Reflection and contemplation at the Autumn Equinox

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Posted on       Autumn Change Contemplation Darkness Equinox Meditation Mindfulness Nature Reflection Seasons Trees Wellbeing


The area where we live is rich in ancient woodlands and, at this time of year, it is a delight to witness our hillside change colours: the lush greens of Summer are now being replaced by the golden and rusty tones of Autumn. It is a beautiful scene that not only takes my breath away but also offers a wisdom to me.

This show of yellows, oranges and reds is an indication that trees are …

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A milestone in our smallholding life

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Posted on       Homegrown Lamb Livestock Low-Impact Meat Self-Sufficiency Smallholding


This week sees us reach an important milestone in our smallholding life, an event that we have seen coming and been preparing for for the last five months. On Monday, we took the concept of "homegrown" to a new level by taking two of our lambs to the abattoir.

It was very hard and, if I am honest with myself, I am not completely at peace with doing it. I feel conflicted as I wrestle with the …

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Autumn gatherings

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Posted on       Autumn Bounty Garden Gather Harvest Hedgerow Lambs Preserve Winter Wood


This time of year always reminds me of the Brambly Hedge stories by Jill Barklem that I used to read to our children when they were little. Particularly, Autumn Story with its evocative descriptions of harvest time and the beautiful illustrations of delightful mice gathering berries, seeds and roots to be stored away for Winter.

In that story, old Mrs Eyebright says: “Bad weather’s on its way, …

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The garden as my mentor

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Posted on       Garden Health Nurture Plants Self-Care Weeds


At this point in late Summer, the garden is looking full: still productive but with an untidy, crowded appearance. Plants, flowers and vegetables are now showing signs of having passed their best and beginning their decline towards decay. This is consistent with the time of year as the Autumn Equinox is only about three weeks away. However, there is something else that contributes to the unkempt …

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Open Afternoon at the shepherd's hut

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Posted on       Achievement Celebration Friends Party Recognition Shepherd's Hut Smallholding Summer


A couple of Sundays ago, we held an Open Shepherd's Hut afternoon with friends and neighbours, as a way to launch our new venture and to show what we have created. It was a lovely gathering, a real celebration of what we have achieved, almost a year to the day since we first set eyes on our shepherd's hut.

It was an almost sunny afternoon (given the cold and wet weather we've been having …

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