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Birmingham Dogs Home, Farm Shop

Published: Friday, May 18, 2012

Birmingham Dogs Home
For your interest and delight I offer you the following excerpt from The Field Magazine (the Country Gentleman’s Magazine September 10th 1892.)  I did think to give a précis of the article (I know you have a short attention span) but I think it is worth reading in its entirety.

If you look up the Birmingham Dogs’ Home website you will see a photograph of the original building – the Birmingham Home for Lost and Starving Dogs.The original intention of the home seems to have been to get neglected dogs off the street in order to bump them off humanely.  At that time rabies (hydrophobia) was a problem and the only treatment available was a series of injections at the Pasteur Institute in Paris (the gayest city in Europe according to the article).

Burns Farm Shop
We’ve recently opened a farm shop in Kidwelly at our small-holding called Parc y Bocs.

Initially we had an honesty box (subsequently renamed Dishonesty Box on account of the extent of the thieving).  Our free range eggs are a roaring success.  The vegetables from Penlan Farm are coming to the end of their season so we are desperate to get this year’s crop going.  The early potatoes have had a bit of a check from frost and rabbits have got in and cleaned out the carrot seedlings which will need to be replanted.  The rabbit fencing will have to be upgraded first.  Who’d be a farmer?

And finally...
I see a publicity photograph for French Connection shows a glamorous model standing in a garden alongside a few grazing chickens.  Where Burns leads - others follow!

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