‘The New Homesteader’ Book Out Spring 2016



Our first book The New Homesteader published by Ryland Peters & Small is due out on the 10th March 2016 and is available to pre-order now.


The New Homesteader

“A Taste of The Good Life” with Nick & Bella – keeping hens – in May issue of Country Living



Interview by Ruth Chandler. Photographs by Andrew Montgomery. Recipe by Alison Walker.


A gentle introduction to keeping hens in the May issue of Country Living magazine…


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Garden planning, and compost making.



The sun is out and we’re anticipating the year ahead. Last year Andrew Montgomery and the Country Living team came to film our endeavours at Walnuts Farm. Here’s a little hint of what’s to come.


How to make butter with Country Living at Walnuts Farm




Making butter is a really simple and satisfying kitchen craft and produces delicious results very quickly. For this short film,  we made the process of butter making even simpler by using a kitchen blender to beat the double cream until it separated out into clumps of yellow butter and liquid buttermilk.

Clothes drying in the land of fog and bog



On those damp Winter days when the smoke from the chimney hangs around in the yard, and if it’s not actually raining then it feels like you’re walking through a cloud, getting clothes dry without resorting to the spin drier can be a chore. As children we used to have a clothes ‘horse’, over which we draped damp clothes to dry, or to warm them a little on a cold morning before putting them on. I’m not quite sure what happened to our last one, but recently Libby from Dulverton Trading kindly sent us their version – the Airy Fairy, which hooks onto the front of an Aga or Rayburn and serves a similar purpose. It uses the residual heat from the range to gently dry and air the clothes.



Unlike our old clothes ‘horse’ it has the advantage that it can be folded when off duty and lodged in some out of the way spot, and it’s become a favourite with the girls who have taken to using it as the ‘barre’ during ballet practice.


Nick & Bella’s “A Taste of the Good Life” – starting the kitchen garden – in April issue of Country Living



Interview by Ruth Chandler. Photographs by Andrew Montgomery. Recipe by Alison Walker.