January has been a busy month. We’ve managed to achieve a lot…. A new skylight in the camping barn, and new, powerful shower in the Hayloft. We’ve put loads more insulation in the loft too so it should retain it’s heat better. The marmalade has been made and the fruit spirits bottled.
The front porch has decided it needs urgent attention… We’ve know for years.. but with foot and mouth and 3 floods to recover from somehow it never hit the top of the list… Well it has now! so watch this space (but not too closely!)
Will has made steps into the original garden where I’m hoping to plant raspberries eventually.
The hens are laying and there’s snow on the tops. The year has turned.
Here at the farm we are relaxing into Christmas. The Nativity is this afternoon and that is the real start of celebrations for us. The carol singing was a huge success this year. 3 nights out and about up and down the valley and the surrounding area raising money for Hospice at Home. The cake is yet uniced and the turkey needs some adjustment to fit in the oven…but hey.. there’s hours yet to go… oh and a few presents to wrap …
The Tea Garden will be operating on a self service and honesty box system over the holidays but I will be baking so there will be cake!
We look forward to seeing you in 2018
Have a happy, healthy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
From all of us at Low Bridge End.
The Carlisle Ramblers came for their annual Christmas party. We welcomed many old faces and some new. I made cheese scones, scones with rum butter, fairy cakes, ginger bread, chocolate caramel shortbread and of course mince pies. Everybody seemed to have a good time. Indeed one lovely person commented when she was leaving, that it was the best afternoon tea she had ever had! Thank you lovely lady!
I never charge for this event, but I do ask for a donation for Eden Valley Hospice. This year I can give then £104. Thank You Carlisle Ramblers.
To brighten up our dark nights Jamie decided to light up the bridge. The reflections on the bridge are lovely!
Don’t forget to come for a Christmas Tree. Although if you want to cut your own it is best to come in daylight.
More Christmas decorations are in the kiln as I type.. I’ll see the results tomorrow.
It must be getting to that time of the year. Our local WI met here last night and with the help of the wonderful Phil Bradley we created willow stars. All sizes! The chat and laughter was non stop so I think a good time was had by all.
If anyone would be interested in attending a willow workshop please message me and if we get sufficient numbers we could organise one.
We’ve had a busy week this week creating…. Christmas tree decorations for a craft fair next weekend. It’s a year since playing with clay, but we soon got the hang of it again… it’s remembering what the glazes do and the colours they turn out. The results are fine. It’s so exciting when you open up the kiln.. you never really know what you’ll find!
The colours are still wonderful and we’ve actually had some drier weather this last couple of weeks. We have vacancies in the self catering and we will do short breaks at this time of the year even though I can’t get the book now button to do them.. Just e mail me!!! We wold love to see you.
The Tea Garden will be going on to the self service and honesty box system shortly.. but I will still be baking so there sill be cake!
Happy November everyone!
Somehow, the sheep always understand you and never disagree with you (apart from when they don’t want to do something!). This one is a particularly friendly Herdwick.
Fresh from the oven today.. Date Slice, Victoria Sponge and Apple and Cinnamon Scones made with apples that have about 100 yards of food miles on them and have been picked so recently that they were still covered in dew! They are the ones that make the best scones, hence I only make them in the autumn! The sponge is filled with yesterdays plum, apple and damson jam.
It’s a lovely day for a walk so why not walk over the Rigg or amble along the lower paths in the valley and call in for tea? We look forward to seeing you!
Plum, apple and damson this time.
Why not come for a walk, have a cuppa and support Eden Valley Hospice by buying some jam?
It’ll be baking day tomorrow. I think I’ll be making Chocolate flapjack, Date Slice and Victoria Sponge.
Any other suggestions?