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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All Wool and a Yard Wide

Ever since we bought our first Hebridean sheep from Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep, I have wanted to do something with their beautiful fleeces. We have since acquired Shetlands and Soays, so our range of fleece colour is lovely. In October, at the Scottish Smallholder and Grower Festival I met some wonderful women doing amazingly beautiful […]

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One cannot think well…

…love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. Virginia Woolf During all the years we lived in Glasgow, we bought a Kelly Bronze* turkey for our Christmas festivities from our local butcher and we were never disappointed with their wonderful gamey flavour. However, after living at The Lint Mill for a couple of […]

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Synchronicity

noun [mass noun] the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related Unrelated Event One Earlier this year, our good friends Hugh and Rhona gave me a book called ‘Meditation and the Art of Beekeeping’ by Mark Magill.  It is a lovely book that combines practical beekeeping information with the environmental and spiritual lessons we […]

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Harvest Festival

There’s something about late summer turning to autumn that fills me with a quiet excitement.  Maybe it’s because I’ve always worked in education that September is my new year and I feel anticipation like starting a new exercise book, the thrill of new pens and pencils in my pencil case! Today is ‘officially’ the first […]

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The Great Escape!

One of the predictable things about animals is that they are completely unpredictable! This is our third year raising Oxford Sandy and Black pigs and we were starting to think that we knew a thing or two about pig keeping.  We were all organized for the 4th August, the day we were to make our […]

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Caging our Berries

When we moved here, we brought two established blackcurrant bushes from Colin’s old allotment near Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens with us, and despite being moved location a number of times since their arrival to The Lint Mill, they have survived.  Sadly, their berries rarely do as the birds always manage to harvest before us…

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Where There’s Muck…

When we arrived at The Lint Mill in 2009 there was a muck-heap that had been created over years and years by the previous owners.  We always felt it was a little too close to the river but it was also the obvious place for it; a dry area near to the point of manure […]

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Big Sky Country

Something we didn’t expect to find when we moved to The Lint Mill was a little bit of  cowboy country on our doorstep. However, on a glorious summer’s day, sitting on our neighbour’s decking, barbecue sizzling, drink in hand, you could be forgiven for imagining you are on a ranch in Montana! Our neighbour, Doreen […]

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Bread Matters

Colin bakes all the bread at The Lint Mill for us and for our guests. Thankfully, it’s a long time since we suffered the pappy, white blandness of shop bought loaves crammed with industrial enzymes and ‘improvers’. About this time last year, I wrote a blog about Colin’s bread making; Home Baked Bread. Colin has […]

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Fresh veg from the Kitchen Garden

Our Local Harvest – Eat with the Seasons

We love food at The Lint Mill!  Our love of food was one of the motivating factors in moving to our smallholding.  When we lived in the city, Colin had a wonderfully productive half plot allotment near Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens but over time, we aspired to growing more than just vegetables. We have always eaten […]

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The Story of Our Kaleyard*

*A Scots word meaning Kitchen Garden When we first moved to The Lint Mill in October 2009, Colin left behind a beautiful half plot allotment at the Kelvinside Allotments near the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow.  Leaving it was one of only a few small regrets we had when making our ‘move to the country’.  On […]

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Pigs With Character

‘…pigs with character farmed by people with character will tend to produce pork with character,’ says Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall in The River Cottage Meat Book.  Our friends can be the judge of whether or not Colin and I have ‘character’ but our lovely Oxford Sandy and Black pigs had character in abundance. They left the […]

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Roger Taylor Dressage Clinic in May 2013

18th, 19th and 20th May 2013 A holiday for you and your horse… Are you considering a riding holiday in the UK?  Why not come to the beautiful countryside of Scotland’s Southern Uplands and improve your dressage in a picturesque and tranquil setting. 4 star Bed and Breakfast Stay in a luxurious 4 star B&B […]

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