Thursday, February 15, 2007

Walk Two Hundred and Ninety-Six – Hill End Farm and Childwickbury cheese

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Mild, windy and some clouds. Flo was back early today from her work experience, so was able to look after Xavier who was fast asleep after a night of being sick. He’s well now, but exhausted.

Flo is spending the half-term week working at Childwickbury goat farm, milking goats, vaccinating them, helping them when they give birth. She’s also helped out with making their delicious cheese (Childwickbury and Verulamium). The Childwickbury is a delicious, delicate fresh tasting cheese (goat’s milk cheese for people who don’t generally like goat’s milk cheese) and the Verulamium is a lovely soft matured goat’s milk cheese. I generally buy at least one of these cheeses once a week at the cheese stall at St Albans Saturday market. They can also be bought at Neal’s Yard Dairy and I think, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. It’s a joy to be able to buy a really superb local product and have it put into a paper bag by Elizabeth – the master cheesemaker, herself. If you live in St Albans and haven’t tried these cheeses yet – you must!

250mm x 150mm watercolour on Arches CP

3 Comments:

Blogger Felicity said...

It's been lovely to catch up on your blog and the latest paintings. When the year is up will you tell us how taking on the challenge has changed you - your art, weight, outlook, etc. I'd be interested to hear how it was and how you expected it to be.

8:45 am  
Blogger Penny said...

Fresh goats cheese, yum, lovely painting. I guess Xavier kept yo up all night too. The joys of mother hood.

9:15 am  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Felicity, I will summarise the year at the end. Yes Penny a night of mopping up sick - pretty exhausting

7:52 pm  

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