounded off by the traditional homemade toffee apples, and apple pie and cream in the cafe.

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14th September 2010

Trying to think of a weekend family activity? Join us on the 25th and 26th of September as we press all the apples from our trees. You can even bring a container (reasonably sized, please!) to take home a free sample. In the farm there will be lots of extra activities going on: try your hand at apple throwing, without your hands at apple bobbing, and join in the apple hunt. Prizes will be awarded and much fun had by all. Round everything off with apple pie and cream in the cafe.

Not an apple fan? Don't worry, all our animals will be there as usual to give you a great day out, with delicious meals and treats in the Garden Cafe.

Normal farm entry prices will apply: Adults £4.75, Children £3.50, Senior Citizens £4.25, Families £15.