Tap’y New Year

If you were with us this time last year, you will know that Emma and I decide to dump the traditional first 24 wedding anniversaries – the rubbish ones like ‘paper’ and ‘glue’ which come before the serious bling – in favour of our own list of things we actually like.

So we wrote down 12 each and randomly assigned them into the 24 draws of a repurposed advent calendar, to be opened at the start of each year. Continue reading

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Tweeter of the Week!

main-farm-2We’re guest tweeters of the week all this week on Twitter @SmallholdersUK

Followers of this Blog get their updates in one of three ways. Either you’ve signed up on the website for direct email alerts, or you see posting on Facebook or Twitter. Continue reading

A Modern Celebration

new-anniversariesWe didn’t just grow vegetables in our first year at The Secret Acre, we took time out to get married too. In our own field, at our own boutique, indie style festival for family and friends. But that’s a whole other story!

However, like many modern marriages these days, we met later in life. Which got us thinking about how we would celebrate our anniversaries. Continue reading

Watch the Seasons Turn

deerAnd another year goes by. So last month I put up two curtain poles and a washing line at The Secret Acre. Because October marked our first year anniversary of moving in. And rather embarrassingly these were the last of the ‘quick’ jobs still undone from that very first month!

But missing curtain poles aside, October was a chance for us to reflect on the good and bad points of our first year. Fortunately, perhaps, our positives and negatives were remarkably similar. Continue reading

Who’s your Self-Sufficiency Inspiration?

AbeLincoln“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land” – Abraham Lincoln

If Abe, the dollar bill guy was right, then we ought to be celebrating our heroes of self-sufficiency.

But who are your own personal heroes?

Take our poll and let us know! Continue reading

This is the (Good) Life!

Birthday Hammock 1 - June 2016So the house is finished and the vegetables are growing.

Surely time now then to simply lay back in warm summer sunshine and enjoy the good life!

The American humorist, S.J. Perelman, apparently once wrote that –

“A farm is an irregular patch of nettles, containing a fool who didn’t know enough to stay in the city.”

Little did he know that this fool has a hammock!