Location: Solley's Ice Cream Farm
Date: 19th July 2023
Blog Written by: Gini (Walk Leader)
We had been expecting a hot sunny day at Solleys Farm, but instead there were warm showers amongst the sun coming out periodically.
So we began the walk under the shelter of the barn. We listened to an informative presentation by the Managing Director / Owner and learnt loads about their complex production and distribution of ice cream.
After a quick tour of the machinery, we ventured on to see the local church St Mary the Virgin in Ripple village, and discovered that the kissing gate had been consumed by the bark of a very tall and large Ash tree.
We explored some of the arable fields which used to home Channel Island cattle, but now grow peas, maize and barley. We passed the airstrip and small plane hangar, combine harvester, bar and campsite. And stopped at a wild meadow area, to see which wildflowers grew, as well as count the butterflies for #bigbutterflycount for @savebutterflies.
There were many small whites and a few red Admirals. And many flying insects, bugs and bees.
We listened to the local birdsong of wren, collared dives, blackbirds, redstart and a kestrel.
We waved to the children enjoying a tractor ride around the farm as they drove past.
And finished the walk with a well deserved ice cream cone from the cafe.
Very impressed with the flavours of vegan as well as dairy ice cream.
Thanks to all at the farm for such a lovely visit, and hope to come back again soon.
📸 Image credit -Gini Founder