Here at Thimbles I run a bed and breakfast and Great Taste Award winning Fabulous Bakes with my friend Sarah.
My general philosophy is that if I can do something myself I will (or get my husband Simon to help me at the weekend with scary things like chainsaws)! So, we keep rare breed pigs (that grow at a much more natural rate than the commercially bred pink, hairless pigs) from Spring to Autumn each year with the aim that is usually fulfilled of finishing them off on acorns and apples! I cure the bacon and Simon smokes it, I then slice it and vacuum pack it. We hand make our own sausages and saucissons and make our own ‘parma’ ham.
We keep bees ( by the orchard and kitchen garden) and I do my best to deter them from swarming and taking the honey they made with them! I grow every sort of vegetable and fruit imaginable and I grow flowers and roses galore which I put all over the house.
I currently have 2 french wheaten maran cockerels and in Spring I will provide them with some ladies so that I can get my mahogany coloured eggs . Sadly various and numerous visitations from foxes have made my husband, Simon, quite fed up as rare breed chickens are not the cheapest purchase and annoyingly we have been outwitted by super intelligent foxes. Simon says that we might as well hire a limousine to take us to London to get the eggs from Fortnum and Mason! He is rather missing the point!
So in the sub-sections I will be posting frequent blogs about what I am up to at any moment in time. I hope you enjoy it!