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19/09/2018

For my birthday last year, number one son, Ben, bought me a range of hop plants. The idea being to grow our own hops for the Dizzy Pig brewing part of the Pool Cottage Smallholding adventure. We now have Cascade, Fuggles, Golding, Prima Donna and Northern Brewer hops,...

15/08/2018

Now the garage makeover is complete and we have the "Dizzy Pig" pub, it was time to have a more professional look to the beer we make at Dizzy Pig Brewing. Enter Mike from Tartan Dragon. Not only is he a great friend and neighbour, but he is also a graphic designer.

In...

15/08/2018

Having attended a one day blacksmiths day at Oldfield Forge in deepest darkest Herefordshire to learn the basics, we have now built our own small coke forge at Pool Cottage.

Made using re-cycled bits we seem to have collected over the years, as well as managements hair...

12/12/2017

The weekend of 9 - 10 December saw our worst snowfall in many years, we woke at first light to heavy drifts making it difficult to get to our animals, but they still need food and water even if we wanted to huddle down in front of the fire and TV!

Extra rations for the...

23/05/2017

With the majority of the exterior completed we were able to turn our attentions to the interior makeover of our garage. Measuring approximately 7 x 5 metres, it's a reasonable space to play with and having emptied the whole garage, apart from the clay oven, we had a bl...

08/05/2017

Last year we had 2 OSB/Large White cross pigs called Jake and Elwood. They were great fun and ultimately produced some epic meat which we are still enjoying. So

now the warmer weather is upon us, we wanted to have the joy of new little piglets running around the smallho...

06/05/2017

In the week after Easter we took things a little easier, since the garage roof was now watertight and some of the pressure was off. However, there was still much work to be done.

In the past, we've had a number of birds making their nest in the garage and to prevent thi...

25/04/2017

Work on the re-build began on 30 March with the removal of some of the front roof sheets, along with the original frontage, in order to assess the general state of the roof rafters. At this point we discovered that a number of the rafters as well as the complete front...

28/03/2017

Over the years, we have held a number of courses at Pool Cottage, including our Smoking and Curing Course and the Sausage Making Course. We have also hosted a number of local events such as the Poolhead Sausage Fest, Pie Fest and Showstopper Challenge. The main locatio...

24/03/2017

For many years there has been a 15m deep well at Pool Cottage, which is shared with our neighbour. Directly above the well is an old fashioned hand pump which was restored to working order nearly 20 years ago and still works when primed. However, next door, for many ye...

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