Wednesday, 28 August 2019

No Thunderstorm....?

No dodging thunderstorms this evening, a lovely clearing sky as I mucked out and filled hay nets.


I may finally have cracked the code to mysterious world of Sourdough, the latest loaf is just about right, definitely the best yet!

Tuesday, 27 August 2019


In between downpours I dashed outside to fill hay nets and muck out the horses. Nicely timed to catch the evening sky.


The Longhorns are not overly impressed with the thunderstorm this evening....

Shady roost

Another hot day here, some of the hens had the right idea and decided to roost in the shade of the Granny Smith apple tree.  Not as daft as they look......

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Production Line....!

None stop in the kitchen today, finishing washing the dishes after yesterday's celebrations cleared the decks for bread making, butter making and finally the next batch of yogurt started.... In-between times, animals, dog walking, feed buying and egg collecting..... Where's the whisky?

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Sunday Morning

A busy morning in the Holly Cottage kitchen.  Hilary is preparing for a family "do" tomorrow, the children's Great Aunt is 100!! And I am baking the latest batch of sourdough bread.  In the corner the boys are relaxing in the sunshine, Harry on his roof terrace solarium and well, Jack is just a basket case......

Thursday, 15 August 2019


It lovely to have a small group of Longhorn cows and their calves in the field next the Cottage for a few weeks, such a change from our neighbour's beautiful Pedigree Ayrshires.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

New Neighbours

We have new neighbours at the Cottage, beautiful Longhorn Cattle. Completely different to the equally beautiful Ayrshire dairy cattle normally in the field. (I may have to steal one of the calves tonight!)

Sunday, 11 August 2019


We have lost another Muscovy Duck overnight, the second this year. Judging by the pile of feathers and the scent she was another victim of our local fox community.  I wish the huggers would accept that foxes are ruthless predators and not fluffy, cuddly things to be encouraged at any cost. It is heartbreaking to find yet another dead bird.  We are now reduced to three layers.....

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Common Centuary

Common Centuary.  Relieved and excited to find this on the banks above our Burn this morning, I was beginning to think we'd have none this year.  Of all the wild flowers we have here, Centuary is the the one I most look forward to seeing every year since I first found it four or five years ago.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Wholemeal Seeded

In addition to the poultry's success at the North Pennines Smallholders Show last night, my Seeded Wholemeal Loaf came second in the bread section!!


Delighted that our Muscovy Duck eggs won first place and our Cream Legbar's second place at the North Pennines Smallholders Produce Show and barbecue last night. Well done girls....!!

(I didn't tell them till this morning, they would have been too excited to sleep last night...!!)