Showing posts with label UK. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UK. Show all posts

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Fr. Peter's Environmental Notes

I have such a back log of correspondence concerning Farm Blogs from Around the World, I am embarrassed at how rude I've been to the many people who have written to me, bringing my attention to wonderful new farming blogs.

In my defense I have been writing a rather large novel over the last nine months, which is now with my literary agent and should be about to go out to publishers. (For more information please visit

OK, following on from my last post I've been pleased to be introduced to a terrifically well-written, well researched blog called Fr. Peter's Environmental Notes

Based in the U.K it's

"a resource for moral & environmental thoughts from a Christian viewpoint"

Father Pete's hope is that this blog "!will be of use to anyone who is concerned about the present situation of Climate Chaos and wants to do whatever they can in order to help to ease the problem."

You don't have to be a Christian to enjoy this blog - it's well written, well-researched and thoroughly deserving of a visit.


Father Pete also has another blog of simple money saving D.I.Y ideas that cover projects from cooking to gardening, and which he adds to a regular basis.

Fr. Peter's DIY Environmental Ideas

"TO INVENT, YOU NEED A GOOD IMAGINATION AND A PILE OF JUNK," so said Thomas Edison. I am sure that God did not intend us to sit at a desk for eight hours a day, to eat refined food and ready meals and never stretch our creative potential. God is a creator, we are made in His image, therefore we are also creators. The important thing when using our creative ability, in garden, kitchen or workshop is not to expect success every time but only once in a blue moon!

Monday, 21 July 2008

The Woolly Shepherd Recommends

Val, the Woolly Shepherd in Somerset ( has over 23 years experience as a smallholder in the West of England. Having kept most types of livestock she has just reduced the flock from over 80 to 18 sheep. She has an ethical wool and fibre business which is expanding into eco friendly felt for domestic, fashion and horticultural use. She also hosts & runs courses in everything from smallholding for beginners to dyeing for the terrified.

You can follow life on this permaculture based holding with the Woolly Shepherds Diaries

Val recommeds another blogger from Somerset in England, her friend Lavendar Jack.

Jackie has been married to Gordon for 20 years and they have two daughters, Alexandra (19) and Stephanie (16). They're dairy farmers in Somerset and you can find her at

The blog is entitled

Just Me, Really
Me and my ramblings

That about sums it up - a pure farming blog it isn't - but great photos, an easy, fun, thoughtful style and recommended by the Woolly Shepherd.

Here's a taster:

"Yesterday we went out and bought a calf, something we haven’t done for many years, but there was a good reason. We wanted a friesian bull calf that wasn’t related to any of our herd so that in eighteen months or so we could start breeding from him. We have four types of calves on our farm - British Friesian males and females (both sire and dam are Friesian) and Hereford cross males and females where the mother is a British Friesian and the father is Harry, who is a pedigree Hereford. Harry is what’s known as a sweeper-bull. Our herd are made pregnant by artificial insemination (AI) but it isn’t always successful because it’s not as reliable a method as the one nature has provided. That’s where Harry comes in. Any of our herd that aren’t pregnant by the summer are caught by him and he then takes care of that problem. The reason we don’t have a fully-grown Friesian bull is that they’re notoriously bad-tempered. This one’s two weeks old and he’s already kicked me in the shin! Gordon says it’s because he’s frightened, which he may very well be, but I didn’t take kindly to being kicked whilst trying to feed him."

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Colour it Green Recommends

Colour it Green in the UK has written with their recommendations.

Colour it Green are not farmers (as they see it), not even "proper small holders, we are part time small holders!" they write. But here at we have a pretty broad definition of a farm blog, so no drama there.

They have "2 acres, 4 sheep, 4 hens plus offspring, some fruit trees and lots and lots of vegetable patches, which we manage alongside repairing a falling down house, jobs and full time home education."

Colour it Green uses the blog "to witter about our veg growing, livestock rearing, egg collecting, sheep shearing, home brewing, cooking, saving energy, preserving, wool processing: (dyeing, spinning, knitting and weaving), hedging, crafts, home education, tree felling, and generally enjoying it all."

Their recommendations are a few we have

and a few we don't.