Spring is in the air and unfortunately the hormones are rising in the amphibian world. Fantasy Farm is located in a very quiet part of France far away from the madding crowd, however, despite there being very few neighbours, I am sad to see that there are quite a few dead toads on the little […]

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  European Roe Deer live in the forests around us in the Pays de la Loire, France. We are very lucky to be in  an extremely rural location with our property adjoining the beautiful Forêt de Bercé where seeing them is a daily pleasure as they wander around searching for fresh grass to eat. Their […]

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Mr Fox plays a very visible role in the Toby’s Tails children’s books series. This beautiful animal is a mixed blessing to have around. On the one hand he is a lovely wild creature who we love to see, and yet on the other, in his search for food he is a smallholders nightmare, being […]

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Probably the most easily recognised and most favourite wild bird is the robin. His chirp is easily recognisable and because of his love of being around us, he has, over the years gained status in our folk-law, in that many people believe that when a robin is near it is the soul of a dearly […]

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  The other day we were out for a drive when mum pulled over and said “Look, there’s a baby hedgehog!” Sure enough, there was a hedgehog rooting through the leaves looking for food. Hedgehogs eat frogs, insects, worms, snails, mice, and grubs. Hedgehog is a strange name. Have you ever wondered why it is […]

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Butterflies are beautiful you know. I am watching them from just outside the front door, which Mum and Dad have thoughtfully put a shady porch on so I can sunbathe safely. Nearby is a gigantic bush with long purple flowers on it, it is called a buddleia, and it attracts lots of butterflies. Today it […]

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As I walk around the lakes this morning with my Mum, my attention is drawn to a very noisy frog which is sitting on a stone. “Good morning Mr. Frog,” I say, but it just ignores me. Then, suddenly, its tongue darts out and it catches a little fly, and quick as a flash it […]

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Today, walking around the lovely lakes nearby in the sunshine, Toby was happily sniffing around when something bright red caught my eye. There on a piece of reed was a bright red dragonfly.                                 I had never seen a red […]

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Les livres pour enfants Toby et Compagnie – Ca bouge toujours! et Toby et Compagnie – Le Mystere du Poulailler sont maintenant disponibles en français, traduit par Emilie Baudrez. Toby et Compagnie – Ca bouge toujours! Ça bouge toujours poursuit les aventures de Toby le Border Collie dans la Ferme Fantastique, la petite ferme où […]

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These two boys are Connor and Mason, our grandsons, and this Easter they got a very special present. Their own book! You see – these two very special boys are two of the characters in the latest Toby’s Tails book, Toby’s Tails – Easter at Fantasy Farm. Look how happy they are!           […]

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