Category Archives: Travel

Blackberry or IPod?

In days gone by a blackberry was a hedgerow fruit & IPod, was what I did with peas & beans: No longer, it would seem, as technology holds us increasingly in its thrall.  Well, some of us, that is; to me … Continue reading

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Food, Glorious Food….?

As has been mentioned increasingly in the news of late, there’s a growing concern about the real possibility of a world food shortage.  Apart from noticing that the monthly grocery bill has starkly increased, the cost of feed for the animals … Continue reading

Posted in April 2008, Buddhism, Diary, Farming, Food, Fruit & Veg, Life, News, Religion, Smallholding, Travel | Leave a comment

Sleeping with the Enemy

“Aaah, that was the best night’s sleep I’ve had in days…..” Tony sighed as he basked beneath the toast-warm duvet in a long, luxurious stretch.  It was his usual enforced getting-up time: 0930am; & I’d just brought him up a … Continue reading

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Looking Up

Deep, dark, sacred night sky: scattered with soft-shimmering stars. I take a deep breath; gaze wonderingly upwards, how beautiful, how magical, how very timeless, ageless, it is.  It’s been a better day. Zuskie thankfully appears to be on the mend … Continue reading

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Flying High

Exhiliration is not normally a word I’d use to describe three o’clock in the morning. Yet, today, despite my befuddled brain being shocked awake by the alarm, that’s exactly how it felt.  Having finished the University course, we feel we’ve come such … Continue reading

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Cupid’s Testing Time

I found myself nervously chewing at the end of the already flea-bitten pencil. Checking & re-checking the previous evening’s homework, & doing some ‘prep’ for the day’s impending exams, I found my anxiety levels rapidly rocketing: an already sleepless night compounding … Continue reading

Posted in Dairy, Diary, February 2008, Food, Fruit & Veg, Ice Cream, Life, Travel | 2 Comments

A Long Way From Home

Gor Blimey, it’s been a hard day. And with unhappy snippets of news from the construction of the Dairy Complex starting to filter through, we really do feel a bit helpless – & rather a long way from home…… It seems that … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Business, Dairy, Diary, February 2008, Food, Ice Cream, Life, Poultry, Smallholding, Travel, Yogurt | Leave a comment

Of Course….

Day Two in the Big Bologna House, & the coursemates are learning…… ……this morning, all about Old Italian Crema Gelato; the laws surrounding food production; the pasteurization of different bases; classical chemical stresses on gelato & how to control them; … Continue reading

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Factory Farmers

A clear, cold morning was revealed as the sun rose brightly above haze-obscured Bologna. Over a leisurely breakfast of fruit, yogurt & cheeses we debated whether to attend the tour of Carpigiani’s factory or drive to our favourite vineyard, Castello di Brolio, a … Continue reading

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Style (ish)

“I‘m so glad you persuaded me that we should drive to Gatwick last night”, I mused with a contentedly relaxed sigh as I reluctantly pulled back the warm hotel duvet & chanced the chilly bathroom to fill the tiny kettle for … Continue reading

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