Our new nature watch camera at The Secret Acre includes a timelapse facility that we have been playing around with.
Best so far has been a summer’s day in the paddock, watching
the horses and their visitors come and go. Eighteen hours from dawn to dusk compressed into just 9 mins of film. Continue reading →
Posted in Good Life, Paddock, Wildlife |
Tagged birds, Cam Peak, Emma Alesworth, green roof, horses, Milton Keynes, Paddock, Paul Rainger, photography, prog rock, Smallholding, Steve Hackett, The Secret Acre, timelapse, trail camera, webcam, wildlife |
Ever since we got the ride on mower, I have secretly coveted a toy, sorry important farming accessory, to tow behind it!
It turned out there is a
whole catalogue of possibilities, none of which I could really justify the expense of to Emma. Continue reading →
Posted in Garden, Greenhouse, Paddock |
Tagged Alys Fowler, cucumber, elephant garlic, Emma Alesworth, garden roller, garlic, Greenhouse, grow your own, hard neck, horses, Lautree Wight, Marco, Monty Don, Paddock, Paul Rainger, RHS, ride on mower, Smallholding, soft neck, The Secret Acre, veg growing, veg patch |
We live in troubled times.
Human hubris, stressing animals and environmental systems beyond breaking point,
is to blame.
And while a period of self-isolation might be the ideal opportunity to
learn more and get started on your own biodynamic organic home veg patch, people are also looking for calm in the storm. Continue reading →
It may be the Chinese year of the Rat, but 2020 kicked off at The Secret Acre with a distinctly horse’y theme.
Before Christmas, fellow smallholder and gardening author,
Kim Stoddart, reminded me that we could take a first light harvest of horseradish, just over a year on since we first planted it. Continue reading →
Posted in Garden, Good Life, Kitchen, Paddock |
Tagged 2020, Bloody Mary, compost, Dalesford Organic, Emma Alesworth, horse, horseraddish, Kim Soddart, New Year, Paddock, Paul Rainger, Smallholding, stables, The Secret Acre, vodka, Welsh Pony |
Pretty much all the stock fencing since we moved to The Secret Acre is in need of repair. We just about got away with putting off replacing the worst section in the paddock last winter.
This March we could put off taking action no longer.
Continue reading →
Posted in Paddock |
Tagged Copsegrove Farm, Emma Alesworth, fencing, New Zealand Corners, Paddock, Paul Rainger, repair, Smallholding, stock fencing, The Secret Acre, Tim Tyne, training, Viable Self-Sufficiency |