Category Archives: Family

Pastures New

These are words I hoped I would not write: not for many, many years at least.  Our lovely little Lady Diddie, is no longer with us. After having survived her night in the Veterinary Hospital with negligible but at least some improvement she … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Diary, Family, Farming, Goats, July 2010, Life, Livestock, MindBodySpirit, Smallholding | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Assault & Battery Course

It’s Mothers’ Day: & I truly feel like the Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe – what to do, with all these darn kids…?!   They’re driving me mad.  There are thirty-eight of the little horrors causing havoc in the Dairy … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Art, Culture, Diary, Family, Farming, Goats, Humour, Life, Livestock, March 2009, Smallholding | Leave a comment


St David’s Day to all of you who (rightly) celebrate all that is great about this wonderful Welsh nation; but especially, a Very Happy Wedding Anniversary to my wonderful husband, as today we celebrate glorious years of marriage together.   Here … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Dairy, Diary, Family, Farming, Goats, Ice Cream, Life, Livestock, March 2009, Nature, Smallholding, Wales | 5 Comments

Difficult Day: A Study in (mostly) Black & White

It was the unearthly halflight which caused me to stir from an uneasy slumber. Anxious after my restless night, I was exhausted through lack of sleep, coupled with the concern that coping alone with these inclement conditions might prove a challenge … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Anything Goes, Aviation, Dairy, Diary, Drama, Environment, Equine, Family, Farming, February 2009, Food, Goats, Life, Livestock, Local Area, Locality, Media Archive, MindBodySpirit, Nature, News, Sheep, Smallholding, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

The Icing on the (Mountainous) Cake

Today was my wonderful husband’s ’21st’ birthday (again!!); thanks to all for their warm greetings in wishing him a Very Happy Birthday (or ‘Penblywydd Hapus’, in Welsh). He was absent for much of the day, flying;  whilst I tackled the annual income tax returns … Continue reading

Posted in Diary, Family, January 2009, Life | 4 Comments

At the Turning of the Year

….The clock struck midnight. But are they the promising peals of a peaceful & prosperous 2009, or the clanging chimes of Credit Crunch-filled doom….?  Only time will tell – & all we can do, is not play into the hands of Fate … Continue reading

Posted in Diary, Family, January 2009, Life, Nature, Smallholding | 1 Comment

Homeward Bound

The watery winter sun rose to reveal an inhospitable morning. The air was still thick with frost; every branch & bough burdened with the weight of many thousands of hoary white ice crystals.  After a luxurious lie-in we joined the … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, December 2008, Diary, Family, Food, Goats, Life, Nature | 6 Comments

Time Out

Today saw one of those very rare occasions for me: a night, spent away from the Ffarm.  We were doing a ‘whistle stop’ tour; first calling in to see a friend in Cardiff & then travelling all the way to … Continue reading

Posted in Cheese, Cooking, Dairy, December 2008, Diary, Entertainment, Family, Food, Life, Local Produce | Leave a comment

Boxed In? Time Out….

Boxing Day is traditionally a welcome, extended ‘holiday’….. but not for the majority of families’ chief cook-&-bottle-washer (AKA wife), with yet another day of marathon meal preparation ahead….so, my solution?  Well; time to get out & about – & blow away some of … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Cooking, December 2008, Diary, Family, Food, Life, Local Area, Local Produce, Recipes, Wild Food/Foraging | 3 Comments

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas….

….but only just; when Tony arrived home from Heathrow after a particularly gruelling few days of simulator training with his Airline.  Having travelled there by train he opted to return on the coach; partially owing to the astronomically spiralling cost … Continue reading

Posted in Dairy, Diary, Family, Food, Ice Cream, January 2009, Life | 2 Comments