My first talk and presentation October 2015!


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).


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)


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




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