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Wood Heat poem from Tree farm by John Estabrook

Beech wood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year.
Chestnut’s only good, they say
If for long it’s laid away.
But ash wood new or ash wood old
Is fit for a queen with a crown of gold.

Birch and fir logs burn too fast,
Blaze up bright and do not last.
Is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould –
E’en the very flames are cold;
But ash wood green and ash wood brown
Is fit for a queen with a golden crown.

Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke.
Apple wood will scent your room
With an incense like perfume.
Oaken logs if dry and old
Keep away the winter cold.
But ash wood wet and ash wood dry
A king shall warm his slippers by.

Oak logs will warm you well,
If they’re warm and dry.
Larch logs of pine wood smell
But sparks will fly.
Beech logs for Christmas time;
Yew logs heat well.
Scotch logs it’s a crime
For anyone to sell.
Birch logs will burn too fast,
Chestnut scarce at all.
Hawthorn logs are good to last,
If cut in the fall.
Holly logs will burn like wax,
You should burn them green.
Elm logs like smouldering flax;
No flames to be seen.
Pear logs and apple logs,
They will scent your room.
Cherry logs across the dogs
Smell like flowers in bloom.
But ash logs all smooth and gray,
Burn them green or old,
Buy up all that come you way,
They’re worth their weight in gold.

Fleeces for sale 2016 / 2017

A few of our fleeces for sale
Pure Jacob Fleece raw: whole fleece, 900gr, lightly scoured, little vegetable matter, lovely mix of dark and white, 900gr

Jacob Fleece for Craft work : peg loom, spinning, felting
Jacob Fleece craft work peg loom spinning felting
Jacob Fleece for Craft work : peg loom, spinning, felting
Jacob Fleece for Craft work : peg loom, spinning, felting
Jacob Fleece for Craft work : peg loom, spinning, felting




A lovely mix of the Brown and White colours in this pure Jacob fleece, lightly scoured, very little vegetable matter, no grey, a few parts will need a bit more carding for spinning than some of our best fleeces, perfectly good for felting and peg loom weaving. 1.45 kg

A bigger fleece, more white than most, lovely long staple, a little bit of grey, lightly scoured, very little vegetable matter, 1.8kg

First fit, Mark 1, Insect palace

insect palace mark one, pallets, tiles, homes for bugsFirst stage in the build creating homes for bugs, winter shelter, bird bath, insect feeding point.
A great way to use up pallets, old tiles, broken crocks, hollow stemmed weeds, straw, cones, rolled up feed bags, old roofing, left over pond liner.
Now to hope we get more than slugs and wasp nests !!

Informal Woolly Day – Thurs 21st July

Informal Woolly Crafty day this Thursday 21st July
Victory Hall, Benderloch : – 11 am to 4 pm
A get together to spin, weave, knit, felt, chat, share our love of
fibre craft together.
Light refreshments
Bring whatever you are working on, come and chat, try out something new, relax and enjoy.infoma da 216

Full Feedstore list and prices for Summer 2016

All updated and uploaded : our new feed store list of products and prices.

There is over 50 pages of feed, bedding and supplements from a huge range of manufacturers for Dogs, Cats, small Pets, Poultry, Livestock, Horses and ponies.

These can be ordered from us, we have regular deliveries; and collected from the farm where we are open daily.

Fleece washing in the summer sun (and showers)

With all our Jacob ewes, gimmers and wedders shorn the next job is to get the fleeces sorted, skirted, washed and dried ready for sale to crafters, spinners, felters and weavers.
We have a few fleeces that are ideal for felting as a rug. Others make lovely fibre for creating with.
wool drying jacob fleece-wm

wool blue face leicester x jacob fleece-wm

wool sorting fleeces-wm

May is always a blaze of colour in Argyll

Rhododendrons have a bad press due to R.ponticum being such a thug when it gets loose in the wild. The hybrids however are well behaved, and bring us stunning colour, forms, and even fragrance from some. This blue flower of the dwarf rhody Bluetit is one of our oldest plants, now around 45 years old. The vivacious pink Linda is a popular lady, a riot of colour; others are more discrete, with exquisite detail.

rhody linda DSCF4555unnamed white rhody DSCF4556