Category Archives: Locality


With the snow now a chilly memory behind us, I’ve been asked for some more photos cataloguing the feat of endurance I went through, managing the ffarm alone for the best part of a month (I was effectively stranded here from 19th … Continue reading

Posted in Anything Goes, Diary, January 2010, Life, Locality, Media Archive, Photography, Smallholding, Writing | 2 Comments


With the rising of the sun dawns a feeling of fresh hope.  The cold, clear morning light revealed a sharp air frost had decorated the trees in the valley with a delicate cloak of pearlescent white, giving the slender limbs … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Diary, Farming, Goats, January 2010, Life, Livestock, Locality, Nature, Sheep, Smallholding | 2 Comments

Hot Stuff

   Whilst for those of us stuck here in changeable old Blighty the prospect of a Mediterranean Food Festival might seem slightly bizarre at this time of year,  at the National Botanical Garden of Wales it would be unthinkable to … Continue reading

Posted in April 2009, Culture, Diary, Festivals, Food, Life, Local Area, Locality, Markets, Nature, Wales | 5 Comments

Goodbye to the ‘Bad Lads’

Phew! A smidgeon of peace, at last.  This evening I delivered the boys to their new home – from now on they’ll be working for fellow goatkeeper-&-breeder Lorraine, who is the Director of the highly-successful fudge, smoothie, chocolate & cheese … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Dairy, Diary, Farming, Food, Goats, Life, Livestock, Local Area, Local Produce, Locality, March 2009, MindBodySpirit, Nature, Smallholding, Wales | 6 Comments

Special Delivery

The day dawned fine, sunny & hot – what a treat. I loaded the travelling freezer with today’s delivery after completing the morning chores & set off to trundle the region’s roads, silently regretting the chenille sweater I had donned … Continue reading

Posted in Cheese, Cooking, Dairy, Diary, Emporia, Food, Fruit & Veg, Ice Cream, Life, Livestock, Local Produce, Locality, March 2009, Organic Produce, Restaurants, Sheep, Smallholding, Wales | 7 Comments

Life & Death: a Step-by-Step Guide for Smallholders

Another whirlwind, another rollercoaster of a day. It certainly has been busy. Six of the goats decided to have their kids, today; starting with Rally at 6am & concluding with Aggie, late-afternoon.  Meanwhile we also started lambing, with Jelly giving … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Anything Goes, Diary, Farming, Goats, Life, Livestock, Locality, March 2009, MindBodySpirit, Nature, Sheep, Smallholding | 11 Comments

St David’s Day Feast

For those who fancied some FREE gelato – we did a Celebration Tasting Session at the Spar Shop in Newcastle Emlyn today (28th February) between 1400 – 1730 hrs.   We showcased the wicked Dragonfire (sultry, smoky-hot dark chocolate with Mexican chillies) & … Continue reading

Posted in Dairy, Diary, February 2009, Food, Ice Cream, Life, Local Produce, Locality, Wales | 11 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

And on the Eleventh Day…..

I saw that the drive was clear of snow, clear of ice: and it was good – bloody good.  Yea verily. It’s the tenth day since the snows came & froze my movements, here on the ffarm; but finally, finally, I can spread … Continue reading

Posted in Diary, Environment, February 2009, Life, Locality, Nature, Smallholding | Leave a comment


By vehicle, we still cannot leave the Ffarm. However, on foot…?  There’s a chance.  Brynn & I are still alone in this snowscape.  We need some fresh air. So the two of us trudge through the snowdrifts, up the drive; … Continue reading

Posted in Diary, Environment, February 2009, Life, Locality, Nature | Leave a comment