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Unfortunately, this workshop is now fully booked. Our final workshop of this year gives you the chance to make your very own Christmas Wreath for your front door. Led by Sue, who has many years experience working with her father and more recently her sister to produce fantastic looking wreaths for sale, you will go through the whole process starting with the bare wire rings, then adding moss and locally sourced foliage… Read More

The hot weather at the start of the summer has definitely had a big effect on many of our crops.  Without going into the usual veggies, spuds onions beans, beans, beans ….   we have had maybe our best ever returns from a number of different sources. Let’s start with the less well known.  The Sichuan Peppercorn tree has yielded six spice jars worth of dried peppercorns, three times more than the… Read More

Quite a lot actually.  The hydro has 5 days to go in this quarter and it is already our highest single quarter of generation since we started in 2012.  So in my book, that makes it the wettest quarter for 6 years and that doesn’t take into account all the additional rainwater that couldn’t fit into the turbine’s 3kWh limit. Look how much is ‘going to waste’ here! Sue has been manfully… Read More

Apologies to Sir Elton for the title, but it just seemed perfect! Those of you who have been here will have trodden – maybe without realising it – on many a woodchip path.  This is just a little insight into how some of those paths come into being. It all tends to start with a bit of felling or a tree blowing over.  This produces some firewood and lots of useless branches… Read More

We were very lucky last week to have a wonderful documentary film-maker staying with us. By some sort of serendipity she phoned us looking for somewhere to stay in the area whilst she did some film editing and looked at a property she was interested in.  So we offered her the use of the garden room in return for making a short video for us. Sophie Windsor Clive, for that is her… Read More

August Bank Holiday and too busy to compose a blog – harvesting produce, trimming hedges, weeding paths, and enjoying the long-awaited sunshine and our visitors.  Lots of lovely enthusiastic comments in our visitors’ book so they are obviously enjoying the garden too.  Here’s just one from 2 visitors (thanks Pam and Chris) yesterday: ‘Absolutely enchanting.  What a special place.” Here are some photos of the garden today to whet your appetite if… Read More

We thought we would let those of you who don’t follow us on Instagram or Twitter have a quick look at what’s great in the garden and some of the lovely comments in the Visitors Book over the past few weeks. My heart feels at ease, my breath deeper. I am so grateful for the love and care felt in this place.  Pure Magic! Thank you for your beautiful, creative and awe-inspiring… Read More

Yet more exposure for the garden today as Country Homes & Interiors publishes the long awaited article and photos by Carole Drake. I won’t spoil it for you, but here’s part of the double page spread that starts it off (on page 100, since you asked!). And here’s the last page. A really big “Thank You” to Carole Drake for persuading us to let her photograph the garden and for getting Country… Read More

Bringing foliage, berries, cones and seed heads indoors from the forest and garden is a tradition which sometimes gets forgotten amidst the flashing, multi-coloured lights, revolving (revolting?) Santas, talking reindeer and other “bling” which so-called Garden Centres seem to wish upon us. Not at Nant-y-Bedd. I like to trim our own holly trees just before Christmas to provide sprigs for a traditional holly wreath – cotoneaster berries this year as the birds… Read More

Saturday saw 20 or so people descend upon us for a Mushroom Foraging day.  Organised by Liz Knight of Forage Fine Foods and executed by Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods, we had an amazing afternoon searching among the trees and along the river bank. Mark’s knowledge on fungi and how to use them was extensive and amusing as well as being excellent on the palate! After introductions all round, Mark got proceedings underway with… Read More