by Max Akroyd

Gardening isn’t always top of our childrens’ holiday ‘to do’ list. Sometimes they can be tempted into a bit of sowing. Feeding animals and picking raspberries are tasks that meet with approval more regularly. But to salvage serious subsistence activity from the gluey clutches of half-term distractions requires the offer of some serious foraging.

Fortunately our friends in Carhaix have lots of windfalls on offer. Bucket loads of beautiful chestnuts and a fair few apples were gathered up. The former are mainly required to fatten up our pigs prior to slaughter – it was very satisfying to discover recently that peasants farmers in seventeenth century England did a very similar thing.

Not a 17th century peasant

Not a 17th century peasant