Boxers Diary – Life on the farm observed by Boxer the Shire horse

Spring on the Farm


Hi It’s been a while since I have had the chance to stop for five minutes to bring you up to date. Easter has been super busy on the farm with lots of wonderful visitors, not just from all over Devon but from all over the country. Our car park was so full on Monday Read More…

This story appeared on April 7, 2015


Special Friends on the Farm


Hi We have just enjoyed a fabulous, sunny weekend on the farm. At Pennywell we have tens of thousands of visitors every year. Many are visiting Pennywell for the first time so I am always meeting new people and making new friends. One of the nicest things about living at Pennywell for such a long Read More…

This story appeared on March 23, 2015

Donkey, Shrek and Fiona!


Hi These are the latest additions to the Pennywell family and I must say, they are the cutest little things I have seen in quite a while. They are Toggenburg goats, named after the region in Switzerland that they originally come from. It is the oldest registered breed of goat in the world and possibly Read More…

This story appeared on March 9, 2015


Two Little and Two Not So Little Piglets

Four piglets

Hello, my name is Boxer and I am one of two Shire Horses living at Pennywell Farm near Buckfastleigh. I like to keep a diary to update everyone on what’s happening with me and my best friend Fusilier at home on the farm. We have more than 200 friendly farm animals at Pennywell and dozens Read More…

This story appeared on February 16, 2015


Looking Forward to February


Hi It seems to have been a very long January here at Pennywell. It’s so quiet at this time of year without the visitors to chat to me but the Murray family and the maintenance team have all been looking after me. Work doesn’t stop here when the farm is closed. Peter has been looking Read More…

This story appeared on January 26, 2015


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Luke Tillen with Pennywell's Chris Murray and Boxer the Shire Horse

Hard to believe that another year has passed at Pennywell. Where does the time go? It has been a really amazing year. The farm was buzzing with visitors from February Half Term right through until the end of October Half Term. The Christmas Nativity plays have been wonderful and ending the season hearing the wonderful Read More…

This story appeared on December 23, 2014


Some very unusual visitors

low res peacock dreams photography (5)

To round off the 2015 season, we had some very unusual visitors to the farm. I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I heard that we had a raccoon and some meerkats visiting for the day but I must admit that meeting them was an absolute pleasure. Mica, the raccoon was just twelve weeks Read More…

This story appeared on November 14, 2014


A Great Finish to the Season


Hi It’s getting close to the time of year when I have to say goodbye to everyone for a month as the farm closes to begin the preparations for Christmas. It’s a strange time as we go from being very busy on the farm to it being just the Pennywell team and the animals. Once Read More…

This story appeared on October 29, 2014

A Thought Provoking Day


Hi At Pennywell we have lots of schools that visit us in the autumn and one of them wanted to learn how us Shire Horses were used during WW1. The children were learning about WW1 because it is the centenary year and they learnt all about farming during that time. The children were able have Read More…

This story appeared on October 7, 2014


Celebrations at Pennywell

Hen Party

Hi We have hosted plenty of special occasions of the farm; weddings, birthday parties,  Christenings, in fact all manner of celebrations. This weekend however was a first as far as I can recall as we had a hen party at Pennywell. Tilly, the bride to be had a fantastic time and all the animals enjoyed Read More…

This story appeared on September 15, 2014