We have lived at The Lint Mill since October 1st 2009.  We have been learning to live sustainably, to learn from our land and to listen to the wisdom that sits in this place, our home, our landscape.

 

Stories and Survival

It’s at this time of year that I start to wander round the cottage garden looking for signs of which border perennials have survived the winter. I dust off my shaky Latin and begin my little memory game of intoning the botanical plant names, ‘Lysimachia, Filipendula, Alchemilla Mollis, Aconitum, Cephalaria Gigantium, Digitalis’, and so on. Every […]

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Meet the Goats

We keep three breeds of goat at The Lint Mill but only two of the breeds are milked to make our soap. The Bagots are a very rare breed that we keep to contribute to its survival. The prefix (family breeding name) for the goats we breed is Medwyn (after the river that boundaries our […]

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Watching the Grass Grow

I have become a bit of a soil geek and I have been doing a lot of watching grass grow! Do you know that in the places where the thatch is dense, the soil keeps its temperature and the grass continues to grow, even in our Scottish winter! But why is this interesting you might […]

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Learn @ The Lint Mill

If you have visited our website recently, the eagle eyed among you will have spotted a new item on our menu. Labelled ‘Learn‘, it’s a drop down menu that is designed to enable you to see at a glance all the opportunities we offer to enable you to come and learn something new in the […]

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The Lint Mill Newsletter

A snowy Lint Mill began 2022, as we published our first monthly newsletter. We hoped it would be a great way to share our lives at The Lint Mill with our followers more regularly. Each month The Lint Mill Newsletter contains the following enticing content: The most interesting news of the month (it’s often tricky […]

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Going To Ground

I wrote this entry just after the clocks had just gone back and we were well into the shortening days of autumn. It offers a useful context for the entries I am currently working on following my time at Racy Ghyll Farm. Late October 2021 The mood on the smallholding changes at this time of […]

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Big Babies

Earlier this year we bought Herbert the Herdwick tup from our friends in Lockerbie who breed lovely Herdwick sheep. We planned for Herbert to be what is known as a ‘terminal sire’. In other words, his progeny would not be used for breeding themselves, so he represents the end of the breeding line. We wanted […]

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Our Billy Goat (not so) Gruff

Our Bagot keeping adventure is 3 years old today! On 18 August 2018 we went to the rare breed sale at Lanark. We were just going to ‘look’, to see what they had for sale and to meet other breeders and rare breed enthusiasts. We enjoyed looking round and chatting with people we tend only […]

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Foraging in a time of Coronavirus

This year has been dominated by Covid-19 for all of us. I’m fairly sure that I never imagined writing a blog in the middle of a global pandemic. Now, after months of uncertainty, it seems we are facing a winter of continued disquiet. One thing however, has felt certain for me; that it has never […]

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Survival Lessons

Nine years ago, almost to the day, I spent dawn until dusk outside in the land at The Lint Mill undertaking a ‘solo’, a practice I had learned as part of my work with an organisation called Natural Change. This time alone, outside of my usual routine, yielded some insights that have returned to me […]

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