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A weekend in Devon

Last Thursday I made my way down  to see dad, Molly and her boyfriend in Devon from Brighton. A 5 hour relaxing journey passing through gorgeous countryside.

The first evening was spent listening to Glastonbury music on the radio while cutting vegetables for the Friday and Saturday market in Totnes. 20kg potatoes peeled and cut, 10kg onions cut, garlic, ginger and tomatoes cut…

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It was my first time in Totnes and what a beautiful place! Dad was very popular at the market, everywhere I turned I heard stallholders say ‘Oh is that Kumar’s daughter’.

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On Saturday, Molly came with us and we spent the day helping out dad, meeting everyone and popping into ‘Seeds 2 Totnes’ for a latte.

 

On Sunday we went to the farm to see the farm and sheep.

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We hadn’t wormed the ewes yet so we herded the flock into a pen with the help of Tiger (who helped a little, despite not being trained to herd the sheep). There was always one ewe who decided to run of in the wrong direction.

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We eventually managed to worm the ewes and check the lambs over. Then I walked around the land seeing new things that happened since I saw the land last. Such as a new compost heap and fence netting for the veg patch!

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Ending up with tea and biscuits to end the day on the farm and a pint at the local pub.

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Food photography, hugelkultur and festivals

The madness has been slowly increasing!!

I’ve been attempting food photography for the website, social media and Instagram. Using inspiration from Jaimie Oliver and David Loftus. Managed to get a few lovely shots that I’m proud of. Just need to keep practising and practising. As soon as dad is out of the house, the spices and camera come out!

We have started planning a little ahead now. Managed to get a stall space at Dartmouth Food Festival on the 21st/22nd/23rd October and Powderham Festival on the 1st and 2nd October. Our first two festivals, which is a little scary. Need to find someone to help as Molly will be at Uni and I’ll be in Brighton.

Have written around ten other food and music festivals that sound perfect for us. So when the time is right we’ll fill in the applications.

We also have a few new dishes we want to try out – idli,  vadda and chutney and kothu roti. I’ll try and get dad to try out the new 50 idli dish steamer next week!! We’ll see.

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As for the farm side, we are going sheep shopping for an additional 30 sheep in September. Purebred Llanwenog sheep from a nearby farm in Devon. Just hunting for a ram and then we can tup them in November for lambs April next year!!

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Our sheep we have now – 1 Charollais x Masham, 2 Charollais x Mule, 1 unknown and 2 xxxxxxxxx

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Our flock of Llanwenog sheep we had back in Kent

 

The barn will hopefully go up by the end of the year and we are planning to try out our hands on a bit of hugelkultur!

Pretty mad right?! Well we’ve had a few ideas from my sister’s friend in the States who is interested in permaculture, and gave us a few alternative ideas to have a mini veg patch to grow potatoes and onions for the markets.

Apparently Hugelkultur is no more that no-dig raised beds but the impact is greater.

“They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Simply mound logs, branches, leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, petroleum-free newspaper, manure, compost or whatever other biomass you have available, top with soil and plant your veggies.” –https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/many-benefits-hugelkultur

We’ll start small and see what happens. The aim of this is to try and grow most of our produce on our land.

A sunny market, 3 lambs and #30DaysWild

It’s all happening down in Devon! Markets in Exeter, sunny days, bleating lambs, attempting to do a little bit for the 30 Days Wild challenge and visiting county shows and festivals.
So to catch up with the livestock at Breazle Smallholdings.
We still have the Devon Dusters who are currently munching their way through the grass at the farm, completely content and still attached to us as ever.
For some of you who don’t know, Molly got another three lambs. These ones have not been named but have been featured on our Facebook page quite a bit. They have finished drinking milk and are now slowly exploring the big wide world of the out in the big wide world of the farm. Getting used to a big life with other sheep, new sounds and other people.
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Our other 3 lambs – photographed by Molly

Sitting on the edge of the river. Crying seagulls fighting over bread and a mass of swans gliding across from one edge to the other. It’s market day in Exeter. Every Thursday and the sun is shining glistening ripples shimmer in the light. The sun is on my right burning my cheek and the end taste of sugar and cinnamon donuts linger in a need to hold onto it a little more.
I can here dad and Molly behind me chatting away behind the food stall, the griddle getting steamy as it waits for customers to taste dads crispy dosa.
The swans look so majestic. Swooning in elegance like they own the river. The bridge the reaches one side of the river to the other is filled with wheels of cyclists and kids. Canoes clank together floating gently on the ripples.

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The Wildlife Trust have a challenge this June. #30DaysWild where people can do a random act of wildness of each day. A way to connect with nature and feel happy and healthy. Hugging trees, walking bare foot in grass, learning wildflowers, helping birds…

It’s not to late to take part! http://action.wildlifetrusts.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1823&ea.campaign.id=48499