What Am I Missing? – The Intrepid Shepherdess

What Am I Missing? – The Intrepid Shepherdess

I have just finished reading Lindsey Fitzharris’ book ‘The Butchering Art’ (Penguin, 2018). And fascinating it was too, but not for the feint-hearted. It’s a compelling read about the life and medical career of Joseph Lister whose indomitable interest in sepsis...
My Kingdom for a Hug or a Hazlenut – The Intrepid Shepherdess

My Kingdom for a Hug or a Hazlenut – The Intrepid Shepherdess

As I write this my house is filled with the most wonderful aroma – a glorious combination of brandy, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and dried fruit. Yes you have guessed it – my Christmas puddings are delightfully on the boil, giving off a scent so evocative of this time of...
Gentle Giants Unite – The Intrepid Shepherdess

Gentle Giants Unite – The Intrepid Shepherdess

I am not quite sure how I do it but I manage to convince all the animals here at Primrose Farm of three rules by which they must live harmoniously together. These rules are: Love is unconditional Respect is mutual and We don’t eat family members This is no mean feat...
A Happy Choice – Mushrooms or Butterflies

A Happy Choice – Mushrooms or Butterflies

One of my fondest memories as a child was, very occasionally and as a big treat, my mother would allow my two sisters and I to pop some corn in a pot. I loved the dull thud, thud, thud of the kernels exploding in the hot oil as the kitchen filled with that...
Farming, Life and Death – The Intrepid Shepherdess

Farming, Life and Death – The Intrepid Shepherdess

The celebration of life is very much part of farming. For me, the joy comes during lambing and from the amount of media attention this annual event receives, many who may not be directly associated with a farm, take part with me, albeit from a distance. What is less...

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