On the other side of the valley nearer to our house some of the newest arrivals were also enjoying the day, completely oblivious to the fact that they might soon have visitors in their fields.
Monday, 30 January 2017
We have just heard that after all the rushing about to provide the 'full and detailed Business Plan' for Mr Planning it has all been worthwhile and Holly Water Holidays is one step nearer to being a reality as we have been granted planning permission. I can't describe how excited I feel right now and also how many dozens of things are racing around my head as to what next to get started. In the meantime these were the views from where the huts will be on Saturday morning. It was a beautiful morning and I was having a little dream whilst checking the sheep. :)
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Mon 16thJanuary 2016
Well, after over a week with no phone, internet and mobile signal it was a huge relief to get it back on Wednesday evening. Unfortunately the relief was soon turned to disappointment when I found an email from Mr Planning waiting in my inbox to inform us that although our application ticked the boxes for the local and national policy and had received no objections from the local council etc he intends to recommend a refusal. After much to-ing and fro-ing in was decided that what he now wants is a full and detailed business plan to further justify our proposal. Deadline for this 17th January. Not being one to be put off easily we decided that a word with a friendly business consultant to help with how Mr Planning might like this presented would be good. After being pointed in the right direction and every spare moment being put to it (around sheep, TB testing the cattle and the first of this next batch of lambs arriving) the document was sent this evening to hopefully help persuade the powers that be. Also I am feeling the love and am very grateful to the friends and neighbours that have visisted the council website to post public comments in support of our application. We have now done all we can and continue to wait...
The cat seems to enjoy finding a sunny spot these frosty mornings! At least she is losing no sleep over it all. The tyres on top of the silage pit catch the sun very nicely thank you!
Mon 9th January 2017
New year, new experience and all that. Well, this is a new one to me. I want to share with you something of the future we are hoping to build. Firstly let me introduce ourselves. We are Iain and Jane Tapp. We live in beautiful Mid-Devon on a farm. The farm is mainly a dairy farm and belongs to Iain's family but we also have a little land of our own and our own flock of pedigree Dorset sheep as well as keeping some traditional breed piggies and a motley assortment of chickens. As well as the farm animals we have a small assortment of mucky and mildy mad dogs – and also an assortment of mad and mildly mucky children!!
So what is the dream we are hoping to build? We would like people to be able to spend time somewhere beautiful, having fantastic holidays, recharging their batteries away from the stresses and strains of everyday life and creating wonderful memories to last a lifetime.
Then how are we hoping to do this? We have the somewhere beautiful. Our sheep fields are like little havens in a mad and busy world. They slope down to the tinkling Hollywater stream which runs along the bottom. They are quite steep with stunning views of Devon countryside stretching across the valley. The sheep have favourite resting places below the mature oak trees and the flock is named after the abundant bluebells that transform one of the fields into a blue carpet in May. We would love to share this with people and have everything crossed that Mid-Devon council will agree with us and approve our application to put 2 gorgeous Shepherd huts in the field where we can then go on to make a wonderful, peaceful retreat for visitors to create those memories of time well spent. This is where they might (hopefully) sit.
The application is in and we have spent loads of time discussing all sorts of possibilities with various people we met when we went to the Glamping Show in September. My head is buzzing but we still need the 'go ahead' from the powers that be. On Friday we met Mr Planning ambling up the lane to the field in question as we were returning from the sheep rounds. He looked very smart in his suit carrying his clipboard and it was immediately obviously who this stranger must be. It was also immediately obvious that it would probably be for the best if our young, friendly and excitable sheepdog could be persuaded not to bound up and 'sign' him in her joy of meeting somebody new…! As it was I think we already looked somewhat bedraggled and felt a little at a disadvantage coming down the lane on the quad bike in waterproofs and wellies, covered in mud and carrying sacks of ewe and lamb feed and buckets. I was very grateful to Swift for not showing us up any further with her muddy paws. He did introduce himself but played his cards very close to his chest so we feel no better informed of his opinion. However, regular tracking of the application online has told us that there are no objection from other quarters so far and we have another 4 weeks of waiting before the date that we have been told we should hear the verdict.