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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Be Guided by the Bees – Natural Beekeeping At The Lint Mill

Well, our first beehive is in place in the kitchen orchard, or as Colin is preferring to call it, the kitchen apiary! I have had my Warré hive since last August but I knew that if I was to pursue my ideal of natural beekeeping I’d first have to learn about the bees from someone […]

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