September in the Orchard

September in the Orchard

September in the Orchard Winter has officially finished and the first month of spring has arrived. This year has been the wettest winter since we purchased Chestnut Brae and the farm is still exceptionally wet. This has meant that it has been difficult to get into the...
‘Grandy’s Long Walk’ by Linda Stanley

‘Grandy’s Long Walk’ by Linda Stanley

 ‘Grandy’s Long Walk’ by Linda Stanley We were so excited when Linda Stanley’s book ‘Grandy’s Long Walk’ was featured on the podcast Radio WA Conversations with Barry Green – Western Tourist Radio A conversation,...
The Farm in August

The Farm in August

The Farm in August Water Chestnuts are a reed and grow in water, they are in fact a root tuber. In July this year I am sure our sweet chestnuts became water chestnuts.It rained almost every day of the month and we had the wettest and what felt like the coldest July in...
The Chestnut Orchard in July

The Chestnut Orchard in July

The Chestnut Orchard in July Chestnuts need around 600mm a year of water, mainly in the winter and cool weather when they are dormant. They got both this year. We have had an exceptionally wet and cold June which is ideal chestnut winter weather. The winter storms...
Blackwood Chestnut Ale wins Gold

Blackwood Chestnut Ale wins Gold

Blackwood Chestnut Ale wins Gold Blackwood Valley Brewing Company’s (The Cidery, Bridgetown) Blackwood Chestnut Ale has confirmed its reputation as one of the world’s best beers with its second Gold Medal at the 2021 Australian International Beer Awards. The 2021 Gold...
Orchard in June

Orchard in June

Orchard in June The harvesting has finished. Let me qualify that, the winter rains arrived two weeks early and forced the harvesting to be finished. There are still nuts on the ground, but these will be contaminated by fungus and will not be fit for human consumption....
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