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  • hilly 3:46 pm on October 5, 2017
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    October at Woodlands Farm: sloe gin, Apple Day, half-term activities and ecological surveys 

    Hedgerow liqueurs 2017 poster

    There’s lots going on at Woodlands Farm during October: a Hedgerow Liqueurs course on Sunday, the annual Apple Day fête, half-term activities for children and the regular range of ecological surveys.

    Hannah, the Education Officer at the farm, wrote with details of the Hedgerow Liqueurs course:

    HEDGEROW LIQUEURS
    Sunday 8th October 2017     12.00—4.30pm
    Price £12 (£8 members)  18+ years only
    Sloes are scarce, so we will be using a mixture of fresh picked fruit and frozen fruit, to make together our delicious sloe gin this year, in good time for Christmas
    Bring your own gin or spirit of choice together with at least a one litre, wide neck (>2.5cm) container. Kilner type jars, 1.5 litre, will be available at cost price. Sugar and sloes will be provided by Woodlands Farm.
    Book early via the Farm Office, numbers limited

     

    Sloe berries at Woodlands Farm

    Sloe berries at Woodlands Farm

    Apple Day Poster 2017 colour A4

    This is followed by the annual Apple Day fair on the following Sunday:

    Join us for a celebration of traditional British apples on Sunday 15th October 2017, from 11am-4pm. Discover and buy many different types of traditional British apples. There will be a variety of activities including a treasure hunt, apple pressing to make delicious juice, stalls selling local produce, including our own honey and home-made jams, cakes and try some Kentish Cider. A great day out for all the family. Entry is free, but donations are welcome and go towards the running of the Farm. No parking on site. Please use public transport.

    Archy, the farm’s new Manx Loaghtan ram, should be out in the field with the ewes by then: he’s getting a bit frustrated in his current home in the barn. The farm will also be getting some longhorn cattle soon as they start to focus more on rare breed animals.

    Archy, the farm's new Manx Loaghtan ram

    Archy, the farm’s new Manx Loaghtan ram

    At the end of the month it’s half term week, and as usual the Farm have laid on some interesting and educational activities for children. Again Hannah wrote with the details:

    October Half Term Events
    Wednesday 25th October   Farm Rhymes and Riddles 1pm-3pm £2 per child
    Test your skills at solving rhymes and riddles as you try our trail. Can you figure out what animal each riddle is about, while exploring the farm. Work them all out and get a prize! There will also be a chance to meet some of our animals. No need to book just drop in.
    Thursday 26th October   Leaf Lanterns 10am – 12noon and 1pm-3pm £4 per child
    Join us for an autumn walk round the farm to find out about different types of trees and leaves. We will be collecting what we find to then use to make and decorate a leaf lantern to take home. Booking is essential, to book call 020 8319 8900.
    Friday 27th October     Halloween Trail and crafts 11am-3pm £3 per child.
    Halloween is just round the corner so join us for a day of spooky crafts. There will be a creepy animal facts trail round the farm where you can find out all the gruesome and scary things about British wildlife. Come dressed up to get in the full spooky spirit. No need to book, just drop in.

     

    Some of the farm's awards this year

    Some of the farm’s awards this year

     

    The farm’s regular schedule of ecological surveys continues through the month. Previous months have seen surveys of pond life, bees, moths, bats and wild flower meadow plants (lots of magical missile-repelling Corky Fruited Water Dropworts), and the first mammal surveys. The mammal surveys continue this month and there is the last of the monthly bee walks of 2017. The currently planned survey activities for October are:

    Wednesday 11th October 3.30pm – Mammal survey setting up traps
    Thursday 12th October, 9am – Mammal survey collect traps
    Tuesday 17th October, 3.30pm – Mammal survey setting up traps
    Wednesday 18th October 9am – Mammal survey, collect traps
    Wednesday 18th October, 2pm – Bee walk – last of the year
    Monday 30th October, 10am – Dipping pond maintenance. Wellies or waders recommended!

    If you’d like to help with the wildlife surveys contact Hannah Ricketts on education@thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org

    Sexing a Wood Mouse


    Sexing a Wood Mouse

    Common Carder Bee at Woodlands Farm

    Common Carder Bee at Woodlands Farm

     
  • hilly 11:47 am on September 20, 2015
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    Sloe down 

    Hedgerow liqueurs 2015 poster

    It’s autumn and the wild fruit is ripe at Woodlands Farm: the season to slowly forage for sloes and damsons and prepare some sloe gin. Maureen from the farm wrote to tell us about a chance to make some Hedgerow Liqueurs next Saturday:

    Hedgerow Liqueurs
    Saturday 26 September 2015 10am-4pm
    Price: £20 (£15 members) 18+ years only
    Join us for a tramp and forage around the hedgerows, followed by sloe gin making. Bring your own gin or spirit of choice together with at least a one litre, wide-neck container. Alternatively, Kilner type jars, 1.5 litre, will be available at cost price. Sugar, sloes and wild damsons will be provided by Woodlands Farm. Book early as numbers are limited. Please dress appropriately for outdoor activities.
    To book your tickets go to our website at: http://www.thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org

    Tickets are available through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hedgerow-liqueurs-tickets-18554315457

    Sloe Berries at Woodlands Farm

    Sloe Berries at Woodlands Farm

    Sloe Berries at Woodlands Farm

    Sloe Berries at Woodlands Farm

     
  • hilly 8:54 am on September 25, 2014
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    Sloe, sloe quick sip sloe 

    Hedgerow Liqueurs 2014

    Hannah from Woodlands Farm e-mailed to say that the sloes on the farm are ready to be harvested already, a lot earlier than usual, so they have hastily arranged their annual Hedgerow Liqueurs day for Saturday 4th October 2014 :

    Join us for a tramp and forage around the hedgerows, followed by sloe gin making.
    Bring your own gin or spirit of choice together with at least a one litre, wide neck (>2.5cm) container. Alternatively, Kilner type jars, 1.5 litre, will be available at cost price. Sugar, sloes and wild damsons will be provided by Woodlands Farm.
    Book early via the Farm Office, numbers limited
    Please dress appropriately for outdoor activities and bring a packed lunch

    9.45am—3.30pm
    Price £15 (£10 members)
    18+years only

    You can contact the farm to book a place by phone on 020 8319 8900 or by e-mail on woodlandsft@aol.com

    There’s another new arrival to visit at the farm: a British White calf  born recently, seen below with her mother Clover.

    Clover the British White and her new calf at Woodlands Farm

    Clover the British White and her new calf at Woodlands Farm

     
  • hilly 6:32 pm on October 14, 2013
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    Delicious Hooch 

    Hedgerow Liqueurs flyer

    Autumn is a fruitful foraging season, and Woodlands Farm is a fruitful place to forage for sloe berries and wild damsons. They will be foraging on Saturday, and using some of the fruit they gather to make Sloe Gin. Barry Gray from the farm wrote with details:

    I attach a flyer for our autumn forage for sloes and wild damsons, with an opportunity to make sloe gin. This is a chance to see Woodlands Farm in autumn, hunt for wild fruit in the hedgerows and learn to make delicious country liqueurs in time for Christmas. Every participant leaves with a bottle of delicious hooch!

    HEDGEROW LIQUEURS

    Saturday 19th October 2013
    1.00—5.00 pm
    Price £8 (£5 members)
    18+ years only
    Join us for a tramp and forage around the hedgerows, followed by sloe gin making.
    Bring your own gin or spirit of choice together with at least a one litre, wide neck (>2.5cm) container. Alternatively, Kilner type jars, 1.5 litre, will be available at cost price. Sugar, sloes and wild damsons will be provided by Woodlands Farm.
    Book early via the Farm Office, numbers limited

    Please dress appropriately for outdoor activities

    You can contact the farm to book a place by phone on 020 8319 8900 or by e-mail on woodlandsft@aol.com

    Just so you know what to look for there are some photos below of sloe berries on the blackthorns at the farm, and there’s a Sloe Gin recipe in a previous post.

    Sloe Berry at Woodlands Farm

    Sloe Berry at Woodlands Farm

    Sloe Berries at Woodlands Farm

    Sloe Berries at Woodlands Farm

     
  • hilly 5:32 pm on February 22, 2013
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    Special offer at the Jasmine Restaurant 

    Detail of the Kapalishvara Temple, Chennai

    Detail of the Kapalishvara Temple, Chennai

    Avzol from the Jasmine Restaurant on Shooters Hill e-mailed about my search for the perfect naan, and with a special offer for e-shootershill readers. He wrote:

    Special offer for all at E-Shooters Hill  and also for your readers and subscribers. 20% Off* on all collections and deliveries at The Jasmine Restaurant until 19/03/2013.

    *when paid in cash 10% otherwise, offer excludes king prawn dishes, chef’s specials and drinks.

    Avzol thought that the secret of a perfect naan was in the preparation and freshness of the dough; they make their dough just before the restaurant opens and keep it chilled,  but they only make enough dough balls to last the evening, so it’s fresh every day. In his wide and long experience of tasting naan, he has “never found any naan tastier than those made by street vendors across India and Bangladesh, I suspect their over use of ghees make it that much more tastier”. So the more fat, the more flavour but the less healthy! At the Jasmine they aim to provide healthier food by using fresher ingredients and less salt, oils and ghee.

    Seems like a good excuse to go for a curry.

    The Jasmine Restaurant

    The Jasmine Restaurant

     
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