Thursday, 18 November 2010

Jams & Chutneys

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After previously buying in all our preserves for the breakfast table, Jan decided a couple of years back to start making her own jams and marmalades. We've tried out quite a selection on our guests, including a beautifully tart wild plum jam made from produce grown in the local hedgerows. After taking stock of what we've used we've discovered that the most popular jam this summer was damson, so if you know of any going to waste year after year please let us know. Jan also makes her own chutneys using seasonal fruit and vegetables, and now has approaching 20 different varieties.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Hen harriers a plenty

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We had a couple staying with us recently who drove through the Trough to get to us. Towards the top of Waddington Fell they saw no fewer than 5 hen harriers! Needless to say it made their day.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Birds and bats

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Recent bird sightings mentioned by our guests include a whimbrel, a couple of mergansers, oystercatchers and sand martins. Just the other night I and 2 of our visitors enjoyed watching a pair of bats racing past just above our heads. You are nearly always guaranteed to see them as dusk falls - very entertaining.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Deer and otters along the Ribble Way

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This email was sent to us by a member of the Manx Arms Ramblers, 8 of whom stayed at Foxhill Barn recently while walking the Ribble Way. They were obviously delighted with their wildlife sightings.

Hello Peter & Janet,

As promised, a note to say thank you for a great nights stay and for going that extra step to make our walk enjoyable.

The rest of the walk went well with a much better amount of signposts to help us along. The weather stayed with us for the rest of the trip and we managed to complete the whole walk for Sunday afternoon.

We were lucky enough to see three deer crossing the river , in the location you described as being detoured due to land dispute. This was really a treat we did not think could be bettered until we spotted otters a few miles out of Preston.

Altogether a great trip.

All the best Paul and the Manx Ramblers

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Plover over Weets Hill

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Two of our guests who stayed last night went for a walk up "Weets", which is the closest of Lancashire's 3 peaks to Foxhill Barn and joins the Pendle Way up to its summit. They told us how impressive the views are, and were delighted to see a pair of plover flying around close by.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010


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Lots of beautiful primroses are now in full bloom near Foxhill Barn. You can find them by following one of the OS footpaths leading to Bracewell.

Sunday, 14 March 2010


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Jan & I were coming back from Clitheroe last Sunday evening when we saw a badger cross the road right in front of us. It was between Downham and Rimington, just after we'd climbed out of the dip at Twizzles Bridge. The only other time we've seen badgers round here is a couple of years ago when we saw 3 of them running up Howgill, just past Howgill Farm. They ran in front of the car for several yards before slinking off through a gap in the hedge - a truly amazing sight.

Monday, 1 February 2010

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Within an hour of us putting up our new bird "table" we were getting a variety of birds feeding, with blue tits being the most common. Here is one of yesterday's visitors.

Saturday, 30 January 2010

3 peaks and Pendle - views from Foxhill

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I went for a walk this morning to take in the full splendour of the stunning panorama you can see when you look North from Foxhill; Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent still wearing their snowy caps, Whernside only revealing itself from a higher vantage point when the light catches it at just the right angle, allowing you to distinguish between normally blurred horizons. My photo, taken from our yard this morning, really doesn't do this magnificent view justice.

These beautiful views of Pendle are the ones that greet us when we open our front door. Bonny, our pony, is always to be found nonchalantly grazing in the foreground.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Winter Wonderland at Foxhill

Jan & Pete would like to wish you all a happy New Year. And what a start to 2010 weatherwise! These are just a couple of the many wonderful scenes we woke up to this morning.

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