Posts by Tricia Phillips

The Sheep Collector

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings There is nothing more Yorkshire than the Nidderdale Show. Set in the beautiful dales village of Pateley Bridge, it serves as a pilgrimage the the regions sheep farmers, and is followed shortly after by Masham sheep fair (which borders on the caricature, it is so Yorkshire). It was my…

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The Twilight Zone

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings They say that a change is as good as a rest. The jury is out, to put it mildly. It feels more like purgatory. But at least I think I’ve earned some browny points on the ‘Being a Good Mother’ front. To say that I am a rabbit in…

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Help for Heroes

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings Who are  your heroes? I have a few. Up there at the top must be Sir David Attenborough – he is a God in my eyes whom I worship reverently. No single human being has been a greater presenter of the natural world than this man. That is an…

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The Mystery of the Missing Hair Bands

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings It’s a strange one. At night,  my routine doesn’t alter much – being a woman of a certain age, I climb into bed and take my watch off and take the hair band off my wrist that I’d put there earlier from my ponytail. Yet something happens between the…

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Daisy’s ExPLODition

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings The world is full of remarkable people – sometimes it’s hard to see, but they are out there, hiding amongst the ordinary. One such lady I have had the privilege to meet right next to us here at Morndyke, is Daisy on her explodition aka Daisy’s ExPLODition I happened to…

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Mice

Life on the Funny Farm Monday Musings Life at Morndyke has just got a bit more entertaining . We’ve had an influx – of mice!🐭 Fat ones, thin ones, pale ones, dark ones, shy ones, brazen ones, even slightly disabled looking ones… they’re everywhere! They’ve taken over the huts. 10 little meeces hiding in the…

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Harvest time is here again

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings Its that time of year again: Pete’s old combine has been dusted off, its rat-chewed wires have been taped up with a bit of duck tape (incredibly versatile stuff) to stop the old girl firing. A bit of grease has been applied lovingly to some ancient cranking parts, and we…

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Damsels in distress at Morndyke Shepherds’ Huts

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings One of the great things about running a glamping site is meeting the clients. All kinds of people come through our gates bringing with them all sorts of personalities and stories. I love it. Some become good friends, some prefer to keep themselves to themselves and some love to…

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Auction of Promises at the Buck Inn in Maunby

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings When it comes to your kids, (2 legged or 4 legged, bald, furred or feathered, aka human or otherwise), nothing matters more. They bring heart ache, pleasure, pain and stress in fairly equal measures. They keep us poor, old and grey, stressed and tired (or is that just my…

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I was going to go to Breckenbrough Horse Trials.

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings Today I was going to compete at Breckenbrough Horse Trials, but it’s rained. Then rained some more. I’d need flippers and a snorkel and I don’t look great in a bikini, so inevitably it’s been cancelled. Instead, I’m doing this, I’m playing with cows. Well, herding cows. OK, convincing…

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Chaotic cow day on the farm

Fun on the Farm Friday Flashback It’s that time of year again – chuck out time. The weekend closest to May 1st is when all our herd are turned out for their summer grazing. So, another chaotic cow day on the farm, chasing tonnes of beef around the building trying to convince them to load…

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CAUTION: THIS POST IS FOR WOMEN ONLY

Life on the Funny Farm Monday Musings ****CAUTION: THIS POST IS FOR WOMEN ONLY**** (My gift to you 😉) It’s THAT time of year again. Scantily clad, sun-kissed, broad-shouldered men tenderly handling innocent and trusting creatures AKA ***shearing time*** 😉😁🤪 I unashamedly admit to lustful thoughts every time the guys turn up. Who wouldn’t? I think even…

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Kew Gardens at Morndyke

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings On Saturday I went somewhere I’d always wanted to go: Kew Gardens in London. This iconic place where every species of plant is either grown or saved, where trees stand tall and plants flourish. It made me think. I compared this 360 acre site stuffed with people and kids…

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Barbels to basking sharks. Fishing at Morndyke

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings One of the good things about our shepherds’ huts are that they are right next to our lake – perfect if you like fishing. We have an eclectic selection of fish, which I’m afraid I know nothing about, as I don’t fish and have no inclination to do so.…

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The chaos of the cows continues

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings So the cows have been turned out for the summer grazing, and all was well with the world. That is until Alan rang me. Apparently one of ‘them red heifers’ (who incidentally haven’t been heifers for a couple of years, but the name stuck) had calved at Robin’s. So,…

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We are Siamese (cats) if you please

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings It has come to my attention that I have failed to share with you my shadows. So I think I need to introduce you to two of my best mates: Kiki and Khufu- the Siamese cats. Named after famous Egyptians, and oh boy, they deserve the accolade. If you…

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Wedding Anniversary … with a difference…

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings It was my wedding anniversary last Monday. It goes without saying that Alan forgot. He’s a Yorkshire farmer after all. Admittedly this unromantic side of him always niggles me a bit. I got flowers – off a gorgeous friend. I got a card – off my Mum. I thought…

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Spring has sprung off

Fun on the Farm Friday Flashback Did I blink and miss it? Spring that is… I swear it was warm on Tuesday – I distinctly remember taking off my coat. Today I am back to swimming again in a sea of mud and wearing multiple layers whilst feeding the stock. Even Lucy the goose was…

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Auction Virgin

Fun on the Farm Friday Flashback I went to my first ever auction on Tuesday. I found some old pots that I thought would look fab on the glamping site, so I decided to bid. Well not being your ‘normal’ kind of girl, I tackled this like a headless chicken. I don’t do subtle. I…

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The Morndyke Mini Shop

Fun on the Farm Monday Musings So excited! I’ve opened a shop! The Morndyke Mini Shop to be precise. Located in the Wash House, it is selling all sorts of fab Yorkshire goodies – a range of Bothams of Whitby biscuits, fruit cakes and Yorkshire Parkin; a selection of handmade Yorkshire crisps; jams and handmade…

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