Thursday, 27 November 2014

Great Market Prices for Steeple Leaze Farm

Steeple Leaze Farm were commended at the Sedgemoor Auction Centre for a Belgian Blue Heifer being sold as part of 'some of the best cattle seen all year', also gaining top selling price for that day. This is a great achievement for the farm and one we will strive to continue with.

Busy Times

It is fair to say that we are still very busy on the farm with various work still to be done. We had nearly 5,000 lambs born at the beginning of this year which are currently being put out on keep. The ramms have been put out to do their work so fingers crossed we will have another bumper year for lambs next year. We are only two months off lambing again which has come around so quickly! I thought I would show a picture of Jed, one of the working dogs, having some playtime with me. Jed is proving to be a great dog, he is just over two years old and is very keen to learn.

Friday, 21 November 2014



Despite the wet and windy weather we have encountered in the past couple of weeks I managed to capture this shot of just some of the farm on a glorious sunny day. The fields and trees are looking lush and green.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Winter Is Here

Winter has arrived on the farm and so has the wind and rain! Some of the sheep have now gone out on keep for the next few months, giving the fields here a chance to grow and flourish.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Camping

With the down pours we had yesterday camping was definitely off limits, the rain was relentless! Please note the campsite is now CLOSED for the Winter.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Shear Delight!

The shearers are with us today on the farm and they are shearing approximately 500 sheep today. It is an early start making sure all the sheep are in the barn and they are nice and dry ready for shearing.

Shearing this many takes the whole day and it is a legal requirement for this to be done. Shearing is a real skill and back braking!!!

Stage 1

 Stage 2
 Stage 3

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Beautiful Crisp Morning

After the downpour of rain we had yesterday morning, this morning it is a beautiful crisp one on the farm. Piglet took some time off working to enjoy the views!

Monday, 6 October 2014

The Wareham and Purbeck YFC Ploughing Match

Yesterday saw the annual Wareham and Purbeck Young Farmers & Vintage Ploughing Committees 39th Annual Ploughing Match which was a huge success with over 40 participants. There were different categories including, Vintage Trailing, Reversible and Novice.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

New Arrivals....

It has been a busy few weeks on the farm as we were in the peak of calving. We still have a few cows left to calve but I thought I would share a picture of this handsome chap with you all!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Walking around Purbeck

Fancy a week of walking around Purbeck? www.walkswanage.com organizes a festival of walking, 3 a day over 9 days starting the 20th September.  In its 5th year, the walk leaders are all experts in various subjects including Haunted Wareham, Purbeck at war and Fossils.  Each walk is only £3.50 which is excellent value.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Good Night

The nights are drawing in at Steeple Leaze, which is an opportunity for the photographers around Purbeck to take some gorgeous photos, like this one of Corfe Castle silhouetted against the light of a dying sun.

This was taken by Gareth James and is annotated as "Taken just after sunset at Corfe Castle in Dorset. Amazing orange skies and an iconic silhouette."

Friday, 12 September 2014

Purbeck Marathon

Its the Purbeck marathon tomorrow, voted the best marathon in the UK.  The course takes the runners behind Steeple Leaze and then down into Tyneham before returning to the Ridge for the long run into Swanage.  Steve Way (commonwealth marathon runner) still holds the course record in 2:56:52.  Good luck if you are doing it and if you are not, give the runners a cheer!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Misty Morning

Thought it was going to be a foggy day when I left the farm this morning.  Burst out of the mist as I rode up Grange Hill and took this photo at the viewpoint of the mist receding down the valley from Tyneham.  Beautiful time of year on Steeple Leaze Farm.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Purbeck Dolphins

Purbeck Dolphins by +Julian Sawyer 
+Julian Sawyer has done a great job again, capturing some captivating photo's of a pod of dolphins off the Durlston cliffs near Swanage.  Purbeck is one of the best places to see dolphins and the Durlston Cliffs are an excellent vantage point, they also have a great restaurant for refreshments after.  See Julian's Blog here.


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Dorset County Show

A great day at the Dorset Country show, so much to see and do.  My personal favorites apart from the beer were, getting free ice cream from the amazing Purbeck Ice cream company, watching the ever excellent salt pig demonstrate butchering a venison and getting some gifts from the craft tent where LucyTidbury and Cozy knits and Bits were showing their wears.  Special mention goes to the fabulous sheep show, I can honestly say this was the best 20 minutes away from the beer tent I spent all day, the act is totally engaging and puts the plight of sheep farming in perspective in the current economy, something very dear to our hearts in Steeple Leaze.

A well done to Sams Fudge, sister of Lucy who got a spot on BBC south today and thanks to Savilles for a few refreshments throughout the day.

If you are visiting Purbeck next year at the beginning of September, be sure you put this event in your diary, or even better, camp with us anyway, amazing day guaranteed.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Events this weekend

If you are looking for something to do this weekend whilst you are at Steeple Leaze, you might want to take a trip upto the Square and Compass.  This pub has gained a reputation for retaining its rustic charms and a must visit if you haven't been before.  Music tonight (Friday) @ 09:00pm - Andy Broad and on Saturday @ 2:00pm Abie Budgen.

If that doesn't take your fancy, then try the Dorset County Show which runs on both Saturday and Sunday, you may need both days as there is so much to do.  Our very own Lucy Tidbury will be there with her Moos (cow themed arts and crafts), which you can see on her website

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

SOUTH WEST SEA KAYAKING

We are looking forward to seeing the kayakers this weekend, they will be here from Friday for a charitable and social event.  Hope you guys have fun and send us some photo's of your antics!!

http://southwestseakayaking.co.uk/2014/08/30/south-west-sea-kayaking-meet-2014-joining-instructions/

Purbeck Footprint

I came across a fantastic little blog by local resident Julian Sawyer who spends his time walking around purbeck, writing about his adventures and taking stunning photographs.  Julians latest walk takes him around Kimmeridge and along the ridge over Tyneham cap, just above Steeple Leaze in fact.  Check out his blog at http://purbeckfootprints.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/kimmeridge-or-bust.html

Monday, 25 August 2014

Roy and Jed


Meet Roy and Jed who work on the farm.

Chickens


The chicks are growing fast, we had four back in April and now they are scratching around the garden enjoying the summer.  We are not yet sure if we have any cockerels but the white Speckled Sussex is a bit feisty.  The three other Buff Orpingtons are more like "Lucky" who sat them all and proud father "Foghorn".



Sunday, 24 August 2014

Durdle Door

Fantastic image of the milky way over Durdle Door taken by Mark Pellymounter.  Durdle Door is approximately 10 minutes drive from the farm or a good hour walk along the stunning Jarrasic Coast.

Durdle Door Milky Way - Trying to learn how to process images to bring out as much detail in the milky way. It is hard to get the balance right without created too much noise in the final image. To say I am pleased with this one is a bit of an understatement!
This was a 30 second exposure at ISO 3200 at 10mm lens f4. Being a very dark sky with little light polution helps to show up the milky way, but had to use a powerfull searchlight to light up the Durdle Door archway. Mark Pellymounter