99 donkey names

Thank you to everyone who suggested names for the donkey – we are still choosing… but here they all are:
Wookey Dookey Donkey, Noah, Dopey, Jubilee, Herbert, Jacob, Muriel, Wonkey the Donkey, Spud, Oscar, Romeo, Cora, Honker, Dougie Donkey, Bogart, Kendoy, Trevor, Wonkee, Wonka, Barry, Brownie, Dingbat the Donkey, Priddy Polly, Dynamo the Donkey, Elvis, Dobbin, Pookey, Marmite, Pixie, Dash, Sidney (Sid), Tootsie, Humphrey, Twiggy, Hilda, Derry, Jubilee, Hamish, Jasper, Genki, Donkers, Merlin, Dave, Desmond (Dezzy/Dez), Winky Wonkey the Wookey Donkey, Shaun, Dillys the Donkey, Huw, Caramel, Cadwallader, Pascoe, Chewee, Geoffrey, Dumpy, Trigger, Pickle, Jazz, Orson, George, Pickles, Wilfred, Darwin, Wonkey Donkey from Wookey, Dank the Donkey, Barney, Willie, Arthur, Oak, Dougal, Eeyor, Biscuit, Harry, Momo, Dinky, Milo, Oliver, Zebedee, Aston, Delaney, Shrek, Bear, Duncan, Lucky, Hazel, Krankey, Poppins, Eeyore, Donkey, Chewy (Chewbacca), Dinner-time, Kong, Eddie, Mr Murphy, Mister Ed, Delaney, Charlie, Blue, Coco.

I’m just waiting for one more – where I wasn’t sure which was the suggested name.

Only a few repetitions – a great range of funny, cute, silly and well thought out names. Answer to be published soon…..

Last chance to name the donkey

Final few days of our ‘name the donkey’ competition. Your chance to win 2 nights at Wookey Farm Campsite. Competition closes midnight 6th May….. email [email protected]
On Tuesday, we’re going to take the list outside and call all the names out to see which one he likes best.

Win a free weekend camping

Last Tuesday we welcomed a new friend to Wookey Farm. A donkey. Ian’s childhood friend, Kevin, keeps a herd of donkeys but needed to move this donkey to another home before he got too friendly with his sisters! He likes company so we’ve put him with the sheep. After an uncertain initial meeting, they are now all great friends although he is still a little unsure of Jake.

But… donkey doesn’t have a name! We enjoy involving our campers in what we’re up to on the farm and so we are asking you to come up with a name for our donkey. If we choose your name, you win 2 free nights camping (one unit) for you and your family.

Please send your suggestion to [email protected] by 6th May 2012.

 

Trees

We’ve planted various areas of trees around the farm and the latest lot is 450 trees around the campsite. Silver Birch, Rowan, Ash, Holly, Dogwood and many more. Hopefully this will create a bit more interest around the site – they’re very small at the moment but looking forward to seeing them in leaf. As usual, Jake has managed to get himself in on the action!

Barn Owl

Having seen an article in the Wells Journal “Bidding to boost the barn owl population”, we contacted Chris Sperring (Expert and Somerset Wildlife Trust vice-president) about how we could get involved with the scheme. He came over to the farm and thought we had just the right habitat to encourage barn owls. He was pleased with all the long, rough grass around the pond and found lots of evidence of field voles so perfect food for the owls. The aim of the Trust’s project is to get a barn owl box in every parish in Somerset. We were delighted that Chris thought we had a suitable habitat for the owls and we received the box that very day. Hopefully a breeding pair will take up residence and we will be able to watch them at dawn or dusk from the hay barn, so as not to disturb them. Ian attended a Community Barn Owl Project talk, given by Chris Sperring, to find out more about these lovely creatures. Find out more: Hawk and Owl Trust and Somerset Wildlife

This little piggy went to Wookey Farm

Here are our two little Oxford Sandy and Black piggies.

They are 10 weeks old and pretty heavy! They settled into their new home last night and then we let them out into the field this morning. They were exploring their new paddock, testing the boundaries and then one decided to take on the electric fence. He was out in a flash, through the hedge, onto the road. I ran out onto the road just in time to see him disappearing into Roger’s field. I fought my way through the hedge: no sign of a pig. I then heard Ian calling from the entrance, he must hav
e been running down the field while I was running up the road. We started to move in, not entirely sure what out plan was when he took a brave leap and was back in the paddock with his friend. One way to keep fit!

Visit to the Magdalen Project

Had a fantastic weekend down at the Magdalen Project. I was one of 16 people, on their ‘Learning for Growth’ course – all about growing your own organic veg and keeping livestock. Really interesting weekend and I’ve come away with lots of plans for my veg plot as well as how the chickens can help compost my veg beds. Also useful advice on lambing as (hopefully) our 11 ewes will be lambing in April – same time as the goats so it’ll be a busy month.

Baa Baa

Recently purchased 8 new sheep for the farm. 

The three in the foreground are our Suffolk sheep and the slightly camera shy brown and white sheep are the new Jacob sheep, known for their lovely fleeces. Will try to take some close up pictures.

Chick, chick, chicken.. lay a little egg for me

Our new arrivals: Lutikka – the beautiful black hen very kindly given to us by some of our campers. We’ve learnt that you should never introduce just one hen to a group… they are cruel! Think “hen pecked”, “pecking order”…. all friends now but it took a good few days before they let her out of the house.

Then a couple of weeks ago, a family in Wookey gave us their 4 hens and 2 ducks as they are moving away. We built a new pen for them but as you can see one of the white ones thought she’d go off for a day trip…. in come the scissors to clip the wings. Sorry hen but there are far too many dogs and foxes lurking about! The ducks are a bit camera shy so its very hard to get a good picture of them. They’re great fun to watch waddling about the pen and dipping in the little duck pond.

Egg laying – so you may think that with 10 hens we’d be over-flowing with eggs? Well not quite – they all decided to go off laying. Apparently its perfectly normal at this time of year – they’re just doing their autumn moult thing. I’m getting 3 or 4 a day now so hopefully they are getting back on track.

Wookey Fest Camping Jam

A fab weekend – still recovering! For Saturday night we had guitars, keyboard, drums and a sax all jamming away in the music tent with words on the screen so we could sing along. We also had campfire songs and junk percussion around the campfire. Torrential rain didn’t dampen the spirits, just the fire so we moved in under the music tent to carry on the fun.

After a slowish start to the day on Sunday, we were back with the music in the evening. More guitars, drums, singing and enthusiastic campers. I only got a few pictures so if anyone has any, please do email them to me and I can add them to the website.

Thank you Shaun for organising the music and projector. Thank you Tasha and Ben for the campfire songs.

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