LADS farm study 2018

Wine tasting at the BASF Wine Shop, Ludwigshafen.

I’ve just come back from a few days away on a Farmer Study Tour to Mannheim, Germany, with the Liverpool Agricultural Discussion Society (LADS). Lets get the well deserved credits at the top of the page: Antony Ollerton (LADS), Colin Mountford-Smith (BASF) and Cornthwaites (John Deere) for organising the event and BASF for putting in… Continue reading LADS farm study 2018

Harvest Wreath Success!

First prize at the Hesketh Bank Village Show for my ‘Harvest Circle’ creation. I’ve never done any flower arranging before but I couldn’t miss out on the chance to include logs, pumpkins and wreaths so very pleased with coming first! Slices of our home grown Silver Birch made up  the base with a simple squash… Continue reading Harvest Wreath Success!

Painting Baby Pumpkins

I don’t suppose many people will actually need a tutorial in how to paint a pumpkin for Halloween but it might be of interest to see the finish achieved using Annie Sloan Chalk paint. The little pumpkins are available from our pumpkin farm shop www.BigPumpkins.co.uk I selected the Annie Sloan ‘Graphite’ chalk paint as I wanted… Continue reading Painting Baby Pumpkins

Rustic Chopping & Serving Boards

Cheese boards, chopping boards and serving boards made to order

The past few days have taken place in a large cloud of sawdust as we try and catch up on a few bespoke orders for BIG chunky chopping boards. Thick milled planks are cut to best make use of their individual natural grain patterns. All boards are marked out by hand and consequently no two boards… Continue reading Rustic Chopping & Serving Boards

Sourdough Course

Having already completed the Artisan Foodworks ‘Basic Breadmaking’ course at some time ago, the ‘Mastering Sourdough’ course was a natural follow on. David and Julie were again the perfect hosts and the gang of eager students were a good bunch. My haul of my own handcrafted sourdough bread made on the day was impressive: For… Continue reading Sourdough Course