Painstaking hours of digging, raking and forking – this week has been all hands on deck. With the outdoor growing season upon us there has been a rush to prepare the terraces for their crops. TB and chef James have constructed clever cloches to allow us to grow outside and take advantage of this wonderful … Continue reading New Beginnings
When does spring actually start?? This last week I have been suffering from what can only be described as weather bipolarism. There is a euphoric feeling when the sun warms your face for the first time in months – it sparks insatiable optimism. Green shoots have started appearing and life in our poly-tunnel is positively … Continue reading Spring??
The great thing about my job is working with and meeting so many fantastic people. Jane Schaffer our potter from York is one such person. It was in unusual circumstances that I first met her. I had spent the afternoon having a few drinks for a friend’s birthday and as I strolled merrily through York’s … Continue reading “Happy Potter”
The cold snowy weather means that it has been a quiet week in the garden. Ken has planted Red Russian Kale, Bronze Fennel and next week we will plant our heirloom tomatoes. I can’t wait until summer when we have a tunnel full of those multicolored bad boys!! We have to grow them from seed … Continue reading “Sipping on Gin and Juice”
We are back to work after 10 days closed and I feel rejuvenated. By the end of December Chefs are exhausted having worked Christmas day, New years eve and every day in between. It is so difficult to be creative and have new ideas when you are working in the kitchen all day and night. It … Continue reading Fresh minds…New ideas
I reckon the easiest part of starting ‘The Good Life’ is deciding to embark on it in the first place. My mind was full of amazing vegetables, beautiful fruits and fragrant herbs. I was attacking this project with vigor and enthusiasm – my expectations for what we could achieve heightened every day. I endorsed our … Continue reading Well Insulated residual heated pipe dreams…….
I have always lived in Oldstead and my parents are farmers so this gave me a passion for food and nature from a young age. My love for ingredients has led me to spend a lot of time searching for the very best suppliers as I believe the quality of the produce is very important … Continue reading Cooking… Growing… Foraging