Well Travelled

Monday morning –

& time for the weekly Welsh lesson; the last one for 2007!  Thus it was quite festive; with Mike the sculptor having brought in mince pies, & tutor Albie offering chocolates all round.  We did some extracurricular work, as well: with fun stuff about Christmas & New Year (including how to say someone’s legless, in Welsh – roll on New Year!).    

Aftr the lesson I was in an uncharacteristic hurry to get away; as this afternoon we had to deliver our goatskins to Hereford if they are to be tanned in time for Christmas.  Tony had also been out this morning; although for the less pleasant prospect of updating the vaccinations he requires for his job as an airline pilot.  Unfortunately today’s quota included a meningitis booster, for which he will doubtless suffer, tomorrow.

We packed the skins into the car & having checked that the remaining menagerie were all comfortable & well-fed we set out on the three-hour drive to Hereford, on a beautifully sunny & tranquil afternoon.  Our route took us across the Brecon Beacons & we enjoyed the stunning scenery, winding our way through river valleys & up over the mountains, a real feast for the eyes at any time of the year. 

On arrival at Nicki Port’s superb organic tannery we offloaded the skins where they were assessed & tagged, & chatted to Nicki about her enterprise & how she came to be there (a fascinating story in itself).  In fact we have a common interest – the British Toggenburg goat: she started smallholding with the breed & it was having to cull her excess male kids, & wanting to use the skins, that started her in tanning.  Subsequently she was particularly delighted to have our skins to work on; as they were effectively taking her back to her ‘roots’. 

After departing we decided to make a brief diversion into Brecon, to visit the highly-recommended Llanfaes Dairy Ice Cream Parlour, famous throughout Wales.  We paused for coffee & ice cream & admired not only the stunning premises but also the superb way in which their ice cream – from the napoli pans, to the tubs, to the cakes, are presented: truly professional & again, a real feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds.

Another brief diversion took us on an excursion to a local DIY store to buy wood & perspex so we can construct an emergency replacement for the Long Barn window which blew out in the gales, the other day;  & then it was time to wend our way homewards again, arriving back at the Ffarm at around 7pm – just in time to catch ‘The Archers’ with a quick cuppa before going out to finish the chores & bed the animals down for the night.  So, another busy day – but we’re really looking forward to seeing the skins once they’re finished – & they’ll certainly be well-travelled goats by the time they return! 

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About LittleFfarm Dairy

The LittleFfarm Dairy Team: Jo - Goat farmer & Gelatiere Artigianale, plus General Dogsbody; Tony - Airline Pilot & part-time Herd Manager, Product Taster, Accounts Secretary, Handyman etc!
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