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May at the Inveralligin plots


CROFT7 Activities April - November 2013
Livestock on Croft7
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OUT THERE Nature Writing Festival 2012
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Of Boulders & Buttons

 If  you   head out across the boulder beach  at Carsaig on the  #Isle of Mull    you   will   surely find your way to  the ancient Nun's Cave,   both   the root & inspiration  of   Mrs Fingal's   existence   .   A place of refuge I spent  time at , many moons ago.
Here now in #Torridon   the rocks continue to inspire  ...with a kind winter behind us   &  slumbers  pretty short  this year  as I emerged into  spring .

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Full Moons   &   Reflections ...........
The last few  weeks  have been taken up with   festivities & family   and not surprisingly much felt ! It has been good to   stop  a while   , rest the shoulders  and simply enjoy getting out into our landscape   where the Full Moon  shone brightly (between lashings of rain I'll not deny !!). 
Much was made  of the fact that the  Full Moon  has  not fallen  on 25 Dec  , since 1977.

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 OF ELVES & MYSTICAL THINGS    It was  great to be back at the   #Poolewe Christmas Market on Saturday  .      Most of last week was dedicated to  felting production  in preparation for it  . So while  the  gales lashed hard rain at us   I    had the welcome task of  being  confined indoors to the felting table  .      It was  a joy to be  working with #Lincoln Longwool again too,   Ohho.

Mrs Fingal Felts

Welcome to  my  latest adventure .... sharing   my journey with  FELT through  a blog !   The beginning of a whole new  chapter  for me and one I hope proves fun .
I might even  become  more computer literate ...........
Here in the  inspiring landscape of   Torridon,  under  our  umbrella business CROFT 7  , Les &  I  produce , Artwork , Stories, Willows, Food  andFelt.
                     The latter   being the  domain  of Mrs Fingal 

May at the Inveralligin plots

Busy down at the Alligin willows and `Pick Your Own Plot` during a wet and windy early spring. Willow sales went well and some interesting customer projects, sales occurred through to mid May. 
On the Pick Your Own Plot, Potatoes 8 varities,Jerusalem Artichokes, Cabbage, Brocolli, Kales planted.  Raspberries and Soft Fruit bushes,
Strawberries now in flower so expect mid to late June fruits. 
Dye plant bed planted up and new strawberry bed to include white strawberry `pineapple`.

A range of Cottage Garden flowering plants available for planting out, Lupins, Jacobs Ladder, Verbascum, Geum, Pinks, Coreopsis, and more  £2.

waterall corry burn from the road fbridge

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Great unleashing of the forces of nature on 11th and 12th of August in Torridon, especially off of the mountains and the sea off of Inver Alligin light sand brown some diatance off shore and the road ...
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We have had a full calendar this year with an increase in workload and interesting visits to  craft work shows
throughout Scotland. We fitted in an holiday on the South Uist machair which refreshed us and gave great inspiration for the future.

We have continued to do work on the croft and are seeing the results in greater numbers of wildflowers breaking through the rushes which we cut back twice a year. Our ducks have produced more ducklings and we have had a steady return in eggs from the poultry and vegetables and fruit from our raised beds.

Croft7 April - September 2013

.  We have had a good egg production from our ducks, hens, geese this season but the hens became less viable with the changing weather patterns. We have five goslings and some new hens and a cockerel. We have continued to build up the fertility of our raised beds and have had a reasonable salad leaf, herb and potato harvest and have some leaves to continue through the winter months into next spring.

   We had a workshop visit from participants in a Growing Food in Woodlands workshop and seminar which Croft7 organised and hosted for the Community Woodland Association.

striding out

The Croft7 goslings are rapidly growing.

Goslings and dancing butterflies, wetland meadows. Life on the Croft.

Our three goslings are getting out and about with our goose and gander enjoying new life and sunshine. 

   We are trying to work out a decent regime for managing the land to encourage more of the wildflowers, meadow sweet, ragged robin, ladies smock, marsh marigold, scabious, sneezewort being some of them. The green veined white  butterflies have been busy at the ladies smock\  cuckoo flower plants probably laying eggs on the stems and leaves since this is a food plant for the species.