A New Year

2015.01.22

 

 

Nick and Bella have been married for 12 years and have spent the last nine years enthusiastically restoring Walnuts Farm and its surrounding five acres into a beautiful and productive model farm.

 

Nick and Bella have embraced the ‘good life’ along with their two daughters, Flora (10) and Peggy (7).  Their small family farm has an extensive kitchen garden surrounded by woven hazel fencing, a wild flower meadow, a coppice and open pasture, all of which have been created from a bare-field site by Nick and Bella.  Their aim to live off the land as much as possible means undertaking a schedule of planting fruit trees, tending to their wild flower meadow and kitchen gardens and nurturing the livestock consisting of poultry, pigs, sheep and honey bees.

 

With their simple and achievable approach of raising ‘just enough’ livestock and fruit and vegetables to happily feed a family of four throughout the year Nick and Bella adamantly believe that the good life does not have to be the hard life.

 

The family lifestyle has been serialised in Country Living magazine throughout 2014 where we were able to follow the work going on at Walnuts Farm and the food the family grow and eat.  A new series featuring Nick and Bella is to appear in Country Living from April 2015.

 

In addition to being the family home, Walnuts Farm is a successful film and photographic location where they regularly host fashion, interiors and advertising shoots for clients including L’Oreal, John Lewis, White Stuff, Kew, Rowan, Joules, Great Little Trading Company, Neal’s Yard, Net A Porter, Next, Lombok, Sony, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Gardens Illustrated, Homes and Gardens, and Port magazine.

 

 

Christmas at Walnuts Farm with Nick & Bella in December Country Living

2014.12.17

 

Photographs by Brent Darby. Food and drink editor Alison Walker. Styling by Ben Kendrick. Words by Louise Elliott.

Nick & Bella in November Country Living

2014.10.03

Photographs by Brent Darby. Food and drink editor Alison Walker. Styling by Caroline Reeves. Words by Louise Elliott.

Nick & Bella in October Country Living

2014.10.03

Photographs by Brent Darby. Food and drink editor Alison Walker. Styling by Caroline Reeves. Words by Louise Elliott.

Nick & Bella in September Country Living

2014.08.12

Photographs by Brent Darby. Food and drink editor Alison Walker. Styling by Ben Kendrick. Words by Louise Elliott.

Outdoor Cooking with Nick & Bella in August Country Living

2014.07.07

 

Photographs by Brent Darby. Food and drink editor Alison Wlker. Styling by Ben Kendrick. Words by Louise Elliott.

High Summer with Nick & Bella in July Country Living

2014.06.18

 

Photographs by Brent Darby. Food and drink editor Alison Walker. Styling by Caroline Reeves. Words by Louise Elliott.

Elderflower Season with Nick & Bella in June Country Living

2014.05.23

 

Photographs by Brent Darby. Food and drink Editor Alison Walker. Styling by Ben Kendrick. Words by Louise Elliott.

Wearing the Day

2014.05.14

 

At Walnuts Farm we wear the day on our Carhartts.

 

 

Campfire Cooking with Nick & Bella in May Country Living

2014.04.07

 

 

Photographs by Brent Darby. Food and drink editor Alison Walker. Styling by Caroline Reeves. Words by Louise Elliott.

 

Weaners arrive at Walnuts Farm

2014.04.07

 

Bella picked up two Oxford Sandy and Black gilts over the weekend – progeny of The Barnsnap Herd, and they’re already settling into their arc, and tucking in at the trough.

 

Smoking Trout at Walnuts Farm

2014.04.02

 

The opening of the trout season, and a big haul from Bewl Water is always a good excuse to get out the smoker…

We smoked over oak wood chips using a smoker from Outdoor Cook. The fish were all caught ‘low and slow’ on black and green lures, as is typical for this time of year. You can see more of us smoking trout and a recipe for hot smoked trout with beetroot and apple salad in the March 2014 issue of Country Living magazine.

 

Garlic planting at Walnuts Farm

2014.03.17

 

A quick roughen up with my Father’s 1960′s issue wooden handled ‘Wolf’ cultivator – and we’re ready to plant out the garlic that has been growing steadily in modules in the cold frames.

Last of the Brussels Sprouts.

2014.03.17

 

We usually keep our brassicas going as long as possible to help us over ‘the hungry gap’ – that time between the point when the stored vegetables are used up or spoiled, and the new season’s vegetables start to produce. But these Brussels Sprouts are coming out now to make way for the garlic going in. We can’t resist one more picking of the smallest sprouts for tonight’s supper with sausages and mash. Fittingly the remainder will go to the pigs.

Easter at Walnuts Farm with Nick & Bella in April Country Living

2014.03.05

Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday

2014.03.04

 

Today we’re flipping pancakes, and everyone ends up smiling…

 

The Bee Garden

2014.02.25

 

It’s always hard to remember the Summer when in the depths of even a mild Winter, but a few days of sunshine has got us planning the Spring sowing of the bee garden. Here’s last year’s in August…

 

A Hint of Spring…

2014.02.19

 

Four days after the traditional Valentines Day start to the egg season – these Buff Orpington cross pullets (seen here last Autumn) have at last started laying, and repaying us for all that Winter feed.

Great Little Trading Company at Walnuts Farm

2014.02.11

Savour Life at Walnuts Farm with Nick and Bella in Country Living magazine – March 2014

2014.02.06

 

Photographs by Brent Darby. Food and Drink Editor Alison Walker. Styling by Caroline Reeves. Words by Louise Elliott.