Hampton Newsletter May 2014

Hampton in the Spring

FRIDAY JUNE 6th is our next beef collection day and Bridget and I really look forward to seeing everyone who is coming for tea, coffee, a glass of red, cake, biscuits, a sausage taster and oh yes, to pick up your beef, venison, pies, sausages and beefburgers. And at the moment we have plenty of everything to order.

10 kg beef bags with the usual wide range of mince, joints, steak and stewing, bespoke cuts for that special occasion ranging from eye wateringly fine rib joints to the more mundane but equally delicious slow cooking brisket joints, and anything in between. Lots of Hampton Herbie Sausages and Hampton Beef Bangers and of course our 100% beefburgers, are waiting to be ordered and we have a good supply of venison, especially those magnificent haunches.

Hampton Special Beef Pies are available in individual and family sizes and come packed with meat, herbs and gravy inspired by our latest fine red wine.

Please send over your order now, to avoid missing out, and put the 6th June in your diary.

Other important diary dates for Hampton events are;

Sunday 18th May, The Ride in the Park, cycling and scootering along the safe drives with the garden open and tea at Myrtles Courtyard. www.hamptonestate.co.uk

Tuesday 20th May,  Concert by The Vivaldi Singers at Myrtles Courtyard in aid of Woodlarks Campsite, Camping for the Disabled. www.woodlarks.org.uk tickets from melanie@feibusch.co.uk

Saturday 21st June, Summer evening concert at Myrtles Courtyard in aid of Friends of St Lawrence Church, Seale, tickets from jcbartleyseale@aol.com

Thursday 26th June Hampton garden open 2pm – 5pm.

We are also hosting the annual Woodland Woggle fun run on Sunday 11th May and Great Strides endurance walk for Cystic Fibrosis on Saturday 17th May. Both events eminently Googlable for more details and means that Myrtles Courtyard will see lots of action in the coming two months.

All the cows and their calves are enjoying good lush grass in the park and we have only four cows left to calve. We have also identified and bought a new bull who is two years old, of fine pedigree and called ‘General’. He takes up residence on 1st June.

Our new venture into a fodder crop called Lucerne seems promising and it is growing well. We hope to cut, bale and wrap it next week weather permitting. It’s extremely fast growing and we will aim for a further two to three cuts over the course of the summer (as opposed to grass silage where we would allow for one cut) and this will give us extremely palatable and nutritious winter feed to complement our hay.

Our hops are growing well at Puttenham, and on that subject we are delighted to be giving the Hogs Back Brewery a help with their hop garden project at Tongham. They are planting a new 2 acre hop garden opposite the brewery and in due course we will harvest and dry their hops for them. We already do this for Laverstoke Park Farms who bring their hops from Hampshire at the end of our own hop harvest which we process and dry.

Please put your order in for whatever cuts of beef, cuts of venison, special steak pies, sausages and beefburgers your fridge or freezer requires and roll on a sunny, warm Friday 6th June.

Very best wishes

Bill and Bridget

PS Our next beef collection day will be on FRIDAY 4th JULY when the garden will again be open.

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