Fiona & Brian Brumby
Silly Moos is a family run campsite on the TT course in the beautiful Isle of Man on our dairy farm.
“Every spring here at Ballakillingan Farm we convert from milking and calving cows all winter to a campsite for the summer. Silly Moos our tourism business leaps into action again having been dormant all winter. The first job is a major Spring Clean of all the buildings and concrete, this involves hours of pressure washing, scrubbing, and painting to remove every trace of the bovines who have done their best to cover every square foot of the buildings with organic manure all winter!
Out go the cattle, gates, and dairy paraphernalia and in comes the table tennis table, flower troughs and all the mod cons that todays campers demand. We hook up broadband in the barn – thankfully the cows aren’t into facebook and twitter so they will still be concentrating on milk production!
Next comes the camping field which is silaged before the TT practise week begins. Depending how the dates fall, the pressure can be on if the weather is difficult in May. Off comes the grass and in come the fire extinguishers, stand pipe taps, pitch flags, dirty water tanks, and solar lighting. All the fencing has to be double checked so that no campers end up in the Sulby river!
Next all the paperwork needs to be in order. The cattle passports and movement book are replaced by the camping bookings diary, guest information, campsite maps, and campsite rules. Cattle halters are packed away, whilst wristbands for campers are now the priority. Instead of ordering feed and fertiliser it’s TT catering supplies, toilet rolls, and cleaning materials!
Every hazard on the farm is fenced off, barricaded behind round bales, or removed out of the reach of campers. You can never have too many signs, as each sign saves you answering the same questions… finally we’re ready to change our herd and look after campers instead of cows, looking forward to a busy season of families, events and bikes.”
Fancy a night under canvas listening to the curlews? We look forward to welcoming you to Silly Moos Campsite!