29th January 2016
A big thank you to our beaters

Our busiest shoot season yet came to a close with the traditional Beaters' Day.

 Our busiest shoot season yet came to a close with the traditional Beaters'  Day.  Our team of beaters were able to enjoy a day of shooting and/or beating followed by a Mornacott reared turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  Served by Mornacott staff, this is just a small token of our appreciation for the hard work and dedication our beaters have yet again shown, whilst enduring some arduous weather conditions and contributing to yet another highly successful season at Mornacott.


31st December 2015
Festive Season at Mornacott

 Our holiday cottages were once again very popular over the festive season.  Our guests were able to enjoy a home from home Christmas with the added benefits of real log fires,  Christmas Day swim, stunning views and locally grown Christ

Our holiday cottages were once again very popular over the festive season.  Our guests were able to enjoy a home from home Christmas with the added benefits of real log fires, a Christmas Day swim in our heated indoor pool, stunning views, locally grown Christmas trees and for some a Mornacott Farm reared turkey.  We're very much looking forward to the New Year with some new on-site attractions, so watch this space!


27th November 2015
Sleepless nights ahead at Mornacott

Charlie, our stockman, started the process this afternoon of weaning our calves.

Charlie, our stockman, started the process this afternoon of weaning our calves.  When our calves are about 8 months old, they are separated from their mothers as they are now eating adult food and the mothers' milk is running out.  Already currently pregnant, our cows have a calf every 12 months, so this process gives them a break before their next calf is due. 

 To the human eye, this can appear to be very emotional for calf and cow alike with both tending to bawl continuously for about 4 days, which can be heard for some distance and causes some sleepless nights for us all!


17th November 2015
How to beat the North Devon link road fiasco

 With little notice the A361 North Devon link road was closed at the end of September with notices showing that it was likely to be closed for up to four months.

With little notice the A361 North Devon link road was closed at the end of September with notices showing that it was likely to be closed for up to four months.

Really handy at the start of the shooting season which much of our rural economy relies upon during the slow winter season!

One might have thought, that since the A361 is the main arterial route for North Devon, overnight and weekend working would have been the sensible which would have seen the works complete inside a month but enquires elicited the response that “curing times” and “contingency planning” made this impossible.

Not to be put off a good day's shooting alternative methods of transport are often brought into play by our teams of guns, avoiding the irritants of our increasingly poor road network!



30th September 2015
Mornacott Stables welcomes new faces

 Our Stables Manager, Megan, has been busy welcoming some new faces to the livery yard. Firstly Belle, a sometimes cheeky four and a half year old, who has transformed from being rather nervous to being happy and settled.

Our Stables Manager, Megan, has been busy welcoming some new faces to the livery yard.

Firstly Belle, a sometimes cheeky four and a half year old, who has transformed from being rather nervous to being happy and settled with her owner finding the breaking process far easier now she's at Mornacott.  Her owner says she has a very forgiving and kind nature and certainly likes her creature comforts!

Secondly, we welcomed Tumble, a rather frisky 6 year old chestnut thoroughbred.  At 16 hands, he has played two seasons of polo and has previously raced.

And lastly, Paddy, a very handsome and successful ex-show jumper.

 


26th August 2015
Gateposts

Not a very exciting topic for a news update but one that causes great frustration for all of us a Mornacott! Conservatively we have around 600 gate posts...

Not a very exciting topic for a news update but one that causes great frustration for all of us a Mornacott! Conservatively we have around 600 gate posts around the estate and the frequency with which these now need replacing is increasingly concerning. Whilst some of the gate posts (lovely old solid pieces of oak!) have been supporting gates for decades most of the new gateposts installed in ongoing fencing projects started some seven years ago are already rotted through (many haven’t even lasted beyond three years!). We’re told that this is largely due to the changes in the law relating to what preservatives can be used to treat the timber in order to protect the environment.

It does seem rather strange to think that our environment is better protected through banning preservatives which allowed timber to last four or five times longer than it currently does in exchange for the massive increases in wood consumption, burning of old posts, labour and tractor diesel necessitated through the shortened lifespan of “environmentally friendly” gateposts. But, hey, what do we know!

Thankfully, we have large quantities of old railway sleepers on hand (these being so full of preservatives and tar) which, whilst not very pretty, make excellent and long-lived replacement gateposts!  


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