Category Archives: Nature

Sock-o-lat

  Eurgh.  What a dreadful night’s sleep…or should I grumpily intone, lack of it?  After a night of snoring cats; cats-stealing-duvet; cats-yacking-up-furballs; cats-needing-letting-out-for-a-pee; goats coughing; goats squabbling; goats having a scratch against the sonorous, cavernous echoing expanse of the feed … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Anything Goes, Buddhism, Diary, Farming, Humour, Life, March 2010, Nature, Smallholding | 3 Comments

Shepherd’s Warning

As dawn broke this morning it revealed a very different sunrise to that of the previous day.  Before I’d even hauled my sleepy self from under the duvet & pile of snoozing cats I could tell that this day would be different; … Continue reading

Posted in Diary, Goats, January 2010, Life, Livestock, Nature, Smallholding | 3 Comments

Resolution

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

Stormy Weather….

   ….typically; now my Love & I, are not together…. Tony’s been away flying whilst I’ve been coping with the wild, wild wind & the bitter, driving rain.  It seems there’s no respite; if it’s not blowing a gale it’s pouring … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Diary, Life, Nature, November 2009 | Leave a comment

Ben Hur-Hur-Hur

Someone ‘upstairs’ is having a laugh – at our expense. First & foremost for us as farmers, the weather: we STILL haven’t even come close to harvesting our desperately-needed hay crop (well not quite so desperate any more since we started … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Dairy, Diary, Environment, Farming, Goats, Ice Cream, Life, Livestock, Nature, September 2009, Smallholding | 3 Comments

Swings & Roundabouts

My goodness, how time flies…. already halfway through May!  It’s been typically busy: punctuated with crafting gelato, Farmers’ Markets, & deliveries etc; not to mention the usual farm work.  The girls have largely settled down to the routine in the … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Diary, Farming, Goats, Humour, Life, Livestock, May 2009, Nature, Smallholding | Leave a comment

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

Gentleman Jim

  Entertaining is – undeniably – always a pleasure; regardless of the degree of behind-the-scenes scurrying owing to my own frantically-disorganised part.  And when it turns out to be during the wonderful bonus of an unexpectedly balmy Spring day, even better.   “Hi Jim, it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Anything Goes, April 2009, Cooking, Diary, Entertainment, Food, Goats, Ice Cream, Life, Local Area, Local Produce, Memorable Meals, Nature, Smallholding | Leave a comment

Busy Bees

 Life is sweet – especially when you know that soon you’ll be contributing to the local bee population’s survival.  But more of that, later in this post…. Unlike the bees so far this year, we’ve had another busy week.  After catching … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Anything Goes, April 2009, Dairy, Diary, Environment, Farming, Goats, Ice Cream, Life, Livestock, Local Area, Nature, Smallholding, Wales | 5 Comments

More Fool Us….?

“Welcome Home, Master…!” Hooray!  Tony’s back home – at long last. He’s been away on a long training course, hence the reason I’ve spent the last eleven weeks coping ‘solo’ here on the Ffarm.  Looking at what I’ve been through; what … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, April 2009, Diary, Food, Goats, Life, Local Area, Local Produce, Nature, Restaurants, Smallholding, Wales | 4 Comments