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Helen Beatrix Potter – mother of today’s conservationists

How many of you grew up with at least an awareness of Beatrix Potter’s much-loved, animal characters? Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and Mrs Tiggywinkle were my childhood favourites, and no doubt inspired many with a love of nature.   538 more words

More Handspun Crochet

I’ve been busy conquering my ‘to-crochet’ list. I made another lace shawl for my mother. She had asked for a shawl to coordinate with this hat I made her for Christmas using Teddy Cozy Toez yarn. 481 more words

Jude's view

We have a guest photographer on the blog today – Jude. He took some gorgeous photos of the smallholding and animals at the weekend so here is a little slice of our life from the camera lens of Jude. 103 more words


Kentish Salami? Oh yes....

Last week Becca & I visited Kentdown Artisan Meats to have a look at their cured meats range. I’d visited previously when we started getting lamb and pork meat from them, but I’d seen the charcuterie hanging up and thought they’d make a great addition to our range. 454 more words

Other Foods

Highlights Part 5: The Suffolk Punch Trust

Last summer we visited the Suffolk Punch Trust at Hollesley.  Richard had been in touch with his cousin who had enquired about Suffolk Punch horses and wondered if we could go and find some.   606 more words

Rural Diary


Pictures from last year’s lambing:

Spinners love the fleeces from my sheep: 15 more words

Lesley Wickham

Throws, Sheepskins etc.

Every sheepskin is different. Some have long and dramatic fleece, some short, soft and cosy, and in all sorts of natural colours.

We are just awaiting the latest batch to come back from Herefordshire-based organic tannery we are pleased to support. 44 more words

Lesley Wickham