The Green House at Hollinlee https://www.hollinlee.co.uk Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:35:25 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 107348137 Fruit and Vegetable Harvest https://www.hollinlee.co.uk/fruit-vegetable-harvest/ Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:56:50 +0000 https://www.hollinlee.co.uk/?p=861 2016 has seen another good crop of both fruit and vegetables, although some have fared better than others.  The tomatoes weren’t so good, possible because we kept forgetting to water them, but the grapevines seemed to thrive on this neglect and we have a bumper harvest this year.  We’ve also had carrots, peas, beans, beetroot, […]

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2016 has seen another good crop of both fruit and vegetables, although some have fared better than others.  The tomatoes weren’t so good, possible because we kept forgetting to water them, but the grapevines seemed to thrive on this neglect and we have a bumper harvest this year.  We’ve also had carrots, peas, beans, beetroot, turnip, kale, lettuce, leeks and of course potatoes.  Only a small amount of each but they really do taste quite different to most shop bought, and it’s so much more satisfying all round.

The plum tree didn’t do so well, but there were more than enough to make these yummy muffins.

Plum and Almond Muffins

Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cases.

In a bowl, whisk 3 large eggs with 150g caster sugar.

Stir in 25g melted butter, then fold in 175g self-raising flour, 25g ground almonds and 3 stoned, finely chopped plums.  Be careful not to overmix.

Scatter with flaked almonds and bake for 20-25 mins.

Plum and Almond Muffins

Plum and Almond Muffins

 

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Walking in The Ettrick Valley https://www.hollinlee.co.uk/walking-ettrick-valley/ Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:36:15 +0000 https://www.hollinlee.co.uk/?p=859 The Green House is situated in some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland and is ideal for walking. Guests are able to set off on a variety of walks right from the doorstep, from short easy routes through to more challenging hill climbs. Clearly visible from The Green House is the cairn on top […]

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The Green House is situated in some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland and is ideal for walking. Guests are able to set off on a variety of walks right from the doorstep, from short easy routes through to more challenging hill climbs.

Clearly visible from The Green House is the cairn on top of Kikhope Hill, where the above photo was taken from. Some guests spot this as soon as they get out of their car and immediately plan to get up there as soon as possible! Kids and adults alike love the fact that you can look down on the whole village of Ettrickbridge and spot The Green House with it’s living roof.

The Ettrick & Yarrow Valleys website has a great selection of local walks to choose from.

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Bees and Honey https://www.hollinlee.co.uk/bees-and-honey/ Sat, 16 Jul 2016 12:06:02 +0000 https://www.hollinlee.co.uk/?p=853 Mark started beekeeping about 10 years ago. Over the years he’s had mixed fortunes – sadly in the harsh winters some hives were lost but after restocking with black bees from Colonsay in 2013 a fair amount of honey has been cropped. It is fascinating to look inside the hives and see the bees at […]

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Mark started beekeeping about 10 years ago. Over the years he’s had mixed fortunes – sadly in the harsh winters some hives were lost but after restocking with black bees from Colonsay in 2013 a fair amount of honey has been cropped.

It is fascinating to look inside the hives and see the bees at work. The above photo is a close up of a frame showing different coloured pollens (from different flowers) and a few cells of grub with bees busily working away beside them.

This year hasn’t been very productive unfortunately, but hopefully we’ll have more honey available to buy next year.

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Chickens, Eggs & Cake https://www.hollinlee.co.uk/chickens-eggs-cake/ Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:12:39 +0000 https://www.hollinlee.co.uk/?p=847 We first started keeping poultry back in 2009 with ten mixed pekin bantams. We wanted a breed that was easy to handle with a good nature and as child-friendly as possible, these girls fitted the bill perfectly. Only one small problem – their ping pong ball sized eggs. After several years it became increasingly frustrating […]

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We first started keeping poultry back in 2009 with ten mixed pekin bantams. We wanted a breed that was easy to handle with a good nature and as child-friendly as possible, these girls fitted the bill perfectly. Only one small problem – their ping pong ball sized eggs. After several years it became increasingly frustrating to be constantly buying mixed corn but not getting much in return. (Except of course their good company and happy nature.)
So last year we decided to try hatching out some Barnevelder eggs, kindly donated by good friends, using one of our broody pekin bantams. Another trait of pekins bantams is that they make excellent mothers. Sure enough after 21 days of waiting and watching we were delighted when 5 little chicks hatched out. You can see some photos of them hatching out in our Gallery.
This year they have provided us with the most delicious eggs. We have enough to give all our guests ½ dozen on arrival with plenty leftover for me to bake welcoming cakes too.
My current favourite bake is this summery lemon and olive oil loaf. It is particularly useful as the olive oil helps it to keep longer.
Here is the recipe.

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

175g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
175g olive oil
175g caster sugar
zest and juice of 1 large lemon

Line 2 small (1lb) loaf tins (or you could use 1 x 2lb loaf tin).
Beat the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients mixing to a batter like consistency.
Bake at 180C for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

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African visitors https://www.hollinlee.co.uk/african-visitors/ Sun, 15 May 2016 08:21:35 +0000 http://185.116.215.111/~greenhouse/?p=640 The post African visitors appeared first on The Green House at Hollinlee.

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The first swallows arrived back in the first week of May.  It’s always such a heartening sight and sound reminding us that spring has well and truly sprung.  For the past couple of years we’ve had swallows nesting in the porch of The Green House.  Lovely you might think, however it’s a messy business when they decide to build their nest right on top of the security lights. On their first visit some very kind and ingenious guests constructed a makeshift nursery out of a strawberry punnet to avoid the whole nest collapsing under the weight of the growing chicks.

Last year I put up a fake nest away from the door to avoid the dropping mess on the doorstep, which they were happy to use, but frustratingly this year they have gone back to their original preferred spot.  The flower pot beneath has been moved to avoid being splattered…

Update 28th June – the precariously balanced nest is full of fat baby swallows ready to test their wings.

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Lambing Time https://www.hollinlee.co.uk/lambing-time/ Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:40:15 +0000 http://185.116.215.111/~greenhouse/?p=638 The post Lambing Time appeared first on The Green House at Hollinlee.

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April is a busy month all round.  Not only do the lambs start arriving but The Green House is always full with guests taking short breaks over the Easter holidays.

The weather was not kind at the start of the month which has not made for an easy lambing.  Sadly this little lamb was orphaned and had to live in the kitchen for a couple of days.  Now, thankfully, the sun has come out and he is able to explore outside the outside world.  Soon he will be out in the filed with the other 20 new arrivals and their mothers

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