Hoffi Coffi *

I was always rather sceptical about claims of coffee superiority and was happy with my morning instant with a spoon of honey. When we first talked about opening the tea hut, we soon realised how much we had to learn – from working out whether an expresso machine was better than a “bean-to-cup” (it is)… Continue reading Hoffi Coffi *

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I’ll ‘paca my bags …..

Alpaca fibre has a long and colourful history. The ancient tribes of the Andean highlands of Peru, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia were the first to domesticate the wild vicuna which was, and still is indigenous to the area. By selectively breeding this animal, the alpaca breed was developed, becoming a crucial component for the survival… Continue reading I’ll ‘paca my bags …..

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Spring Lambs

Well, our girl Pearl has outdone herself! She came to us last year having won the hearts of her previous owners with her easy going nature and escaped the freezer. We put her with a neighbour’s pet sheep and they both did a good job of keeping the grass down in the cherry orchard. She… Continue reading Spring Lambs

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Grasping the (amazing ) nettle….

Like wasps, nettles are usually thought of as an unpleasant necessary evil of the natural world. Battered down by strimmers, poisoned by weedkiller and banished from our gardens, it’s easy to forget that – like wasps – in the natural world, everything occupies a niche and when a gap is created by us eradicating a… Continue reading Grasping the (amazing ) nettle….

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Honey in History

As we all know, sugar is the central ingredient in most types of sweet or candy. When the word is mentioned, most people think of white granulated sugar but actually, honey is the oldest form of sweetener. The practice of honey-harvesting dates back many thousands of years as is pictured in a prehistoric cave painting… Continue reading Honey in History

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In praise of the humble hedgerow

Most people pass by them in a blur, just a green line framing the country lanes that surround us here at Ffynnon Beuno in a hurry on their way to somewhere else but did you know that the 400,000 odd miles of hedgerow provide critical wildlife habitats for creatures as diverse as butterflies and bees… Continue reading In praise of the humble hedgerow

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We’re Jammin’

Making jam has a very long history. The earliest cookbook, called Of Culinary Matters, which dates back to 1st century Rome, contained recipes for making jam. It was part of the diet in the countries of the Middle East where there was an abundance of sugar that grew naturally. This enabled the people to have… Continue reading We’re Jammin’

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Come on Baby, light my Fire!

One regular piece of feedback we get from guests is how much they enjoy the tiny Penguin woodburners that we have in each hut. This is the sole source of heat in the huts but it is quite amazing how hot these cute but mighty stoves can burn. Key to this is the firewood that… Continue reading Come on Baby, light my Fire!

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Eggs, glorious eggs!

Did you know that some supermarket eggs can be up to three weeks old before they go on the shelves and you should never refrigerate them? Eggs come in their own perfect packaging to keep the contents in tip top condition and each one dispenses a perfect portion size. I like to keep chickens that… Continue reading Eggs, glorious eggs!

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