My new project……..Nestledown.


It will soon be time to leave our beloved Riverside. ……after almost 8 happy years here.  We  have been unfortunate in not being able to find a longterm rental property that will allow us to keep our rescue dogs or any livestock….and we simply cannot part with them…..So we came up with a plan in order that we could all stay together and carry on our permaculture/ low impact living journey.


I am not saying it will be easy..far from it.. there are many struggles ahead…. but we will at least be facing them together…and living lightly on the earth whilst we find our way….. Please read more about our planned low impact off grid future via this link Nestledown.. our new home


Thank you! x

Our homemade Polytunnel!

Ma Larkin:

Lovely blog.

Originally posted on Our Holistic Garden:

One of our first big goals at the smallholding this year was to build our own polytunnel. This structure is useful for growing tender crops, starting to sow crops earlier(pre-cultivating), extending the growing season and to offer us warm shelter when the rainstorms come around!


Materials for construction


Soil cultivated before the building work starts on the measured area


Measurements made, holes ‘pinch-barred’, metal posts thumped in soil a metre for stability, plastic tubing measured, cut and fitted…We should have enough bought a 100m of it!


Wooden ‘footer’ boards screwed together and secured to the metal posts, wooden door frame being made in this picture


Poly-tunnel sheeting fitted, tightened and secured down with more wooden footer boards, this is a hard job for two people, next time we will recruit a few others to help. But we managed it!


Just getting finished with the sheeting, then its onto building 2…

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Five star forever home wanted for two experienced driving ponies. Palominos. Matching pair



Sadly due to circumstances beyond my control, this year I will need to find a 5 star forever home for Bunny and Crystal, my two beautiful driving ponies. Aged 11 and 12. Such special girls xxx
They are palomino standard shetlands (Big chunky strong ponies)  They have competed in driving competitions and drive really well as a pair and as singles or as part of a team of four. (They have done all three and worked as a unicorn too (Unicorn =three ponies harnessed together, two behind one.)
They are full sisters and a lovely matching pair. Really eye-catching when working together. Good to do in all ways.. They live on fresh air..Are not laminitic. Will live out all year (with a shelter)
They are both currently worked barefoot and are sound as a pound, but they can be shod if needs be and are both excellent for the farrier. Good to box. Great in the stable or tied up. Good to handle in all ways/ groom/ tack up/ bath/ harness/ put to the carriage etc..
Both have been lightly ridden by my nervous daughter , Crystal more so….. and so they are suitable as lead rein ponies for lightweight jockeys but have done very little serious work off the lead…They are not novice rides. .But they are happy to be led about.

They enjoy driving far more than ridden work but are adaptable and easy going girls with enough va va voom to make them really fun and exciting too. They drive well in all paces and are more suitable for someone who knows how to drive as they are very responsive. They are good in traffic / farm traffic / passing cattle, dogs etc.

Please only enquire if you are serious about offering them a longterm home where they can stay together for ever. I am sobbing as I type this as we will miss them so very much.  This is a heartbreaking decision for me and my daughter, so I’d love them to go somewhere where I can stay in touch by email or phone etc.. Open to serious offers or longterm loan considered for the right people.  Sadly their harnesses and carriages are not available.   But they have outdoor and stable rugs each.

My daughter riding Crystal

My daughter riding Crystal


Leave a comment below if you have any further questions.

Based in Lincolnshire UK.. Prefer to sell or loan out locally. Thank you.


Blessings Naomi xx