Yesterday was officially the first day of spring.
Today the sun’s out again and thoughts turn to frolicking in fields and lambs gamboling in green pastures…
No, I’m not hallucinating.
Just last week the boys and I headed down to Freightliners Farm here in Islington to watch the lambs and other animals at play.
Hardened city Babes might be surprised to learn there are several city farms around town where you can escape with your little ones to experience a bit of country life.
Freightliners was founded on wasteland behind Kings Cross and the animals were originally kept in disused railway vans (hence the farm’s name). It’s now home to rabbits, ducks, geese, chickens, rare breed pigs and one gloriously feathered golden partridge who struts around his pen like he owns the joint.
Kids can get up close and personal with the Dexter cows Olivia and Matilda, as well as feed the goats and sheep. And you can rest assured the farm is strict on hygiene. There are signs everywhere and taps set up outside to wash your hands.
Freightliners hosts numerous events throughout the year including a busy Saturday market selling crafts, clothes and cakes. The farm also runs workshops for school groups and regular playgroups for under fives.
Local mums and dads often pop into the farm for lunch as the cafe serves up delicious vegetarian fare at a reasonable cost. At our last visit, Ezra tucked into beans on chunky wholemeal toast while Jed lapped up a (diluted) portion of my heartwarming butternut squash and ginger soup.
Freightliners Farm is open every day except Mondays and Bank Holidays. Check the web site for details on events and activities.