Monthly Archives: March 2008

Great Tit and Sparrow in the snow at Alledal

Blessed are the cheese makers

According to the Life of Brian – blessed are the cheese makers and this week I joined Steph as one of this hallowed band. We’re getting around three litres of milk a day right now and we’re working hard to make sure it doesn’t go to waste. Cheese making is easier than I thought and much more fun. I made cottage cheese this morning and shall be having some for my lunch a little later; you can’t get much fresher than that. The milking machine is more than earning its keep, it has simplified the whole process and milking the goats is no longer a trial, but a pleasant job. Foxglove particularly has taken to the new regime very well, and over all I am very pleased with the way things are going. As another potential use for goat’s milk I’m researching soap making. It seems goat’s milk makes very a very milk moisturising soap. If the process is one we can manage here at Alledal then it could be another step towards being self-sufficientish.


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The falling of snow is not just an event, it’s a magical event. You know you are truly old when waking up to find a landscape covered in a layer of snow you don’t have the urge to run out and throw a snow ball or build a snowman. When it snows like it has again today you have to choices – complain or make snow angels.


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Will Rogers – the Cowboy Philosopher once said:

Heroing is one of the shortest lived professions there is.
Will Rogers, 1925

This week I feel a little disappointed by one of the people, who if not exactly a hero to me, was someone whose philosophy towards things, food in this case, matched my own.

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The view over Svinstibacken

Winter Wonderland

I can’t believe how long it is since I updated my blog. My last entry on a hint of spring turned out to be a little premature. Here at Alledal we have been battered by storms and we lost some trees down by the river in the high winds. To cap it off yesterday we had snow, real ankle deep snow. Today dawned clear and bright with a crystal blue sky a real picture postcard of a day, the kind of day that makes you happy to be alive.
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