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The Twelve days of Tapnell

3 hundred cows (just a little over) 
Our beautiful Holstein Cows enjoying the Tapnell view. 

Our beautiful Holstein Cows enjoying the Tapnell view. 

We love our cows and here are just a few reasons why we think they are magnificent animals. 

1.       Cows are red and green colour blind. So when a bull fighter waves a red flag the bull does not see the colour, he just charges at the silly man waving a flag.

2.       Cows have almost a total 360-degree vision! So no sneaking up on a cow!

3.       Cows can detect odors up to 6 miles away!

4.       Cows are social animals (like you and me) and they naturally form large herds. There are some cows that they like and hang out with, and there are others they stay clear of.

5.       A cow chews at least 50 times per minute

6.       The average cow stands up and sits down 14 times a day. How often do you?

7.       Cows only have teeth on the bottom of their mouth.

8.       Cows do not bite grass, they curl their tongues around it and pull.

9.       There are 350 udder squirts in a gallon of milk.

10.   The most expensive cow that was sold was called ‘Missy’ and reached $1.2 Million for being so perfect.

11.   Cattle have about 22,000 genes, and 80 percent of their genes are shared with humans!

12.   Cows do not sleep standing up, and only sleep for about 4 hours a day. 

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The Twelve days of Tapnell...

2 Solar Fields... 

Tapnell Farm and east Afton Farm is powered by 2 large solar fields, as well as a solar barn. 

This year we created 400,000 kWh 

Solar Energy is measured in kilowatt-hour. 1 kilowatt = 1000 watts. 1 kilowatt-hour (kWh) = the amount of electricity required to burn a 100 watt light bulb for 10 hours.

About 30% of our total energy consumption is used to heat water.
 

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The Twelve Days of Tapnell..

1 AD (Anerobic Digestion) Plant... 

Tapnell Farm together with Isle of Wight Grain and other farmers have built an Anerobic Digestion Plant. The AD plant produces gas to grid energy using waste produce from Tapnell Farm and other island businesses. Anaerobic digestion is widely used as a source of renewable energy. The process produces a biogas, consisting of methane, carbon dioxide and traces of other ‘contaminant’ gases. This biogas can be used directly as fuel, in combined heat and power gas engines or upgraded to natural gas-quality biomethane. The nutrient-rich digestate also produced can be used as fertilizer. 

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R is for Resist...

The Cookie Monster and Sir Ian Mckellan have put together a little video for Sesame Street this week discussing the importance of resisting temptation (i.e cookings, sweets, cakes...everything amazing that we eat this time of year) Its a great video, have a look...

However if you are like me, and Resistance is certainly not in your vocabulary when it comes to biscuits (ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR) why not head over to several of our finest Island Deli's and Farm Shops to stock up on Island made biscuits and cookies - they also make great stocking fillers, great for your own little cookie monsters!

All together now... NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM!

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Have a hooting tooting good time this Christmas!

40 minutes of pure unadulterated owl cuteness! What more could you wish for?

Some of you may have come across the social networking platform called HootSuite, we use them to help manage our campaigns (tweets and facebook posts) and its a great way of keeping on track. Each year they release a little Christmas video message... Meet the Hootsuite owl who loves a good crackling fire!

We love Owls at Tapnell Farm and we are proud to say that a year or so back we successfully re-introduced barn owls to the farm and when you come to visit us you will be able to spot several owl nesting boxes and hopefully an owl or two...

 

 

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Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, Ring-ting-tingling too. Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you..

Time to make your own sleigh and scout out the perfect sledding location in anticipation for a White Christmas!
Photo by ermingut/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by ermingut/iStock / Getty Images

The best place to go sledding in the West Wight has to be upon Tennyson Downs! There are slopes of many gradients to suit all levels of braveness!

If you don't own a sled then why not have a go at making your own!

Fun for all the family...now we just need the snow.

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Eyes on the Pies....

What's your fave mince pie recipe? Do you have any traditional recipes that have been passed down through your generations? Pass them on! @TapnellFarm

Earlier in the year delicious Magazine came to stay at Tapnell Farm - and they shared with us their camp fire cooking secrets and recipes.

This Christmas the clever cookies at delicious have created a list of wonderful mince pie recipes for you to try - Traditional or non traditional, try them all! nom nom nom

 

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It was the night before Christmas...

 What is your Christmas Eve Tradition?

Mine usually involves one of these

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And a cosy pub with a fire place (usually The Sun Inn). Throw in a gaggle of amazing friends, old and new - and you have a wonderful Christmas Eve!

We would love to hear about your traditions tweet them @TapnellFarm #wightchristmaseve

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Frosted window panes, candles gleaming inside.

Idyllic Christmas Villages and Winter Walks - You can have your very own Holiday Escape this winter on the Isle of Wight, just like Cameron Diaz and Jude Law in The Holiday!

1) Visit Winkle Street, Calbourne. Everything about this place is cute! even the name...

2) The Sun Inn at Hulverstone - Complete with cosy fire place. How romantic!

3) St Agnes Church Freshwater Bay

4) The Dairyman's Cottage, Tapnell Farm.




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Hang a shining star up on the highest bough!

Whether you're a traditional decorator or the king/queen of Neon Christmas is a great time to show off your creative skills! (Who doesnt love a little seasonal peacocking!)

When I was little (and even now when I get some time) I enjoyed walking aorund the town with my family after dinner and looking at all of the houses brightly decorated in all their finery (the tackier the better) and it was a lovely touch that most of them put on a show in order to raise money for charity at Christmas. You can take a tour of the best christmas houses on the Isle of Wight this Christmas, complete with mince pies and mulled wine.

If you like things a little more low key (and low energy) perhaps ypu have taken to tastefully decorating your door?

When I lived in London I loved walking the streets and seeing all of the beautifully painted front doors with wreaths, especially the homemade wreaths.

Babble has some great inspiration for seasonal door decoration - If you have not already why not show off your own front porch. It's the first thing you see when you come home and it is a lovely way to greet guests this time of year!

Here's my simple little front door - I love it! We would love to see pictures of your festive doors! tweet them to #xmasdoor @TapnellFarm



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All aboard!

Magical Christmas train rides, mince pies, and the cure for a hangover!

If you are on the Island over the next few weeks you will have the opportunity to whitness the magic of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway (Especially those of you who religiously watch 'the Railway Children' like me every Christmas!)

For a full list of seasonal events click here they even have an event on New years day - claiming to cure any hangovers!



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The Grinch comes to the Isle of Wight this weekend!

Christmas costumes, parades, grotto's and Grinch! Ventnor gets a Whoville makeover this Saturday.
Ventnor is one of my favorite places to visit on the Island in the summer - but as I have said before, it is great in the winter too. Those clever creative people of Ventnor have done it again.. I can't wait to see whats happning this weekend in VENTNORVILLE! (which it should be renamed for ever more!)     For more info click  here

Ventnor is one of my favorite places to visit on the Island in the summer - but as I have said before, it is great in the winter too. Those clever creative people of Ventnor have done it again.. I can't wait to see whats happning this weekend in VENTNORVILLE! (which it should be renamed for ever more!)

 

For more info click here