This weekend my husband and I went to the wedding of one of his old school friends. The wedding was in deepest, darkest Devon, so down we drove, and saw them get married in a lovely old church in West Down. The reception was a mile or so up the road, at the bride’s parents’ farm. This was a working farm which had undergone significant tidying to be wedding-ready, and also had five holiday cottages and a fishing lake.
The first thing we walked past as we arrived were four Gloucester Old Spot piglets, which of course I stopped to play with (smart shoes be damned, there’s not much cuter than a spotty piglet). The best man fed them some carrot (he was on the healthy snacks for some reason), then pretended to feed them the marriage certificate, which nearly ended disastrously!
Certificate salvaged, we walked down past the stream to the lake, where a table of Pimm’s welcomed us. As I looked around, it was obvious this was a fishing lake, as neat little rides through the bankside vegetation had been cut at regular intervals. It was also obvious that this was a home for wildlife, as I counted at least five species of bee on the wildflowers and watched the swallows diving to the surface of the lake.
We moved into the marquee for dinner, and enjoyed a delicious local hog-roast, some very nice speeches and a wonderful evening. Later on, my husband and I went to sit by the lake, and watched the pipistrelles catching bugs above the water. In spite of the farm being tidied, and looking immaculate for the wedding, wildlife was everywhere if you looked for it. And if you looked a little deeper, the evidence of the effort put into maintaining the habitat was easy to see too. When we left the farm, it was with a clear sense of a beautiful occasion and a great night with friends made even better by the stunning, lovingly-cared-for surroundings.
Little Comfort Farm – beautiful farm with lovely holiday cottages – www.littlecomfortfarm.co.uk