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Limousin X cows and Simmental X Calves.
Braunston village in the background.
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Big Farm is your way to Wolfhampcote Farms which is to be found on the borders of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire in the centre of England .
We're actually in Warwickshire which is the best county in England........but don't tell any one in Braunston that.
The precise location on your world map is :-
Latitude 52º16´North - Longitude 1º13´West
This link will take you to a map of the Midlands.
For a more detailed map go to the good people at Streetmap
a brief history of the area
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If you are looking for the best accommodation in the area look no further than The Manor in Braunston. Braunston Manor, the most imposing residence in the village, has magnificent views and sumptuous bedrooms.
There are 4 pubs in Braunston, all good in their own respects,
The Old Plough, where I've been known to take a jar or two of ale. Good food served at lunchtimes and evenings. 4 real ales and a skittles table, there's always a friendly atmosphere and a warm fire in winter Plus all the Rugby matches!
The Wheatsheaf, the local venue for rock music on a Saturday night and a good cellar with interesting guest ales.
The Admiral Nelson, a canal-side inn serving good food and real ales, it's where Horatio used to moor up with HMS Victory after a hard campaign.
The Boathouse, a large canal-side pub catering for family food etc. It's recently been refurbished and under new management by Marstons.
April 12th 2010
I'm still trying to log in to this web site. If I can see this I've done it!!
By golly! No "501'CWD' syntax error" !!!!! Ladies and Gentlemen, we have lift off.!!!!!
Anything that follows is probably unfinished, so don't complain, yet!
Here's a photo of Maggie and May shrew hunting in the woods. Don't know if I fall foul of the new hunting laws by letting them forage like this but to put your minds a ease, NO small animals were harmed in the taking of this picture!
A Giant Puff-ball lurking by Maggie. Sliced up and fried with a bit of butter and black pepper it's a welcomed addition to a traditional fried breakfast. [That's the puff-ball, not Maggie!]
Other foraging trips to Badby Woods were worthwhile and I brought home loads of Boleti and other edible fungi.
"Wot, no hay?"
The Christmas festivities have come and gone, The Annual Christmas Concert at St. Peter's was very well attended as usual and my hearty thanks goes out to all who performed and to everybody who braved the track and made it such an occasion. We raised over £400 for the upkeep of the old church and a further sum [over £150 I think] was raised for MacMillan Nurses at The Plough afterwards through sales of mulled wine and mince pies. Many thanks to Avril and Maureen for donating the candles for the gig and also hosting the Xmas Fare binge!
Wolfhampcote has it's very own in house [well in my house] recording musician! Ted Nilsson the up and coming Swedish DJ . Perhaps it'll be a new genre of music........Hall Music! Hahahah, sorry couldn't resist it.
Get some samples of this brilliant dj's work at..
I haven't been to a so many gigs this year but still getting to The Merchant's in Rugby where I've seen some of the best local talent. [Some of the bands are good as well!!]
Kel Elliott who has appeared in several guises, as Molly Brown, The Kel Elliott Band and I think Base Birds and Beats [Quite like the idea of seeing some base birds] Anyway, she's great! There's always a good crowd from Braunston in the Merchants on a Kel night!
Our other big favourites are Hickman and Quinn,
a duo from Shrewsbury, two of the best guitarists you could hope to see. Chris and James have performed at
The Old Plough on numerous occasions
Kel at The Merchant in March 2010
James and Chris at The Merchants March 2010.
Past " Best Gigs" have been
Richard Thompson [no relation!]
The musician's musician as some call him performed an acoustic set with many new [to me] numbers and some of the old favourites.
loved their music for years and it was great to see and hear Mike Scott who's [I think] the only original member.
African Soul Rebels. A conglomeration of some of the best sounds coming out of Africa.
Three acts for the price of one!
Souad Massi, a very talented Algerian lady who sang beautiful acoustic folk, sometimes solo, some with her band.
Emmanuel Jal, a Sudanese ex boy soldier, he rapped/hip-hopped, quite poignantly about being kidnapped as a very young boy and trained as a AK47 toting fighter.
Best , for me anyway, the legendary
Amadou and Mariam.
The blind husband and wife team from Mali have been rocking for about 20 years and are now being recognised in Europe. Give their 2005 release "Dimanche A Bamako" a listen.
Lo'Jo. A French band from the Loire Valley, they had very strong North African influences both in their music and their instruments. Highly recommended if you get the chance to see them.
Van [the man] Morrison, Irish chappy, no description needed
DJ Format, English hip-hop scratch meister with 2 Canadian MCs Abdominal and Deecisiv
Gervase Finn, ex school inspector and now author recounting his extremely funny anecdotes.
Nitin Sawhney, English/Asian musician with his full band. Simply wonderful! One of the best gigs I've ever been to and the most eclectic mix of musical styles you will ever hear.
John Martyn, English guy who was around for about 300 years, been every where, done every thing, smoked everything, lost half his leg but still sounded brilliant. Sadly John died in January 2009.
Royksopp, Norwegian duo performing in Camden prior to Glastonbury. Electronic/Dance/Laid back music, I've worn out their first cd [Melody A.M.] .
All that plus Tuesday nights in a Rugby pub called The Merchant's where there's very often good local bands .
Bye for now peeps!
A photo of our old mare Catherine taken a few years ago in early spring, the old girl had been having a roll!
Here are a couple of pictures of the farm taken by my friend and neighbour Brian Sanderson from his microlight. Top, The Hall and farm yards; bottom photo, looking north, Great Central railway going from bottom left to top middle, farm buildings centre right.
Cheerio for now,
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