Monthly Archives: September 2008

Stormy….

….but not necessarily in meterological terms, although we do have our moments: Tony’s been trying to sort out his contract with his employer, (ironically) Storm Aviation; but there have been the inevitable & understandable, circumstantial & multi-national delays-beyond-their-control with paperwork, visas etc….so … Continue reading

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Hay There!

At last. As sun set in a kaleidescope of blazing colour over the valley this evening, we were exhaustedly thankful that both the big barn & the north end of the Dairy Complex had been bolstered with bale after bale of … Continue reading

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The Big Four-Oh….ouch!

Today is a Very Special Day: my bestest friend Michelle’s fortieth birthday.  She’s the youngest of us ‘Fab Four’ – me, Tony & her husband Neil – to go through this ‘life-begins-at’ initiation; although I gather she enjoyed a fantastic … Continue reading

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Captain’s Log

“Hmmm…..Winter’s definitely on its’ way.” Tony anxiously scanned the sun-bathed hillside, basking beneath the fragile blue of a crisply clear autumnal sky.  Every day now, the hues of woodland green are ever-increasingly gilded with subtle hints of burnished bronze, copper … Continue reading

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A ‘Whelkcome’ Supper

This evening we enjoyed the benefits of our foraging expedition on Tresaith Beach from a couple of days ago….. ….in the form of a delicious risotto.  But it wasn’t as easy as it might seem!  After collecting the shellfish we … Continue reading

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Guided Tour

Today I thought I’d take you on a tour of our new Dairy Complex, as a few people have asked me to post some photos of it.  So here we go….  ***Please note this post is currently short of photos … Continue reading

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Dairy Eventfulness

Buzzing socialites that we are, today was a chance for another off-the-Ffarm adventure: this time, our first visit to the annual Dairy Event which is held at the Royal Showground, Stoneleigh in Warwickshire. The day began extremely early with pre-dawn … Continue reading

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Winkle Pickers

No, this is nothing to do with the piercingly-sharp 1950’s footwear;   ……but more to do with their shellfishy namesake, a wee whelk with a spiral shell which is widely distrubuted around the British coastline, commonly found among the rocks … Continue reading

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Apples

Echoes….               ….of happier times. Like an aged apple, today I feel truly rotten; for here marks the tragic second anniversary of the death of my wonderful sister, Melissa.  Unfailingly loved by all who knew her, this … Continue reading

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Migration

As Autumn’s chill creeps quiet, clammy fingers through the misty valley, the remaining swallows are clearly growing restless.  Yesterday evening we watched as they wheeled & soared beneath the slate-grey clouds, furiously sweeping the skies for insects to fuel their bodies in preparation … Continue reading

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