One of its previous incarnations was as “The Drill Hall”, at some point it was the town cinema. When we came to live here it was, almost unbelievably, a supermarket, run by a wonderful gentleman, in his nineties, still manning the cash point and driving the van, preceding the “new” thing of supermarket home deliveries, […]
Perry pears can be used in many ways, other than just making perry. Casseroles, tagines, desserts and chutney, for example
Undervalued by many, including, over the last few years, us, but now we have appreciated it as a Prince of Plants. Maximise your harvest and produce as much jam as you can! No other fruit can match it!
Our permaculture style forest garden is a thing of beauty to us, and it works incredibly well, but I had doubts about how others see it. There is a surprising level of appreciation!
“The Huntsman” a prequel to “Snow White and The Huntsman” is being filmed in part in the Elan Valley.
Goosanders nest in holes in old trees, then lead their chicks to water. We had first hand experience of this!
The Elan Valley was chosen by the city of Birmingham as the site of a succession of dams and reservoirs to provide the city with desperately needed clean water at the end of the 19th century. Not only did they create a masterpiece of Victorian engineering they turned an area of beautiful farmland into something […]
It appears that the Elan Valley Trust are struggling to decide what to do about the bridges that provide and have provided access into Elan Village. There are two by the entrance to the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. The one in use is a Bailey bridge built when the original suspension bridge became frail. The […]
Spotted flycatchers, redstarts and wagtails enjoy our garden.
I referred in a recent post, headed “Countryfile”, to “Our garden, which is a rather odd garden worked on, occasionally, by a rather odd gardener.” That reference reflected the way in which I had begun to think of the garden. The central section had, ambitiously, been planned as a forest garden. It is a fairly […]