Take the time while you are at Launceston Farm to visit this fascinating and poignant exhibition recently opened at the Royal Signals Museum in Blandford by Patti Lomax, widow of “The Railway Man” Eric Lomax.
The newly released World War II film starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, who plays Patti, tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunting past. Unmissable.
2014 is certainly going to be an exciting year for us all here at Launceston Farm. Jimi with his ever extending lands and growing head of cattle, Sarah working hard towards her stylish new self-catering cottage and Cath as she develops more award winning recipes that will hopefully make her a trophy winner at the village produce show.
For me the year has started with a bang as I launch my new business, an exciting social enterprise, the Chamomile Project, which promotes wellbeing and recovery through gardening and nature based activities. We will initially be aimed at people with mental health difficulties but will also be working with local schools and community groups. As a gardener I have understood the power of gardening and nature and the benefits it has not only to my physical health but also my mental health and now I want to share that with other’s.
However to get this fantastic new project off the ground I need your help. I am running a crowdfunder campaign to raise funding so that I can attend further training to enable me to improve my leadership and mentoring skills as well as being able to offer a wider range of actives. Please support my campaign, it would mean a great deal to me. Next time you come and visit Launceston Farm perhaps I can teach you some bush craft and foraging skills!
We would like to be more dog-friendly so that when you come away you can bring the most important member of your household with you. The area is perfect for dog walking, there are dog-friendly beaches nearby and our cosy local pub welcomes well-behaved dogs. We would like to hear what you think. If you complete our VERY short survey by 31st January, leave us your email address and we will enter you in a prize draw to win one night’s B&B for two at Launceston Farm.
Taking baking to a whole new level.
It’s Kit’s 1st birthday today and I am knocking up a chocolate fudge cake with Stoates Flour. This 5th generation family run business, based at Cann Mills near Shaftesbury in Dorset, buys its organic milling wheat from Launceston Farm so my cupcakes will be almost entirely locally grown - Mavis’s eggs, Blackmore Vale Dairy milk and Stoates Flour – it’s so satisfying I am thinking of writing to Queen Mary Berry herself.
There has been a lot of interest in Jimi’s birds so far. Luckily we still have three beautiful free range Bronze turkeys available. If you would like to purchase one for Christmas, please get in touch and we can let you know weights and prices.
“…warm, reassuring and wholesome”. Thank you to all the team at Stylist Magazine for their wonderful review. We do Farmhouse B&B like no other (it’s all about the farmers…!)
A big thank you to Olive Magazine for including us in their magical whirl wind tour of great places to eat around the world. From the local food scene in Amsterdam to breakfast with views over the Eifel Tower to a Launceston Farm fry-up…sumptuous stuff.