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January pollinators

What do we have around for any bees out in the increasingly mild month of January?

So far it’s been really wet here on the west, but very little snow around us.

In between the showers there are likely to be winter insects, even bees, out and about.

What do we have flowering for them?

Mahonia, Gorse, Ivy, Periwinkle, Hellebores, Snowdrops

There is strong growth on the other early bulbs, and plans to take lots of cuttings so that the Mahonia can be spread into hedge rows across the farm. The flowers and berries are edible too.

Beeswax wraps Jan 2020

Love giving old fabrics a new purpose : .
Each of these are 100% cotton and can be used many many times before they can be put on the compost heap.
The common sizes are 30 x 30 for £7 : 25 x 25 for £5 :
Mostly they are a variety of sizes, some designs in a mix of sizes, and some only one size that make the best use of the design or the cloth.

Some of these are available into the Made In Argyll shop in Oban on the pier. They are also available direct from the farm, including mail order. There is a paypal button beside each pattern. I will refund excess postage for multiple purchases.

Make 2020 the year we ditch the single use plastic, care for our planet, and these are such a lovely way to take a simple step.

dark blue fruits bees wax wrapFruits on dark blue background 30 x 30 cm beeswax wrap £7 + P&P
Apricot Dragonflies 30 x 30 cm bees wax wrap Apricot Dragonflies 30 x 30 cm bees wax wrap £7 + P&P
Cream burgundy green flowers beeswax wraps Cream burgundy green flowers beeswax wraps (small/medium) £6 + P&P
Green floral design on cream beeswax wrapGreen floral design on cream background small/medium beeswax wrap £6 + P&P
Bold apricot green peach flower pattern beeswax wrap 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P
geometric blue pink whiteGeometric blue pink white beeswax medium wrap 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P
Fawn grey white flowers  beeswax wrapFawn grey white flowers beeswax wrap £7 + P&P
blue white flowers beeswax wrapsBlue white flowers medium beeswax small/medium wrap £7 + P&P
Brown birds foliage beeswax wrapBrown birds foliage beeswax wrap £7 + P&P
Birds foliage green background beeswax wrapBirds foliage green background beeswax wrap £7 + P&P
grey cream burgundy geometric beeswax  wrapsGeometric grey cream burgundy pattern beeswax wrap £7 + P&P
Greens Browns paisley stripe beeswax wrap Greens Browns paisley stripe beeswax wrap 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P
Green pink rosettes beeswax wrapGreen pink white flowers cup beeswax wrap 27 x 25 cm £5 + P&P
Peach Green flowers and stripes 35 x 34 cm beeswax wrapPeach Green flowers and stripes 35 x 34 cm beeswax wrap £8 + P&P
Green small flowers beeswax wrapGreen small flowers beeswax wrap 31 x 28 cm £6 + P&P
Pink Roses on pink background beeswax wrapPink Roses on pink background beeswax small wrap 25 x 25 cm £5 + P&P
Blue flowers and ribbons beeswax wraps 2 packBlue flowers and ribbons beeswax wraps 2 pack of small 32 x 25 cm £9.50 + P&P
Horses riders green black white beeswax wraps large wrap 34 x 30 cm £8 + P&P
Beeswax wrap girl dog umbrella pinkBeeswax wrap girl dog umbrella pink medium size £7 + P&P

Burgundy green presents beeswax wrapsBurgundy green presents beeswax wraps 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P

purple blue flowersPurple Blue flowers Beeswax wraps 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P

browns greens landscape dots beeswax wrapsBrowns Greens landscape dots Beeswax wraps 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P
flowers on white background beeswax wrapFlowers on white background Beeswax wraps 30 x 30 cm £7 + P&P

Make Soil – Crowdsourcing the creation of new living soil

Soils are one of the most powerful carbon capture mechanisms .. and there are so many ways we want to learn to do more.

We have joined the Make Soil Compost Waste collection point network.. click on the logo to see our map entry 

MakeSoil is an online platform powering a global movement to make soil together on a planet-saving scale. Redefining composting as making soil, Soil Makers can easily and safely post their Soil Sites to our online map, and invite their neighbours and friends to contribute their food and yard scraps. Anyone, anywhere in the world, can use MakeSoil to find Soil Makers near them or start a Soil Site themselves. Together, we can reduce food waste, restore nutrients to our food, capture carbon in the ground, and beautify our neighborhoods.

Fleeces 2019

Fleeces for sale 2019

Jacob fleeces for sale .. in the raw, can be lightly scoured as extra. ..
all these fleeces can be posted out, cost depends on weight, and we only get to post office once a week ..
Manx wether fleece

1.2 kg – £12

Jacob 3/4 x Blue face leicester 1/4

2.6 kg  – £26

Pure Jacob fleece

1.6kg – £16


It’s not just woodland

We have several land management routes to support ourselves and our ecosystems into the future.
Creating Living Larders that can happen on a micro community level as well as on commercial agriculture / estate level will change our food ecosystems as well as creating massive carbon sequestration.
Repairing our soil biosphere : by many means including no dig gardening, forest gardens, regenerative agriculture and trees mixed is best.
Improving grasslands by regenerative livestock and no till agriculture that also gives us a lot of high quality low input protein, greens, etc as well as moving away from fossil fuel dependence for arable crops : chemicals, plastic, machinery, energy for drying, shipping, processing. As well as high dependence on water for irrigation.
Mixed woodland also gives us fruit, nuts, herbs, greens, vital mychorrizal activity that releases the as well as creating new micro habitats that allow more food species to be grown
The grasslands are the biggest carbon sink, the woodland the most long term stable.
We need all these, alongside the renewable energy, the reduction of plastic use and waste, and investment in innovation to find new solutions.. and each of us can do something to help right here, right now.

Alexander Technique lessons for 2019

Alexander Technique visits in 2019 (& Tellington TTouch Training) Benderloch

Erica and Judy are planning to visit us at Kintaline Farm, Benderloch on
May 31 to June 4 : July 12 – 16 : August 16 – 20 : and around Oct 11 – 15
We are soo fortunate to have the experience of different teachers, exploring the same basic technique from their unique perspectives.
Please let me know what lessons you would like to book .. places are limited for each visit.
If you are unable to come to any of our teachers this year, please also let me know you have received this email and to confirm you wish to remain on our list, (or not 🙂 it really helps to know – Thank you.
Erica Donnison has been a very popular teacher visiting us over the last 8 years and brings her unique skills in Alexander Technique, Tellington TTouch Training, Pose Running, and MBTI, to Argyll. Her enthusiasm, energy, and ever developing skills have inspired many of us. Can you benefit from her help in 2019? Erica works with both individuals and groups in all aspects of her work.
Pose running combined with the Alexander Technique helps runners re-find the way they used to run as children – free and fast!
Erica is particularly experienced in helping horse riders find a deeper seat and softer hands, and helps them work safely and calmly with their horses on the ground.
Her website is where you can learn more of her skills and experience.

About Judy Palmer, our new teacher last year.
After a career in nature conservation Judy has recently qualified as an Alexander Technique teacher, training at the Fellside Alexander School, Kendal. She received her own first lessons about 25 years ago, has had a long involvement with the technique and started teacher training in earnest from 2014. For herself, she has found particular benefits for frozen shoulder, computer use, gardening, cycling, horse riding, public presentations, and general living.

please feel free to ask any questions : Please contact Jill to Book your lessons :
email or call 01631 720223 to book
Please pass this information on to any one
you think might be interested in lessons.
(it would be wonderful if you can forward it to your mailing list if you have a relevant one to share the love)
and we have posters for local community boards etc if you can help put one up please

Alexander Technique is such a powerful technique, yet so gentle. Over the last 10 years we and others in the local area have found benefits for

    • stress
    • back pain
    • fibromyalgia
    • ME
    • hypertension
    • musical performance
    • teaching performance
    • physical occupations
    • theatre performance
    • sports performance – especially running & riding
    • arthritis
    • post operative recovery
    • effective use

Tellington TTouch Training for Horses is a training method which focuses on the link between posture and emotion to help horses cope better with situations that concern them. TTouch Training is also useful to help horses recover from injury or to cope with periods of box rest. Attending a TTouch Training session with Erica Donnison will help you to
Notice your horse’s posture and understand what it means
Improve your horse’s balance, coordination and flexibility
Help your horse be more relaxed and focussed on his/her work
Increase your horse’s confidence in difficult situations by helping him/her to act rather than react
Improve the working relationship between you and your horse

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® was developed to help us understand more about how we function and interact with others. It demonstrates how we take in information and make decisions to show how differences between people in these areas can lead to misunderstandings and conflict. Focusing on the positive in everyone, it helps us realise that people we find difficult to get on with are simply operating slightly differently. This new understanding helps us to interact with people with deeper understanding, making relationships easier. One of the most useful aspects is the concept of introversion and extraversion being about where people get their energy from rather than the more common usage of the words as shy or out-going respectively.

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tree hay

2019 – we are beginning to harvest tree hay for our sheep ..
So far we are limited by capacity of humans and space with what we can collect – hopefully both these will improve as I recover from my fibromyalgia, and we get to create more shelter.
There is so much bounty around. This is free food, for the labour.
It is also highly beneficial food, and more is being learned about additional benefits all the time.
The advice is to cut, bundle and dry the tree branches in a dark place to keep the most nutrition (otherwise our polytunnels would be a great place to hang the bundles!)
We have found that bundles need to be retied as they shrink.
Tannins in tree browse is an anthelminth – helps to keep worms away, affecting the instar stages of worms in the gut
Certain species are high in mineral – willow and zinc for instance.
We have lot to learn as to what our sheep will eat, what is most pallatible
A few notes
* nettles – leaves are cropped early, then seeds for ourselvs, after this then cropped to dry for tree hay.
* willow – we have a variety of species, some cut to feed green, the goat willow that we have coppiced in previous years is much more lush than older trees. The Viminalis is lush and so productive.
* alder is highly beneficial in our tree systems as it is a powerful nitrogen fixer, but is likely to be less useful for tree hay as it is not meant to be so edible.
* elder – we have started to regenerate our old elder trees, cutting some back really hard and they have just burst forth with masses of material. Elder is not meant to be particularly pallitable but it is certainly productive, and they have eaten it before, lets see what the winter brings.
* ash – a great fodder plant, we have several trees we will need to coppice as they are too close to power lines, so these will be a great source of tree hay in the future. Whilst it is not possible to buy ash because of the die back, we have a number here with seedlings popping up to be rehomed each year.
* aspen – is a tree hay plant livestock are meant to enjoy, we have some, and planting more, it is also so beautiful quivering in the wind.
* poplar – we have some really good big poplar trees that have been recently pollarded, and will be adding more to the hedgerows as they are fast growing, succulent and enjoyed by the sheep.
* hawthorn – whilst you have to be careful of the thorns of any of these plants the sheep love them .. more and more getting added to fencelines as well as fed over the fence through the summer.
* oak – we now have a number of lovely maturing oak trees, as well as new ones in the plantations, so will get more branches over the years to add to the variety in the tree hay.
* hazel
* rowan – such a wonderful berry tree, but we have quite a bit growing so will be able to add some to the tree hay menu
* birch –
* beech –