Category Archives: History

A Star Is Born

Not a goat kid; not a lamb. Literally, a star – the Lovespoon Star. Tony decided that during his enforced absences on Flying Training with his new employer, that I’ve been through such a tough time recently I needed something to cheer me … Continue reading

Posted in Anything Goes, Archaeology, Astronomy, Culture, Diary, History, Life, March 2009, MindBodySpirit, Nature | 4 Comments

The Food of Love…..

To all the hopeless Romantics out there – here’s wishing you a very happy St Valentine’s Day; & if you haven’t already found the Love of your Life, may today grant you your heart’s desire.  And if you’re looking to … Continue reading

Posted in Anything Goes, Culture, Diary, February 2009, Food, Heritage, History, Life, Locality, Recipes | 1 Comment

Around our Ffarm: the Long Barn

Especially at the request of Kristeva from Howling Duck Ranch – & rather apologetically because I don’t have anything particularly exciting to write about, today – here are some pictures of the Long Barn, where we’d originally intended to set up our … Continue reading

Posted in Dairy, Diary, Farming, History, Life, Locality, October 2008, Smallholding | 17 Comments

Fifty Years for the Sole Inhabitant

You may or may not be aware…. But today is maestro Thomas Dolby’s magnificent Fiftieth Birthday. For those of you who aren’t aware, he’s one of the most pioneering popular music artists of this & the last century, penning unusual … Continue reading

Posted in Diary, Entertainment, History, Life, October 2008, Science, Technology | Tagged | Leave a comment

‘Fowl’ Weather = Chicken Soup

Well now, here’s a thing: Words I Never Thought I’d Hear Tony Utter!  And they were….? Well, the script reads thus:  star of the show Tony, forty-something (ahem!) male, gives a masculine-yet-feverish grunt; grudgingly stirring himself awake to accept the lovingly-proffered steaming mug … Continue reading

Posted in August 2008, Cooking, Diary, Food, History, Life, Poultry, Recipes | Leave a comment

Calan Awst

Today is the ancient celebration of Calan Awst, as it is known in Wales; or Lughnassadh (Lammas) as it is more traditionally known throughout the Celtic World.  It marked the beginning of the harvest season & the ripening of the … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, August 2008, Diary, History, Life, MindBodySpirit, Nature, Religion, Smallholding | Leave a comment

A Saintly Burns Night

Today (or should I say, this evening) is Burns Night, when Scots all over the world will have been celebrating the annual Burns Supper, a tradition commemorating their best-loved bard which has been upheld for over 200 years.  And when Burns immortalised … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Diary, Entertainment, Food, History, Ice Cream, January 2008, Life | Leave a comment

That Sinking Feeling

The day dawned, beautifully bright & refreshingly frosty; although not as cold as it had been, the previous morning.  After the priority job of breaking the ice on all the water troughs, I busied myself with collecting kindling from the fallen … Continue reading

Posted in December 2007, Diary, History, Life, Locality | Leave a comment

When the Bough Breaks

Ooh blimey, I staggered home after that wonderful birthday meal in the early hours of the morning, refreshed by the bitter wind & brightness of the starry sky & tumbled into bed in a confusion of cats & duvet, disappointed … Continue reading

Posted in December 2007, Diary, Farming, History, Life, Livestock, Locality, Nature, Religion, Smallholding | Leave a comment


I overslept this morning, having eventually dragged myself to bed at around 0130am, as I’d been carrying out a deep-clean & sanitisation of all my cheesemaking & ice-cream equipment.  I did this, in preparation not only for more fresh batches & because … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Blogroll, Cheese, Dairy, Diary, Farming, Food, History, Ice Cream, Livestock, Locality, MindBodySpirit, November 2007, Recipes, Smallholding | 1 Comment