Thursday, 7 January 2010

Down on the Farm

Notice the canal boat on the sign?

I was reading on nb Granny Buttons website that Mill Lane Farm had won the award for 'Smallholder of the Year 2009' and thought that Jane was a very worthy winner. It reminded me of our sunny cruise down the Oxford Canal late last September when we saw the farm narrow-boat 'Pan' with a sign attached to it encouraging boaters to moor alongside to buy their farm produce. We went on past and down through Pigeon Lock, Kirtlington to moor up for a break and while Bottle was brewing the tea I walked back there to buy eggs and vegetables.
What a little gem of a place, they have several old Morris Minors, an old tractor, little museum and under a marquee Jane was serving cream teas and huge slabs of her home-made cakes. There were people everywhere sitting at tables in shady spots around the garden relaxing and enjoying their Sunday tea. I asked her for eggs and vegetables and she said she didn't have any. All her vegetables went into her large pot of home-made soup for her customers and the eggs were in the cakes. Anyway I was tempted by the large selection of cakes she had made,  displayed on the table and bought a goodly supply to take back to the boat.

This little Moggy advertises a mobile 'Wooden Wheelbarrow Workshop' and if you are ever down that way I recommend that you call in and see for yourselves and have a good old-fashioned cream tea in the garden, needless to say our cake supply didn't last long!

It is a special place that is welcoming and homely.

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