Hoffi Coffi *

I was always rather sceptical about claims of coffee superiority and was happy with my morning instant with a spoon of honey. When we first talked about opening the tea hut, we soon realised how much we had to learn – from working out whether an expresso machine was...

I’ll ‘paca my bags …..

Alpaca fibre has a long and colourful history. The ancient tribes of the Andean highlands of Peru, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia were the first to domesticate the wild vicuna which was, and still is indigenous to the area. By selectively breeding this animal, the...

Spring Lambs

Well, our girl Pearl has outdone herself! She came to us last year having won the hearts of her previous owners with her easy going nature and escaped the freezer. We put her with a neighbour’s pet sheep and they both did a good job of keeping the grass down in the...

Grasping the (amazing ) nettle….

Like wasps, nettles are usually thought of as an unpleasant necessary evil of the natural world. Battered down by strimmers, poisoned by weedkiller and banished from our gardens, it’s easy to forget that – like wasps – in the natural world, everything occupies a niche...

Honey in History

As we all know, sugar is the central ingredient in most types of sweet or candy. When the word is mentioned, most people think of white granulated sugar but actually, honey is the oldest form of sweetener. The practice of honey-harvesting dates back many thousands of...