Rural Life Webcams a Big Hit

According to yesterday’s Telegraph, webcams giving viewers an insight into goings-on in the countryside are proving to be a surprise hit.

Lambwatch, for example, is a live 24-hour video and audio feed documenting the random goings on at a small farm on the Yorkshire / Lancashire border and is said to be inspried by its neighbouring Hencam.

lambwatch Like anything that distracts me from going through the hundreds of emails in my Inbox, it is of course strangley addictive.  Someone in Lambwatch seems to be digging something off camera – I keep watching in the vain hope I might find out what it is!  Meanwhile, on Henwatch, it sounds like a car has just arrived.  Perhaps it is the postman?  But it seems to be taking a long time – hmm -  perhaps they have a parcel that needs signing for? Gripping stuff!

Check them out for yourselves:

www.lambwatch.co.uk

www.hencam.co.uk

Other popular rural webcams:

www.barnowltrust.org.uk – watch nesting owls

www.wildlink.org – follow the lives of lots of different animals on Andrew Coooper’s Devon farm

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This post was written by Lucy on May 8, 2009

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Where can you find a good UK farm shop?

The Telegraph kindly documented what they reckon are the best 50 farm shops across the UK.  Here’s what they said:

The Home Counties

Secretts Farm Shop – Godalming, Surrey

Village Greens Farm Shop – Dorking, Surrey

Laverstoke Park Butchers – Overton, Hampshire

Warborne Organic Farm Shop – Lymington, Hampshire

Windsor Farm Shop – Old Windsor, Berkshire

Farrowby Farm New -  Hinxworth, Hertfordshire

Franklins Free Range Poultry & Game – Sandy, Bedfordshire

The South East

Canterbury Farmers’ Market – Canterbury, Kent

Court Gardens Farm – Ditchling, East Sussex

The South West

Sheepdrove Organic Farm Family Butcher – Bristol

Kimber’s Farm – Charlton Musgrove, Somerset

Bramble and Sage Home Farm – Sutton Montis, Somerset

Pitney Farm Shop Glebe Farm – Langport, Somerset

Daylesford Organic – Daylesford, Near Kingham, Gloucestershire

Pythouse Kitchen Garden & Café -  Tisbury, Wiltshire

Allington Farm Shop – Chippenham, Wiltshire

Everleigh Farm Shop – Everleigh, Marlborough, Wiltshire

Long Crichel Bakery – Long Crichel, Wimborne, Dorset

Washingpool Farm – North Allington, Bridport, Dorset

Home Farm Shop – Tarrant Gunville, Blandford Forum, Dorset

Riverford Farm Shop – Staverton, Totnes, Devon

Wales & Shropshire

Ty-Talgarth Organics – Nantymoel, Bridgend, South Wales

Hootons Home-grown – Gwydryn hir, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey

Rhug Farm Shop – Rhug Estate, Corwen, Denbighshire

Ludlow Food Centre – Bromfield, Ludlow, Shropshire

East Anglia

La Hogue Farm Shop – Chippenham, Ely, Cambridgeshire

Walsingham Farm Shop – Guild Street, Walsingham, Norfolk

East Midlands & The North

Welbeck Farm Shop – Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Low Sizergh Barn & Farm Shop – Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria

Westmorland Services Farm Shop – On the M6 northbound and southbound, at Tebay, just north of J38, Cumbria

Plumgarths Farm Shop – Lakelands Food Park, Kendal, Cumbria

Pink Pig Farm – Holme Hall, Holme, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

The Hollies Farm Shop – Forest Road, Little Budworth, Cheshire

Chatsworth Farm Shop – Stud Farm, Pilsley, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Claremont Farm Shop – Old Clatterbridge Road, Bebington, Wirral

Moorhouse Farm Shop – Stannington, Morpeth, Northumberland

North Acomb Farm – Stocksfield, Northumberland

Brocksbushes Farm – Nr. Corbridge, Northumberland

Bashall Barn -  Bashall Town, Clitheroe, Lancashire

Newby Hall Farm Shop – Langthorpe, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire

Ainsty Farm Shop – Green Hammerton, North Yorkshire

Well done to all the farm shops that made the listing.  My rural online dating site www.muddymatches.co.uk was a farm diversifcation project so I understand the hard work that is involved in setting this kind of rural business up.  We were delighted when we were featured in the Telegraph back in 2007 – Truly, Mudly, Deeply – and it did wonders for business with thousands of rural singles signing up to meet like-minded country people.  Here’s hoping it does the same for all the farm shops listed above!

Posted under Places to Visit, Rural businesses

This post was written by Lucy on April 30, 2009

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