Category Archives: Smallholding

Stop Press: United Kingdom Great Taste Awards 2010

 Of all the UK’s food award schemes, the GREAT TASTE AWARDS is considered by far the most important. Completely independent and uncompromisingly rigorous, it is trusted by retailers, buyers and consumers alike. GREAT TASTE is to speciality food and drink … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Anything Goes, Business, Dairy, Diary, Farming, Food, Gelato, Goats, Ice Cream, July 2010, Life, Smallholding | 10 Comments

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

Caring Intensively

Bad news: & it’s regarding the extraordinary little goat we wrote about in the recent post “All Caprines Great & Small“. We’ve suffered a fast-&-furious outbreak of the deadly Coccidiosis, here; & tragically our lovely little Diddie has been one of … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Anything Goes, Diary, Farming, Goats, July 2010, Life, Livestock, Sheep, Smallholding | 1 Comment

All Caprines Great and Small

 Many people express surprise that in spite of the fact that we have so many goats here, the majority of which are British Toggenburgs and are similar in appearance – being chocolate-coloured with white points – that we know each and … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Diary, Farming, Goats, Life, Livestock, May 2010, Smallholding | 10 Comments

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

Capture

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

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

Tomato ‘Catchup’

  Oh my goodness, doesn’t time fly when you’re rushed right off your feet…?!  Apologies for our lack of posts over the Summer; but things have been soooo busy here, phew!  Subsequently I promise I WILL post up some brief … Continue reading

Posted in Anything Goes, Dairy, Diary, Food, Life, September 2009, Smallholding | 9 Comments

Bobkitten

  We’ve recently taken to hiring a Bobcat to clean out the Dairy Complex pens.  Prior to that, it was taking an average of five days – working almost constantly- to clean out the deep-littered beds every six weeks; which when … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Diary, Farming, Goats, Life, Livestock, September 2009, Smallholding | 4 Comments