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Holistic Therapies at Cae'r Bryniau

Posted on 17 January, 2016 at 7:30 Comments comments (0)

This last week saw another momentous stage in our plans, as Suzi launched Tonic for the Senses at Cae'r Bryniau. Please visit  http://www.tonicforthesenses.com for full details. 

After what seems an age the weather has abated and the pond (see the last entry) is receding. The livestock are all well. We have split some of the the male Soays from the rest of the herd, ready for Felix (our only 'complete' ram) to...

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Weather we like it here or not...

Posted on 10 January, 2016 at 13:30 Comments comments (0)

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda - Happy New Year!

We have been battered by some extreme weather this last few weeks. As I was told in the shop the other day, it has been 43 days of non-stop rain. Luckily we have had some respite in the last few days. Ok, there has been rain but not to the extent we have seen. The decision of the Met Office to name storms has coincided with us being battered by Storms Desmond and Eva in particular. Anglesey does benefit from mixed weather. The rainfall keeps the pla...

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A Year in the Province

Posted on 14 December, 2015 at 10:05 Comments comments (0)

Hello!

 

Yes, it is me – after an age I am back at the blog desk. No excuses, it’s just that we have had a very busy spring and summer and our B&B plans have been put back until next Spring due to a variety of reasons, some within our own control and not contractor-related!

 

As of today we have been here just over a year and our thoughts are turning to the next 12 months and the excit...

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Strictly Come Cockerel

Posted on 12 February, 2015 at 10:45 Comments comments (0)

Well, what a couple of weeks we have had. The weather on Anglesey has been varied, to say the least. After a very wet couple of weeks, it has got drier and colder. We have now discovered that the pond does need lining – the ducks are unlikely to like a stagnant puddle! Although it was full for most of December, as soon as the weather dried up the water level dropped, so there is a good supply but it doesn't hold. We have also decided that the pond needs to be bigger, so another digger h...

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Episode 4 - The first Christmas plus polytunnel and Library progress

Posted on 18 January, 2015 at 14:45 Comments comments (0)

My, how time flies! It is amazing to think that we have now been here for more than two months and we are now in 2015! Happy New Year, everyone!

In the run-up to Christmas and the arrival of various special guests we were determined to get the ‘Library’ up and running. This room will be a place with lots of our books, pictures, Elvis (more of whom later) and the piano. It will also double as our dining room and the B&B breakfast room.

The room had been formerly the...

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Episode 3 - The Land Rover arrives and holes are dug!

Posted on 24 December, 2014 at 4:15 Comments comments (1)

One of the advantages of living in the country is that you are required, by law, to take possession of a four-wheel drive vehicle, and being British the only four-wheel drive vehicle we are permitted to buy is a Land Rover. So off we toddled to the Land Rover emporium and came back with CCA. She is a beautiful 1981 Series III 88 inch in superb condition. She arrived home and settled in beautifully – even the chickens and cats took to her. She even agreed to Izzy and Mikey having a drive...

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Episode 2 - Chicken husbandry and other challenges

Posted on 15 December, 2014 at 7:05 Comments comments (1)

We left off at the last part of our story where we had just moved into Cae’r Bryniau and were loving exploring our new abode.


When we moved in we adopted 11 chickens (or rather 10 hens and a cockerel – of whom more later) and three cats. The cats are Fleegle, Bingo and Drooper, although we don’t know what happened to Snorky. For those not of a certain age the four characters were the Banana Splits, on TV in the 1970s – they bore no resemblance to cat...

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Welcome to the Cae'r Bryniau blog!

Posted on 17 November, 2014 at 11:15 Comments comments (0)

This is the first posting on the new Cae'r Bryniau blog. We moved into the property on 29th October. Cae'r Bryniau is a wonderful Welsh farm cottage, probably dating to the early 1800s, set in five acres just to the east of the west coast of Anglesey, some 20 minutes north of Holyhead.


When we said that we were going to give up the rat race and get a smallholding, we were deafened by the shouts of ‘Why?’ or ‘Have you done such a thing as that bef...

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