May 2018

Timely tutorial: skirting a fleece ready for spinning or felt-making

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17 May, 2018 - 15:46 | Sue Blacker

Here is an unskirted white Ryeland fleece on my kitchen floor.  The grouting of the tiles will give some idea of the dimensions.  It weighed around 2.5kg before I started skirting it.

Firstly, we take a look at both sides: the outside is normally dirtier as it has been nearer to the world, and the inside is cleaner and shows the difference as the ends are all shorn rather than pointy.

Recipe: Lamb fillets with leeks

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17 May, 2018 - 14:34 | Sue Blacker

This is one of my favourite recipes because it is quick to prepare, fairly quick to cook, tasty and sufficiently impressive to serve to visitors. 

If you start by putting a few scrubbed unpeeled potatoes in the over set at 160 degrees (fan oven), 170 degrees (non fan) or Gas Mark 4, there's almost no washing up and the nice jacket potatoes will be ready when the meat and leeks are cooked, with plenty of fluffy potato to soak up the meat and vegetable juices. 

Book Review: Sheep Keeping

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11 May, 2018 - 17:38 | Sue Blacker

This book, produced as part of the Professional Smallholder Series, by 5m Publishing has the ISBN of 9 781910 455937.  It appears to the the first of the series, which is different from the Smallholder Series of DVDs and other resources (in which naturally The Natural Fibre Company features!).  I apologise for the poor quality of the picture of the book cover!  See nicer pix of my 2018 lambs, including the quads at birth and one month old, along with a nice mum and son photo, at the end of the piece!

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