Christmas is a very exciting time on the farm, the whole place takes on a different hue, particularly if its covered in frost or snow. The whole place is buzzing excitedly as we get everything ready for the big day.
Although there isn't much happening by way of farming its a good time to take stock of the year and get on with maintenance jobs. We have a lot of livestock on the farm (Highland and Red poll cows for beef and Suffolk sheep for lamb, which we sell in the shop) so we have lots of fences which need repairing so they don't rampage all over the village!
We are also busy harvesting sprout sticks, carrots, parsnips and riddling and bagging potatoes to sell in the farm shop. We try and leave our vegetables in the ground for as long as we can so they stay really fresh, which means we are out harvesting them on a regular basis during the winter, come rain or snow!
For the farm shop its the busiest time of year, after the summer. We have a lot to do - taking turkey, geese and ham orders (and nearer Christmas making sure everyone gets the size they ordered), making up all the hamper orders and also making up Christmas veg boxes. Along with the increased number of people shopping at this time of year, there seems to be a constant flow of things to do. We also sell hundreds of Christmas trees, which we get from a farm near Woodbridge, and we're always on hand, helping customers choose their tree, net it up and load it into the car for them.
We've been pretty lucky with the weather so far this winter - this time last year we had almost ground to a halt with all the snow - so it hasn't put off customers coming down (or staff for that matter!) - but hopefully we will get a bit of snow for Christmas day!