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Contact - Chris Franklin: Contact for Rescue animals, animal care, group visits, talks, social media  contact@caenhillcc.org.uk 07 816 816 125

Kara Robertson: Contact for press, media, photographs, social media shoutouts media@caenhillcc.org.uk 

WEEKLY ROUNDUP 31 AUGUST 2020

Chicken and duck feeding with Casey this week

This week marked one year since we started our patreon page where for the first time we gave you the chance to sponsor our animals. One year later we have 242 patreons and I think each and every one of them is amazing. To have a regular income to help with animal feed and care is more than I could have dreamt of, we only wish we had more time to create even more extra content to thank them all, we have a few ideas coming though.

I can hardly believe that myself and Casey have a few patreons as well, yep, the duo behind the photos, the shoutouts, the keyboard and the chicken feeding have supporters and it means the absolute world to us. Just like the rest of the team, we volunteer to keep the farm going because we believe the farm has so much to give. Every patroen and even everyone that has been kind enough to send us items from the wish list really keeps us going, it makes every farm visit, every email answered, every extra photo just in case all the more enjoyable.

We're really thankful for all of the other ways you support the farm too, take the shoutout donations for example. We get to help you celebrate a Birthday, a graduation, a birth, an engagement, an anniversary and so much more and in return you help us develop the farm. It's such a fun way for you to support us that we started offering personal video messages a couple of months ago and we've loved filming these. It's a chance for us to share a bit more of the farm with you and for you to see a few more of your favourites. Thank you so much for all of your feedback on all of your shoutouts, we love hearing what you think, please keep your messages coming in, they really make us smile.

Behind the shoutouts, patreon videos and dancing we're working on so many ideas to bring the farm to you. We're working on calendars and are just looking into the best print and distribution options to reach you all, if you have any contacts please let us know. We still have our Saturday tours, don't forget to book up in advance to join us. We've even started to get prepared for Christmas and had a party with our sunflowers this week, they're amazing dancers. You'll see the footage closer to the big day, but if you want to get prepared for gifts yourself, Caroline is now taking on commissions. After she painted my beautiful cat Muffin who I lost a few years ago and completely captured his spirit, I can't recommend these enough.

Casey loves time with his Grampy

While we've been working on planning, having a farm full of animals means that sometimes the days are unpredictable. I mean, who would have expected potential lambs this late in the summer, but Chris has brought Tiddler in who's looking like she's expecting. Even when Chris steps away from the farm for a simple visit to Bath with Helie to look into a video editing computer, it turns into a day of getting soaked by the rain and chasing cows around the garden. It's been a bit of a week for escaping animals with the sheep and our cows, but dare I say that after an amazing team effort with Perry, Sarah and Luke in to help, they might just stay put. Although it was great to see Daisy back watching the rush hour and going bananas with Chris, I think she might stick around in the barn a little longer to get a few extra bananas in.

While Daisy's headed to the barn and it's definitely turning colder with a hint of Autumn in the air, it's not time to move all the animals to the barn just yet. We'll let them enjoy the fields while they're still dry enough. It has got us thinking about indoor areas for us humans though, we're going to need to work on our spaces to dry out, warm up and work more effectively this winter. Our first project is to get our farm kitchen installed finally, we have the funding ready, we just need a local builder. Once complete we'll be able to prepare food for our animals with a little less smashing and hopefully in time teach some of our students some basic skills. We're also dreaming of getting a cabin put in to create a better working space for art and media, hopefully we can make this dream a reality in the near future.

Don't worry, we haven't forgotten the animals in all these plans. We'll be working on our rescue animal area with our rabbits and guinea pigs being the first residents to make way for the kitchen. We'll be organising the barn, no doubt with Casey's help, he really likes a good tidy up, ready for winter and we'll still be putting their care first as always. Even Casey with the distraction of a mud kitchen built by one of our volunteers, always puts the animals first at home with Teddy and at the farm with the chickens.

So there you have it, another week at the farm, I'm just sorry that my update is delayed, we had some family time by the sea yesterday which I'll tell you more about next week. For now I'll finish with a thank you (and I'll have a new thank you every week) and today I want to say a big thank you to Courtney in Washington. Not only is the coffee you sent amazing (we've been sharing it at the farm) but your ongoing support is so much appreciated too.

Keep safe,

Kara, Casey and Teddy

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