Making cider – a step-by-step tutorial

I love cider. In the pub. Out of a bottle. From a can, even. Do you? It’s so crisp and lovely! I always thought cider making was difficult and required lots of expensive equipment and precision, like beer making. Spoiler: it doesn’t! What you need Apples Cider press (ours came from eBay) A crusher (eBay…

‘It’s the season to be… Apple-streaked

We are drowning in apples. It’s a bumper crop here, much more so than in previous years. We have 7 apple trees altogether, and not only have they been ripe since the end of August – a month early! – but there’s just so many of them. We’ve harvested two full trees and parts of…

On reinventing yourself

In my last post I talked about the slow life, and I’ve been pondering the concept of changes ever since. I hope you’ll excuse me if I indulge myself a bit more. There’ll be garden and house and Highlands stuff soon, I promise! This is my first Monday ever of neither being a student nor gainfully…

On taking things slowly

(Lulu the Dalmatian is an expert at taking things slowly).   These days it takes me ages to come to after I’ve been asleep. I often lie there for a good half an hour, awake but unable to move or open my eyes. This used to frustrate me to no end, but I’ve come to…

Cottage in the Highlands

‘What’s this?’, I hear you ask. ‘Why are you starting your blog with a picture of a colander full of greens, on top of a dishevelled garden chair?’ Because it sums up what we are about. Grow Your Own, Make Do and Mend, DIY. We are homesteaders. Smallholders. Permaculturists. Home brewers. All at 57 degrees…