Narnia chez nous

Posted 2007/06/18 15:42

Google earth, eat your heart out!
This aerial photo of the farm and garden shows the formal Kitchen Garden to the far west (the ubiquitous mountain bikers can be spotted on the turning circle), ornamental gardens towards the house, and to the south the extensive wildflower meadow.

Mowing under the influence

Posted 2007/06/11 16:32

Mowing the pathways in the wild-flower meadow last week, I plugged in my iPod to drown out the racket of the petrol-driven mower. During the majestic throes of 'Shot from both sides' by Magazine I began to get into my stride, when the mower halter violently. I bent down to unclog the blades and yanked out a handful of damp grass only to find a revoltingly dismembered - but still alive - toad.
Suggestions for other sounds to mow to?

Fluffy I want you*

Posted 2007/06/02 22:35

Fluffy is how I'd describe most of our garden at present: New bronze fennel, thalictrum's powder puff heads, geranium cushions, forget-me-nots.

* A track by alt jazz act Polar Bear, and also an older one by some soul legend whose name I forgot


Advice on preventing your coldframe from taking off in the wind

Posted 2007/06/02 22:32

Don't anyone ever say this blog isn't instructive.

Here are some pix of me and George's invention for tethering our two new coldrames to the hillside. Cunning, eh? If you too have the misfortune of gardening in an area of periodic cyclones, this could help you:
Wire, bungy ropes and a wooden length fixed to the ground the length of the frame - then just throw the ropes over the frame lids whether they're open or shut, fixing to the wires at either side.

Coniston's best takeaway

Posted 2007/06/02 22:03

Trug porn: My supper of asparagus, new potatoes, radishes, broad bean tops and salad, all from our hard-won patch.

More flowers

Posted 2007/05/28 06:42

The garden starts to fill with flowers - here's a few that made it into the house.


The pigs are alright

Posted 2007/05/25 16:36

Deputy Alistair shows off what he's learnt as a father of four, as he confidently manhandles our new Tamworths into their field.

Posted by Karen Guthrie on 2007/05/25 16:36

The great wall of Lawson Park

Posted 2007/05/24 15:05

A blot in our landscape has been recently removed c/o James Herd, a local waller so famous among those in the know that people gasp audibly when you say you've got him working for you. (Despite appearances to the contrary, the Lake District National Park is not heaving with skilled and inexpensive wallers just dying to get going on your project, though there are plenty of retired bank managers and teachers who will 'have a go' at great cost to your budget and patience). In just under 3 working days he and his assistant - also a James - transformed the natural bog that lies at the heart of the garden here, with this simple and beautiful wall, all built with stone found on site and without a single tool.


Posted 2007/05/21 09:29

Excited to find Morels on the sand dunes of Barrow, a somewhat meagre haul compared to buying them in the market in Barcelona - food shopping in Spain is a depressing experience everything is half the price that it is in England and more than twice as good, a fair bit of the seafood is from Britain to boot - but the price of razor clams is phenomenal - well compared to buying them from the fish bait shop. I am now less surprised to hear that they are diving for them on the west coast, apparently even underwater you still use salt to get them to emerge - weird huh


More emails in English

Posted 2007/05/19 10:33

to Adam Sutherland

I have some more questions about that TOGE people visitted Grizedale.

Q1.Where did TOGE people work ? Did they work in the Lawson Park of your
stronghold ?
Q2.How is the spread of your field ? According to your website, Lowson Park
has an area 15 acres. Do you use all area in this park?

I'm glad if you would answer my quesutions.
And thank you for your kind.

from Eimei Ishii


Dear Ishii-san

Toge people worked at the Lawson Park farm making 3 new Tanbos (rice paddies) and clearing forest areas

They also collected mountain shoots and ran a cooking workshop for local chefs. The best resturants in the area attended including the famous Sharrow Bay Hotel and Michelin 2 star l'Enclume

On the last day of thier work programme they made a resturant for the village of Coniston in the famous Ruskin Institute. Many local people came (90) and the special food of Toge was very much enjoyed by all. Many people tried Warabi (Braken) for the first time and some started to consider it as a possible crop. The donations (250 pounds) from the visitors were given to the funds for the Coniston Water Festival a village festival on the lake

Lawson Park farm has 2 areas of land one is 15 acres of land that has not been farmed for 50 years. This is the area the village mainly worked on we are bring the whole area back into use. The other area of 5 acres is all gardens and the village built a bridge now called the 'Toge Bridge'. Later in the year we are hoping to bring a builder from Matsudai to make a new resturant in the gardens where we will make seasonal food including the mountain vegetables introduced by the villagers of Toge. We hope we will have further relationship with the people of Toge as all these projects develop.

All the best


Posted by Adam Sutherland on 2007/05/19 10:33