Pippin & Gile Blog

A walk in the woods. A walk through time.

Walking through the ancient woodlands of the Wye Valley on the Welsh Borders. I was enjoying the towering beeches and the oaks, the natural regeneration of other species underneath them. The peregrines calling as they flew over head, the alarm calls of the smaller birds as they stired and listening to the tawny owls settle back down for the day.

Chutney Making

How to make a traditional apple & onion chutney

It’s that time of year again when the berries, and fruits are calling out for our attention.

Growing up on small holding in rural Surrey, I was raised producing these preserves year-on-year to store the garden’s produce. This recipe is adapted from a Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food recipe from WW2 and is commonly referred to by friends and family now as Chaldon Chutney after the village I grew up in.

In the Woods – January Tallow Candles

As the nights were getting longer, I was intrigued about natural ways to bring light to camp. I’d collected some clay from Pippin Wood and wanted to make use of this too. A plan for my next experiment was forming. I started experimenting with making candles. First step was to make thumb pots out of the clay and air-dry them.

Tales in the Tipi Returns to Talybont-on-Usk

Dates for the diary After the success of Tales in the Tipi last autumn we are returning to Gilestone Farm, Talybont-on-Usk for 2019. Tales in the Tipi will follow the seasons, marking the start of each new season. Each evening will have a children’s event and an adult event too. Welcoming in Spring on the