Mistletoe from our orchard hanging in our kitchen. Advertisements

Rose petal Christmas cards

Been busy making Christmas cards using bright red rose petals collected from our garden. I used some Christmas themed paper punchers to make reindeer and snowflake shapes in the petals.

Advent calendar

Ready and waiting for 1st December! Kids are excited. Filled with chocolate, charity shop mini treasures and reindeer food for 24th December.

November begins

Today November begins with a cold crisp day. The orchard looks really autumnal with fallen leaves, rotting apples and bare branches. The bonfire is ready for the coming weekend celebrations. And the fieldfares have returned from abroad to feast on the leftover apples from this years Cider harvest. Our apple wood logs have been put…

Apple Day

Visited Barrington Court National Trust property, near Ilminster in Somerset. It was great fun watching the apples being collected, and pressed. We also tasted the end product and made some apple animals. Find out more about Barrington Court

Autumnal day

Autumn in the orchard with lots of fallen cider apples, crunchy leaves, redsun, crazywinds and new chicken house

Autumn harvest lunch

Had a hearty lunch yesterday of butternut squash soup with a Roquefort flan made with our own pear and apples. It was rather delicious!

Apple picking starts

Today on a sunny September afternoon is the first day of picking up the cider apples. Vernon from Countryman Cider has popped by with his apple picker machine to collect this years crop. He will make a few trips to collect all the apples he needs to make this years batch of Countryman Cider. Today…

First light of fire pit

This weekend we finally lit our orchard themed fire pit complete with apple wood logs from our orchard, glass of Loaders Farmhouse Cider, and sausages from Tim Potter Butchers The fire pit was commissioned from a local company called Dartmoor Fire Pits The design of our fire pit is unique is based on the seasons…

Autumn arrives

The orchard is changing again with the seasons. It really feels like autumn has arrived this week with cold mornings, colour changing leaves, dropping apples and golden light. Today we also spotted a young deer for the first time in the orchard enjoying a snack of fallen apples. This picture created by my four year…


The first batch of logs that have been chopped up from the fallen apple trees in our orchard. Lots more to chainsaw and chop up as you can see from the pile in the photo. This year we cleared up four fallen trees, which had gone down in the last three years. The orchard was…

Tremletts Bitter

This is a pretty tree to look at with its rosy deep red apples. From Devon, this apple was discovered in 19th century and makes a bittersweet cider.