Strawberries in December

When I was a child, autumn half term was called ‘Blackberry Week’, or often by my Nana ‘Tattie Week’, harking back to Octobers when the hedgerows were full of brambles and the potato harvest was to be gathered in. One of my earliest memories of ‘foraging’ was when I was about six years old and […]

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Magnificent Mayur

Mayur is our splendid peacock. Mayur means peacock in Sanskrit. He is a magnificent specimen of an Indian Blue, a species originally of India and Sri Lanka. He has been displaying his magnificence for weeks now, fanning his shimmering tail and making his distinctive and haunting call to attract Lady Katherine, our peahen who is […]

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From POATer to Producer*

*on a micro-scale. One Sunday morning in June 2009, Colin and I sat in the oriel window of our lovely apartment in Glasgow’s West End enjoying a leisurely breakfast and reading The Observer. There was an article that attracted Colin’s attention called “All the bacon sandwiches and none of the hard work”, which extolled the […]

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The Hungry Gap

The sun has been making a welcome appearance in the last week or so and the land at The Lint Mill is gradually stirring into life. However, it may surprise you to know that the next two months are actually some of the least productive when it comes to growing organic vegetables. Welcome to the […]

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Our Golden Goats

Meet Eva and her twins Loki and Strega. They are the latest animals to join us at The Lint Mill and we’re so delighted to have them. The come from Avril Garrett’s beautiful Lisean Herd in Perthshire and they are on the Rare Breed Survival Trust’s ‘Watchlist’ of endangered and minority breeds. The first reference […]

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Bread and a Happy Heart

When we all know who it is in our locality who grows the grain, mills the flour and kneads the dough that becomes our daily bread, we will be better nourished – in every sense. Andrew Whitley, Bread Matters In May 2013, I bought Colin a gift voucher for his birthday to attend a Bread […]

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The Improved Essex Pig

Our first pair of British Saddlebacks have arrived! They are cute as cute ten week old weaners from Clash Farm Saddlebacks. We hope they will grow into delicious baconers. We came across the breed when we thought we would not be able to source our beloved OSBs (Oxford Sandy & Blacks) one year and thought […]

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Visiting the Erringtons (what talented neighbours we have)

The quality of the food we serve at The Lint Mill is very important to us. Eating is not simply ‘re-fuelling’. For us it is nourishment in the real sense of the word. We seek to nourish the mind and spirit as well as the body through the careful ethical choices we make. A very […]

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What’s Good for the Goose…

Those of you who have visited us at The Lint Mill will no doubt have experienced the noisy welcome from our honking geese! We have had a number of geese since moving to The Lint Mill. First there was the pair Basil and Sybil. Basil was quite a character and sadly met an untimely end […]

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The Rock Garden

Inspired by our friends at Wester Gladstone who have the most extraordinary and beautiful rock garden filled with alpines and species plants, we decided to create a rock garden of our own in a corner of our cottage garden. This particular corner has always been problematic, as apart from a spectacular peony, nothing much has […]

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A Winged Assassin

Last Saturday, whilst walking across our hilly paddock, I saw something I’d never seen before; a sand martin or swallow (there were both wheeling around against the blue sky, so I couldn’t be exactly sure which) was plucked out of the air by a large bird of prey. It was so fast and so sure […]

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Poulet de Bresse at The Lint Mill

by Colin Richardson-Webb If The Lint Mill was located in the region of Bresse in France then this new addition to our home-reared produce would come by its appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) name; Poulet de Bresse, however in Scotland these hens will be known simply as Bresse Gauloise. These birds are renowned for their superior […]

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A Milk Churn of Delphiniums

Ever since moving to The Lint Mill I have wanted a cutting patch of flowers. I remember when we first moved, there was barely a plant in the cottage garden. Now, as we are approaching our sixth summer, I know the cottage garden will bloom brilliantly again after all the work and planting we have […]

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Lonely Pig Paddock WLTM 4 fun loving OSBs

Four cute OSB weaners or similar to root up my grass and turn my newly fenced neatness into a muddy, piggy paradise! GSOH essential. Well, the newly fenced pig paddocks are all ready and our new pig ark is waiting but our four little Oxford Sandy and Black weaners that we are getting from Thornilea Cottage […]

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It’s Us and Fortnum & Mason*

This year, after two years of rearing Norfolk Bronze turkeys and with our increasing interest in heritage breeds and free-range, flavoursome meat, we have decided to rear Bourbon Red turkeys for Christmas. They are a breed that remains almost unchanged since its heyday in the 1940s and 50s.  The Bourbon Red originated in Kentucky in […]

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