Category Archives: Homebrewing

A soggy week

It has been a soggy week in Devon and the house smells of Horlicks. Big Dreamer has been brewing a new batch of beer. The malty aroma has saturated every corner of every room. At the park Finch is enthralled … Continue reading

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Rocket box

If you sat quietly in our living room you could be forgiven for thinking that we’ve got a fairly serious plumbing issue. From all corners of the room comes a steady chorus of dripping, punctuated with the odd bubble. There’s … Continue reading

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Home-made cleaning products

Last summer I had a grand plan to make my own homemade cleaning products. I’d read a few books and some articles on the internet. People waxed lyrical about how much better it is for the environment, your health, and … Continue reading

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Expecting

Are you all still there? Did you survive the storm? Apart from it being a bit blustery here yesterday we knew nothing of it. We listened to the radio in awe as reports came in from the south of double … Continue reading

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Christmas Cards

This morning we went elderberry picking for another one of Big Dreamer’s home-brewing projects. The hawthorn bushes up the lane are already a lovely yellow and full of red berries. The air was damp and mild. It felt very autumnal. … Continue reading

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A lack of blackberries

This weekend was warm and bright with a lovely crispness to the air that reminds us autumn is here. A maple in the fields turned deep red almost over night and many of the trees round about are starting to … Continue reading

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Fruit leather

Shearing finished on the farm yesterday. I don’t envy them that job in this heat. This morning the cattle were in the shed at 5am for their vaccinations so as to be done in the cooler part of the day. … Continue reading

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A First Book of Nature

Here are some pictures from a beautiful book Little Owl was given for her birthday called A First Book of Nature. I thought you might enjoy seeing it if you haven’t already. It’s by Nicola Davies, who was a Really … Continue reading

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Bonfire Night

Here are some burning sparks from our bonfire on saturday. After last year’s unfolding disaster with the cinder toffee I didn’t bother with it this year (read about it here, here, and here). I did return to Delia Smith’s Parkin recipe … Continue reading

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Could it be?

Six swallows, two butterflies, one bumblebee, a line full of washing, sun in the sky, and a glass of homemade nettle beer…could it be? Surely not! Could this be summer?!

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