Monthly Archives: February 2012

Making cheese

  Look! We made cheese! Actual, real cheese! We were given a wonderful kit from Urban Cheesecraft for our birthdays and tried it out this week. The kit comes with instructions, a thermometer, rennet, salt, and citric acid. I especially … Continue reading

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Oyster catchers

Walking down to the river yesterday I heard a familiar pee-ee-ep and then over our heads flew a flock of black and white, orange-tipped, arrows. These are the Oyster catchers who come to our valley to mate and raise young before returning to … Continue reading

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Pancake Day

Here is Big Dreamer flipping pancakes. We had to save our pancake day celebrations for Friday as this week has been jam-packed. I know that pretty much undermines the whole point of pancake day: the idea of intentionally pausing to … Continue reading

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A dream come true

For a long time as a child, when asked the question, “what would you like to be when you grow up?” I answered that I wanted to be one of those people who read out the birthday cards on children’s … Continue reading

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Folded clothes

There have been smiling faces on the farm because there has been a persistent drizzle all day and the ground really needs it. This evening I have been folding clothes by the fire. This is one of my favourite jobs … Continue reading

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Lambing

The first spring lambs have started arriving, heralding the busiest time of year on the farm. Last year our next door neighbour, who is one of the shepherds here, completely lost a day. She didn’t turn up for work. The … Continue reading

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New things

I have added a new range of books, cards and badges to my shop. In a similar vein to my sheep book these feature UK bee species. The range was inspired and designed for Big Dreamer’s mum who has become … Continue reading

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Things that don’t work out

The world of illustration is a funny one in that sometimes things just don’t work out. The illustrator does lots of work but the project just doesn’t quite come together and the illustrations are never seen. Here is an example … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Big Dreamer is normally quite a subtle man but not on St Valentine’s Day and I received a highly suggestive card this morning. At heart he is mischievous so although he wants to be romantic he can’t quite bring himself … Continue reading

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Agate Hunting

This weekend we all headed down to London to stay with some very special friends of ours. The temptation with London is to dash around madly trying to see all the things going on. There was a children’s festival, an … Continue reading

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