Blocked On Twitter

Blocked On Twitter

On Thursday I posted my usual good morning Mayo tweet. I think I said "mist rising, birds singing, one duck quacking", it was accompanied by a video of the sun rising over the lake. About 20 mins later when I tried to get into Twitter again I got a message saying,

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The House Is Very Silent Today

The House Is Very Silent Today

So for the first time in months, the house is silent. I have my office in the house, and all summer long I’ve been interrupted with the comings and goings of the junior shepherds and their friends

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We Had A Visitor This Weekend

We Had A Visitor This Weekend

We had a lovely visit on Saturday afternoon. It was from a young chef Shana Murphy working in Adare Manor.  Shana is  one fo the six finalists in the Euro toques Your Chef Of The Year competition.

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Rowan Berries Who Knew?

Rowan Berries Who Knew?

I was out again yesterday evening, walking the dogs and foraging (translate as picking some wild berries).

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The French Retail Sheep Dairy Category Is Exploding

The French Retail Sheep Dairy Categor...

The French love good food but they also spend a lot of time looking after and paying attention to their gut or digestive health.

We were away last week for a few days. We stayed on the French German border

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How can farmers reduce climate change ? Here's one way.

How can farmers reduce climate change...

Climate change and climate targets are headline news at the moment, and farmers are not always coming out of the media discussions in a favourable light. I've heard a lot of journalists asking farming lobby representatives to specify examples of how farmers can overcome climate change. 

With this in mind I wanted to show what we do to try to overcome climate change, here on the Velvet Cloud farm. so I posted a video from one of our fields over the weekend.  In the video I was talking about one of the ways we’ve been managing the land for several years now.  It’s one of our efforts to be more environmentally friendly and to contribute to overcoming climate change.  The video got a reaction so I thought it might be of interest to you here.  

Our ewes are grass fed but as well as grass we also sow white clover along with the grass.  Clover is what is called a “nitrogen fixer”, the plant has little nodules in its roots which contain bacteria, these clever bacteria are  able to convert Nitrogen in the atmosphere into a usable type of nitrogen which can enrich the soil. When this happens the need to spread artificial chemical nitrogen fertilizers on the land is reduced, which is good for everyone.  In addition, the girls love the taste of white clover and so eat lots of it and the more they eat the more they produce the fresh creamy sheep’s milk which we all love.

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Recipe ideas to impress visitors over the long bank holiday weekend:

Recipe ideas to impress visitors over...

Pancakes for lunch or brunch – adding Velvet Cloud yogurt makes them extra fluffy.

Warm porridge bread, spread

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We Were On The Television Yesterday- An Outside Broadcast

We Were On The Television Yesterday- ...

We had a fascinating morning yesterday. We were invited to Knockranny House Hotel, by the television programme Ireland AM to do a piece about Mayo food producers. We were in the great company of 

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We had a great weekend, hope you did too?

We had a great weekend, hope you did ...

Hope you managed to get a break this weekend? As hoped himself and myself had a lovely one. We enjoyed a lovely dinner with friends in Galway

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How Our Customers Are Using Velvet Cloud

How Our Customers Are Using Velvet Cloud

What we love most is when customers get in touch or give us feedback, or share how they are using Velvet Cloud, this week we’ve some from you our lovely customers, and some mentions in the media, which might inspire.

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