Wednesday, 20 April 2016

April 20th 2016: A night on a pig farm

Monty the Motorhome is curling up his radiator as tonight’s pitch is on a pig farm and there is a bit of a background whiff.

We woke to a beautiful sunny day and said goodbye to our Dutch neighbours, Krijn and Thérese. 
Our original plan had been to move on towards Ludlow and by coincidence Krijn and Thérese had come from the pig farm site the day before. They were pretty enthusiastic about it, so we decided to give it a try.

On route we stopped off at Carding Mill Valley - a favourite spot on the Long Mynd. Surprising for mid week it was really busy. We had an hour or so strolling, then lunch at the National Trust cafe which was eaten on their roof terrace; this relatively new development was the best place to be on such a sunny day. One interesting purchase was a jar of wild garlic pesto, collected and made locally.

Then back to the van for a sample of pesto (very garlicy) and more lazing about before moving on to tonight’s pitch - Bilbury Farm at Richards Castle. Part of the Britstops network it is a family farm producing free range rare breed pork, bacon and sausages. The actual sale of produce takes place on an adjacent farm, also owned by the same family. So we had a wander across some quite damp meadows and purchased a few bits. We also had a view of the smokehouse and the Berkshire pigs, which were still inside due to the recent cold and wet weather.

Back at the van it looks as though we will be the only motorhome parked up here tonight, so we will enjoy the peace and quiet of a lovely evening.

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