Jan 11 2013

Thank you!


Thank you!

Hooray for happy customers – thank you so much for taking the time to drop us an email. It makes it all worthwhile. Hi there Just a quick note of appreciation. We had one of your geese at Christmas, purchased through Trevaskis Farm, and it was without doubt one of the very best we have ever enjoyed. We have been having goose at Christmas for many years and yours was outstanding for configuration, preparation and flavour. The fat rendered down will also be cooking the best roast potatoes for the next twelve months. Thanks again for what I’m sure was a lot of hard work at your end. Andy and Jacqui Hi Debbie, Just wanted to thank you for producing such wonderful turkeys – we had a really wonderful small one which Jayne delivered to our front door! It was one of the best turkeys we have ever had and I did want you to know! Best Wishes Janet

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Dec 31 2012

Ain’t nobody here but us chickens .. singing debut!


Ain’t nobody here but us chickens .. singing debut!

I’m in the mood for love Recorded this a few months ago .. have been practicing on the chickens. They tell me I need a heap more confidence before I can move onto the pigs.

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Dec 25 2012

Christmas Day Plunge at Polkerris


Christmas Day Plunge at Polkerris

Its become a Christmas tradition amongst some hardened individuals – to throw oneself headlong into the freezing surf battering the beach at Polkerris. Lots of people do it! Honest. Simon cycled to the beach, then jumped in. Rosie, Matt, Charlie and Joe did it. Kit took photos. Rosie even swam! This year I decided to go for it too. No longer could I be shamed by my children. Man, what a way to wake up after a night of limited sleep. The best part: medicinal malt whiskey administered by good friends immediately after and the warmth of the Rashleigh Inn to defrost.

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Dec 03 2012

Preparations for the Christmas Play


Preparations for the Christmas Play

It’s started. Jona Lewie, the Pogues and Kirstie McColl all confirm it. The 2012 lead up to Christmas .. the great British pantomime .. beginning with the stage dressing. I’ve chosen my tree. Put my order in with Amazon. I’ve considered sending cards (I fail at this every year – some kind of get out clause in the job description). Even the leaves in the yard have been swept in readiness for our Christmas visitors. And elsewhere .. christmas cakes and puddings are quietly maturing in Big Buns kitchen, whilst brussel sprouts are being harvested in the fields of Cusgarne – shamefully tolerated only once a year in our house with the promise of lardons – and beautiful children’s surprises are being gift wrapped at Bird to be sent across the globe. And cue the pluckers! Hoorah! Today, together with our splendid team, we began killing the geese. They’ll hang for 2 weeks, after which we shall make them ready for ovens all around the UK. That it happens at all is a feat of behind-the-scenes organisation; a crazed time of phone calls, orders, packaging, more orders, finalising transport details, last minute orders etc. starting for us way back in June and continuing until the final curtain call. ‘FIVE MINUTES EVERYONE!’ Santa, no snow please till after Christmas eve. Cheers mate. Mad .. hohoho

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Nov 26 2012

… and Finally to Cremyll


… and Finally to Cremyll

Leaving Downderry for Cremyll on Monday morning, we walked with eyes on Rame Head all the way. The three of us set out in drizzle (lost the path immediately and found ourselves aimlessly wandering along the beach), but as the hours passed the weather got brighter, until we were walking in T-shirts.

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Nov 25 2012

To Downderry ..


To Downderry ..

Neither Ruth nor Clare slept well last night .. visions of subsiding paths, us slipping down cliffs and into the sea. In the face of being ‘irresponsible’, ‘insane’, or bluntly ‘bloody mad’ .. we left the farm at 9am, heading east.

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Nov 24 2012

Final Two Legs of Cornish Coast Path


Final Two Legs of Cornish Coast Path

Not put off by this ridiculous weather, I’m up for continuing the coast path to Downderry tomorrow (Sunday), finishing at Cremyll Monday evening. Accompanied by my two intrepid friends (Ruth and Clare, my Land’s End companions). Perfect to hold both ends of the rope should we need to attempt a river crossing! Waterproofs packed, pasty money in belt, shorts cleaned and ironed. Setting off at 8.30am from the farm. Will report back with photo evidence on my return. The walk above Lantic Bay is always worth a trip across the Fowey, lunch in Polperro, a well earned pint in Looe .. and a cosy room at the Inn on the Shore at Downderry. No camping this time. Perfect.

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Nov 23 2012

Making Compost ..


Making Compost ..

.. although in fairness, these little worms have done the job for me. Look at this – half way through the process. I’m not usually excited by earth worms, but the number of them in the tombola arrangement that I have rigged up for recycling domestic waste from the cottages is astonishing .. thanks to everyone who has contributed!

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Nov 21 2012

Shocking Synod Decision


Shocking Synod Decision

Susie Leafe, a lay member of the General Synod of the C of E .. living in our Parish .. opposed to women bishops .. is representing who exactly? Please Susie explain WHY women should be denied equal opportunities within the Church of England. In a 5 minute tv video (4.thought) she airs her frighteningly simple views explaining why it is natural that we look towards our menfolk as decision makers based upon leap year marriage proposals and Eve’s messing up in Eden. In contrast look to the brave Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, shot by the Taliban for daring to exercise her rights as a woman. Women around the world are still fighting to be heard. Extrapolate your feeble arguments Susie and we women shouldn’t have the vote – following your logic women shouldn’t take lead roles in society, in business, Government, within the armed forces. And how reassuring for you that as the minority partner in your relationship you don’t have to take any responsibility when things go wrong. I honestly don’t Adam and Eve it .. I can’t seem to post the link here. Go to Google and take a look. It’s astonishing.

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Nov 13 2012

Hoedown, west: ‘Bigwigs and Titfers’ a birthday celebration ..


Hoedown, west: ‘Bigwigs and Titfers’ a birthday celebration ..

Last Saturday .. Golant village hall .. me and my wonderful friend Estelle shared a birthday bash. And it was a splendid one (Hooray!). At least .. I had a BRILLIANT time, as can be seen by the photos. I think (I hope ..) everyone else enjoyed it too – perhaps not quite with the same enthusiasm as me (I blame boat-builder Pete and his generous gift of 2 pints of Cosmopolitan. Thanks man!). Thanks too must go to Jackie, Jaz and Dave that worked the decks and kept us on our toes all night. Plus of course the talented Susanna Stables and her pics that have helped jog my lapses of memory! Cheers girlfriend!

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