A Happy Place

Many years ago, when I first began teaching, my best friend Jill and I would relax by painting. The early days of teaching seemed particularly stressful, so Jill would set up a still life arrangement and we would spend a few hours together painting what was before us. I remember how the hours would pass […]

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Our Pure Organic Goat’s Milk Soap

We are really delighted to be making our own Organic Goat’s Milk Soap. It is made from fresh, raw, organic goats’ milk from our two lovely Golden Guernsey Goats, Eva and Strega who Colin hand milks every morning. We are lucky to have a neighbour Niki who is a soap maker (she used to trade […]

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There must be something more…

We have worked for two years to become a certified organic smallholding with the Soil Association. Long before embarking on this process we employed organic principles on our land, before that a no pesticide and no chemical fertiliser approach to our city centre allotment and before that buying organic food whenever we could. It’s always […]

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Small is Beautiful

The initial instinct that propelled us to move to the country was, like many others who take up smallholding, and as clichéd as it sounds, a search for the ‘good life’. As time has gone on (nearly a decade) we have become much clearer and more politicised about what we are doing here. We know […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Organic* Smallholding

“For anyone considering a smallholding or simply for anyone who is interested in animals, food and the countryside, this course hits the spot!” Niki, course participant from Cheshire. Colin and Deborah moved from Glasgow to The Lint Mill in 2009 in search of a life that offered more simplicity, self-sufficiency and a deeper connection to the […]

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Some Things Are Meant To Be

Over the summer I reconnected with a former student, Penny after over 20 years! Penny is the creative mind behind Parentshaped – the outdoor loving, multi-award winning uk family life and travel blog and it’s proved an interesting time to find each other again as she and her family made their own move to the […]

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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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