Category Archives: Smallholding

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

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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

Chariots of Ice

So, here it is at last – our new freezer vehicle!  It’s not the one we’d originally intended to buy but is actually significantly better (& cost about £9k more – ouch).  Whilst not brand new it’s only had one … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, April 2009, Dairy, Diary, Farming, Food, Goats, Ice Cream, Life, Livestock, Smallholding, Wales | 2 Comments

Musical Goats

This has been another typically rushed-off-our feet week: with a big trade show at Newtown in mid Wales, & a humungous delivery to one of our favourite customers – Llanwrtyd Wells’  effervescent Info Centre, appropriately dubbed ‘In the Pink’ owing … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, April 2009, Dairy, Diary, Emporia, Entertainment, Farming, Goats, Life, Livestock, Local Area, Music, Smallholding, Wales | Leave a comment

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

Such Sweet Sorrow….

When Shakespeare penned this evocative farewell, whispered words of love from Juliet to Romeo that “parting is such sweet sorrow” I’m sure he never imagined that, centuries later, his words would still echo with sentiment & longing in the modern ear. … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, April 2009, Diary, Equine, Smallholding | 1 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

Festive Season

Well, it might not seem so, for most readers; as I suspect many equate the ‘Festive Season’ with the deep midwinter celebrations of Christmas & New Year, those brave attempts to lift us out of the dreary doldrums of dark days & stormy, … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, April 2009, Blogroll, Business, Diary, Festivals, Food, Goats, Ice Cream, Life, Local Area, Restaurants, Smallholding, Wales | Leave a comment

Going Potty

Blimey, another busy day.  Following yesterday’s pasteurisation the mix was left to mature overnight; allowing the ingredients to mingle & create a more subtle, sophisticated & stable gelato than one literally made ‘in the raw’.  Granted, if we had our … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, April 2009, Business, Dairy, Diary, Goats, Ice Cream, Smallholding | 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