The Cottage Smallholder

stumbling self sufficiency in a small space

Belated Happy Birthday

guinea and mashWe’d been looking forward to the blog’s birthday, crossing off the days as we sailed into August. This morning I realised that we’d missed it. Yesterday the blog was two years old.

So tonight we raised two large glasses of sloe vodka to the blog. It has bought us so much joy.

My mum always says that when she wakes on my birthday she lies in bed and thinks of watching the dawn break on the morning that I was born. She tells me how happy she was – a new life sleeping beside her.

Our blog snoozes beside us at night and has taken us on an amazing journey over the past two years. Writing every day I’m always searching for new material. I look and listen closely and enjoy a much more reflective life.

The Cottage Smallholder blog was born on a cold, wet August weekend. It has had a massive impact on our lives.

Thank you for reading this blog.

It encourages us to grow.

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  1. Fiona Nevile

    Hello Hank

    Really pleased that you enjoy reading my blog. Yours is awesome.

    Have finally developed the ultimate wet cure bacon recipe. Going to publish it soon on the site!

  2. Congrats, Fiona! I’ve enjoyed reading about your journey. Eat some bacon for me!

  3. Fiona Nevile

    Hello Sara

    I’ve missed you but quite understand. I’ve been really stretched for months with so little time to read the blogs that I enjoy.

    Glad that you have a new venture – sounds exciting and you have the determination to make it succeed!

    It’s Cloud in the photo. Gentle and sweet with a bit of a nightmare husband. He is caring when it comes to Cloud but a daemon with the hens – he’d love Carol as a bit on the side 🙂

  4. farmingfriends

    Happy Birthday, I love to read your blog. Unfortunately I haven’t visited as often as I would like as I have been busy starting a new venture and I miss dropping in. I love the picture of your guinea fowl. Here’s to many more blog birthdays.
    Best Wishes
    Sara from farmingfriends

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