We’re having a Photo Competition!

We are looking for some photographs of our beautiful part of Cornwall to print in our 2013 Lobbs Farm Shop Calendar. We would like to invite all our customers to take part and submit a photograph to us before the 12th October 2012

Lobbs Farm Shop will donate £50 for each of the 12 winning photographs to a charity of your choice.

The calendar is given to customers with Christmas orders and are also for suggested donation of £2 each to Mount Edgcumbe Hospice.

There are 3 categories that you can interpret how you wish: 

a) Landscape b) Picnic (using some lovely local produce) c) Cornish Fun!

We will select 12 images for the calendar. Your photo will also be on display in the Countryside Barn from the 13th – 19th October

A few rules for competition entry: 1. Please submit your photo as a print & a JPEG file dropped into Lobbs Farm Shop or posted to the address below. JPEGS can be sent via email if you wish. 2. Please do not send original prints or negatives. 3. Open to amateur & professional photographers. 4. Please make sure any people in the photographs have given their permission for their portrayal in this medium 5. Please submit your photo with a title and where in our area it was taken. 6. Also give your name, address & contact number with your photo

You can submit your entry to lobbsfarmshop@btconnect.com
Or you can post it or drop it into the farm shop on a cd! Our address is Lobbs Farm Shop, Heligan, St Ewe, Cornwall PL26 6PN.

Here’s the map of what we consider to be ‘our patch’! There’s some stunning views to be had in this area, so get out there with your camera and get some cracking shots!

Bags of Good

In February of this year we started charging 5p for a carrier bag in an effort to encourage people to bring their own bags to the shop. We do our best to reduce, re-use and recycle within the business and your support is much appreciated. However there is an upside to not bringing your own bag as the carrier bag fee since February has amounted to £800! This money has been distributed to local schools and several have written to us describing which projects have been supported. Recently Probus School have used our donation to buy apple trees for their new orchard. Mevagissey School is developing its new gardening club, Gorran school is using the donation to support their art week and Tywardreath School’s project is the refurbishment of the swimming pool. Other schools which have benefited are, St Mewan, Tregony, Charlestown, Grampound, Veryan & Grampound Road.

So, try to remember to bring your bag but if you don’t, don’t panic, you’re supporting a good cause!

 

St Ewe Country Fair

Becca Lobb was our spy at this year’s St Ewe Country Fair, she sent in this report from the goings on… sounds like a lovely day, even the sun decided to shine this year!

“Yet again this year the small village of St. Ewe hosted its annual Country Fair which proved, as ever, to be a fantastic day for everyone involved! Miraculously the sun shone on us and the day was a huge success raising money for a number of local charities but in particular this year, the Cornish branch of the Samaritans, the Cornwall Deaf and also Cornwall Blind Associations. As you wandered about the Fair you were invited to meet some beautiful birds of prey, watch the magnificent shire horses, admire brilliant sheepdog demonstrations (surely the cleverest sheepdogs around -they could even round up ducks!) , listen to a brass band, browse at local craft stalls, grab a bargain from the car boot, have a bounce on a bouncy castle, win yourself a coconut, sample some of our fantastic local produce in the farmers’ market, get crafty with your children making underwater creatures in the kids’ marquee, howl with laughter at Craig Johnson’s wonderful puppet show, join in with Punch and Judy, admire some simply fantastic cakes, flowers and veggies in the horticultural show and finish it all off with a delicious pork and stuffing roll courtesy of the refreshments tent. The day could never go ahead without such fantastic committed volunteers, many of whom give up hours throughout the year planning the event. On the day over 90 people volunteered their time so well done and thank you to all of those involved!
Hopefully all of those visiting the Fair on their holidays will reminisce about that lovely Fair where you could sit in the sunshine with a cream tea and soak up the best of Cornwall!”

Natural World- Heligan Gardens

If you didn’t catch this on BBC2 last night, watch it here. It’s an hour of beautiful film from Heligan Gardens, right next door to us. Well worth a watch, click the picture below to find it on iPlayer.

St Ewe Country Fair

A date for your diary!

The St Ewe Country Fair runs from 10am to about 5pm on Sunday 21st August. There’s all sorts of things going on for all the family including a horticultural marquee, craft marquee, farmers’ market, sideshows (including welly wanging, coconut shy…), stalls, plants, car boot sale, refreshments (lunches and cream teas) and a bar.
There’ll be a kids’ marquee with punch and judy show, Stones and Bones a wonderful puppet show by Craig Johnson (find out more about it here), storytelling with Emma Tofi and various craft activities for children.  There is a fun dog show and in the main arena we have the Bugle Silver Band, flying birds of prey, shire horses, sheepdog demo, tug of war.  There is also morris dancing.

That should be enough to keep most people amused! So go along and support it, its a lovely day out.

red sky at night

Words don’t very well describe last nights sunset over these skies, even a photo doesn’t quite do it justice but it’ll have to do!

Feast Week Fireworks

Every year at the end of June is Feast Week in Mevagissey. You find out a little more about it here. The weather this year was amazingly beautiful, lucky as the majority of events rely on being outdoors in the gorgeous setting of the harbour. The end of the week is topped off by an incredible fireworks display from the end of Lighthouse Quay, people travel a long way to see these fireworks and they’re definitely worth it! In case you didn’t hear them or see them for miles around, here’s some photos, so get ready to “ooh” and “ahh”!

above: Mevagissey Harbour

English Wine Week 2011

English Wine Week will be running from the 28th May to 5th June and will celebrate all things about English wine. Here in Cornwall we have some fabulous vineyards who’ll be participating in the wine week.
The reknowned Camel Valley Vineyard will be holding a tour and wine tasting evening on the 30th May with a lovely barbecue prepared by Michelin starred chef, Nathan Outlaw.
In the far west of Cornwall, near Penzance, is Polgoon and they’re offering free tours and tasting of their wines and new cider all through the week.
Very local to Lobbs Farm Shop is Bosue Vineyard and on the 30th May they’re holding an open day with all entry proceeds donated to the Merlin Project ( Cornwall Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre). The Vineyard is open from 11am until 7pm and costs £4.00 per adult, under 18s are free (but alas no wine for the youngsters!)

Cheers!

Polgoon Vineyard

Val, Anne, Mandy & I went on busmans holiday in February down to Penzance to visit the award-winning Polgoon Vineyard on one of their open days. We were warmly greeted by Kim & John Coulson, the owners, who quickly cracked a bottle or two for tasters – my kind of people! They explained how they started originally as fish merchants in Newlyn but then bought Polgoon about 6 years ago. Polgoon used to be a daffodil farm but after consultation with Bob Lindo, from Camel Valley Vineyard, it was agreed the ground & climate would lend itself to growing vines. The rest as they say is history.  We sampled their latest products (all in the interest of research of course & it would have been rude not too!) – Cornish Black & Cornish Pink – both equally good – ideal for perfect summer picnics chilled straight from the fridge – ansome! Next we tried both the Raspberry Aval & Aval – a sparkling cider – again delicious – and Kim said they have found them increasingly popular for weddings instead of the mega prices charged for the usual MC or Bolli.  John recommended the Aval with cheeses while the Raspberry Aval they felt complimented desserts or just as an aperitif. Kim & John have also planted loads of apple trees which we went out to see & the elderflower they use for their sparkling elderflower is grown locally too.  John explained to us how they extract the sediment & load the ‘fizz’ corks – fascinating stuff. To find out more why not take a trip down west & pop in to see them – you will be made most welcome. Stockists include Fortnum & Mason, River Cottage & Lobbs Farm Shop, naturally! It was a lovely day out to meet Kim & John – the volume & range of products they make is quite amazing – gives us a better understanding when promoting their products to our Customers too. After a mootch (is there such a word?!) around Penzance popping to a couple of other deli type places we then enjoyed a delicious relaxing lunch & then drove home in Cornish ‘mizzle’ – a lovely day was had by all. – Gill

 

Wassailing

“Here’s to thee, old apple tree, That blooms well, bears well. Hats full, caps full, Three bushel bags full, An’ all under one tree. Hurrah! Hurrah!”

January 17th is the traditional night to go orchard wassailing. If you’re wondering what on earth this wassailing business is, the word ‘Wassail’ is from the Anglo-Saxon ‘waes hael’ meaning to be ‘in good health’. Its an old custom that toasts the health of the trees in the hope that they produce abundant cider making apples and pears in the coming year. Go for a wassail and enjoy a mug of Cornish Orchards’ spiced Wassail available online or in the farm shop! Enjoy your drink responsibly, unlike the lairy looking crowd in the painting!

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