Rabbits

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Just a quick post here about the rabbits. Our Californian/New Zealand cross Doe threw 8 babies and now it is time to sex them as they have been weaned and now it is the appropriate time to separate the boys and girls. There were 5 boys in total and 3 girls. Here is a quick picture of one of the little girls she was very soft!

Katy x

My first talk and presentation October 2015!

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I was very excited to plan and deliver my first ever talk about smallholding to a local village AGM last October. I briefly managed to upload some photographs then but only now getting round to doing a write up of it – time always seems to fly by. There was about 30-40 people listening in the local village hall.  Even though I love talking (those who know me are fully aware of this!) and get up and teach a room of children everyday I was getting rather nervous in the run up to speaking in front of a room of adults!

I had a table of all my goodies, published articles and smallholding oddities as well as a simple PowerPoint. I began explaining why I did smallholding, the successes and failures and also what livestock/types of things I did. This of course included some funny stories about Mr Podge the cat getting into trouble; broody, scary hens and escapee bantams.

Between the stories and photographs I served some different canapés for people to try during the talk. I had two beautiful assistants to hand these out (my dad and partner).

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The canapés were as follows:

-Nettle pesto served on cheesy crackers topped with Nasturtium flowers

-Rosehip Jelly served on chestnut gluten free crackers with mature cheddar cheese

-Marmalade with Quince served on oatcakes with Hazelnuts

-Blanched Nettle and goats cheese puff pastry tart

-Very alcoholic Blackberry wine spritzed with lemonade with floating blackberries

-Hot herbal teas (Nettle or Mint)

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I thoroughly enjoyed this evening and preparing this talk and would love the opportunity to do similar events in the future – Thankyou for having me!

Katy, The Good Life In Practice xx

 

 

Locally sourced food!

I am lucky enough to live in a county that has lots of locally sourced produce not only available at farmers markets but in local shops too. my local shop being the Co-op. I often source local food that I cannot produce myself here – including local honey and flour.

I have been baking a lot recently and swear by locally milled Marriages flour from the Co-op! I use all the different varieties for cakes, pancakes, cookies and of course bread baking. I particularly like the fact that I was able to talk to local supplier Marriages at the Suffolk Show this year to discuss their flour types and going round the Co-op stand discovering more about their local produce.

Below is a quick picture of some of the fab produce I have recently be experimenting with from: http://www.eastofengland.coop/home Keep an eye on their twitter account too – often exciting compeitions for local produce!

 

 

Book Review : The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan

A great blog post here from Karrie! : )

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The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan will be released on 2nd April 2015.

With our allotment being quite small, I always plan carefully what we grow in our limited space.  It’s surprising what you can grow in such a small area.   I’ve been thinking though… wouldn’t it be great to have some fresh salad leaves for our sandwiches, or strawberries that I can just pop into the garden and pick? I’ve also had the idea to grow some veg in pots in our little front garden.

When this fab book came though the post, it was just what I needed.  Tons of inspiration for growing in containers – how cool is it that you can create a meal from one pot?!  It’s great to try something new with the fruit and veg you grow.  The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan published by Frances Lincon Publishers, is packed full of creative…

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