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...

In praise of the humble hedgerow

Most people pass by them in a blur, just a green line framing the country lanes that surround us here at Ffynnon Beuno in a hurry on their way to somewhere else but did you know that the 400,000 odd miles of hedgerow provide critical wildlife habitats for creatures as...

We’re Jammin’

Making jam has a very long history. The earliest cookbook, called Of Culinary Matters, which dates back to 1st century Rome, contained recipes for making jam. It was part of the diet in the countries of the Middle East where there was an abundance of sugar that grew...

Come on Baby, light my Fire!

One regular piece of feedback we get from guests is how much they enjoy the tiny Penguin woodburners that we have in each hut. This is the sole source of heat in the huts but it is quite amazing how hot these cute but mighty stoves can burn. Key to this is the...