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An ‘In-Betweeny’ Tribute

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Posted in Anything Goes, Aviation, Dairy, Drama, February 2009, Food, Ice Cream, Life, MindBodySpirit, Smallholding, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Difficult Day: A Study in (mostly) Black & White

It was the unearthly halflight which caused me to stir from an uneasy slumber. Anxious after my restless night, I was exhausted through lack of sleep, coupled with the concern that coping alone with these inclement conditions might prove a challenge … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Anything Goes, Aviation, Dairy, Diary, Drama, Environment, Equine, Family, Farming, February 2009, Food, Goats, Life, Livestock, Local Area, Locality, Media Archive, MindBodySpirit, Nature, News, Sheep, Smallholding, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

The Holly & the Ivy….

We’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, & a peaceful & prosperous New Year: Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! As ever, I was up early (“with the rising of the sun; & the running of the deer…”) … Continue reading

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing…..?!

Scratching away with my Internet quill one dark Winter’s eve, I was disturbed by the trill of the telephone bell….  “Hello, can I help you?” “Ah now, Jo, isn’t it…?”  A voice enquired with a sonorously warm Welsh emphasis to … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day.  At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month I stand with head bowed, silent, remembering those friends – & members of our family – we have lost to the callous grip of conflicts past & … Continue reading

Posted in Diary, Heritage, Life, Military, November 2008, Uncategorized | 4 Comments


You may or may not be aware….. but this is National Sausage Week.  Now this fine food is all-too-oft dismissed as ‘humble’; but I prefer to use the word ‘versatile’.  In terms of your standard porky product, it’s a highly … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, Diary, Food, Life, Local Produce, November 2008, Smallholding, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Torture Chamber

The door to the Dairy swung ominously open. “You shouldn’t be allowed to work in here”, a voice growled. Tony & I looked up in surprise, huddled like a couple of witches around our ‘cauldron’ – the old batch pasteuriser.  I was … Continue reading

Posted in Dairy, Diary, Food, Ice Cream, Life, October 2008, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Mrs Mussolini’s Demise

That’s not the person; but the hen.  A few years ago we supplemented our modest flock of aged but excellent Black Rocks with a smattering of other breeds: hybrid Blue Belles; Leghorns, & Light Sussex birds.  I must say that … Continue reading

Posted in Diary, Life, October 2008, Poultry, Smallholding, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Bleedin’ Awful!

It really has been one of those days. Stinging rain has been soaking the valley yet again; to the point that we’re weary of wet clothes & damp spirits.  We grumped our way through the chores, especially as the goats weren’t … Continue reading

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You’ll Find a Welcome in the Hillsides…..

You’ll find a welcome here, in Wales…….to BRYNN!! …..So a very big “Thank You”, to all of you who’ve voted – the name ‘Brynn’ proved far & away, the absolute favourite.  And admittedly, we wholeheartedly agree; & had sincerely hoped that endearing name, … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Diary, Life, October 2008, Smallholding, Uncategorized | 3 Comments