new beginnings in an old house
We are a husband and wife team living in a little welsh cottage in the Nantlle Valley of North Wales. We moved here in July 2016 and set to work creating our ideal home and smallholding. The cottage has views of Snowdonia from the back door, and a view to the sea from the front. We also enjoy a mild microclimate due to being so close to the sea. Not only does Emma grow plants for her little plant nursery, we also run a smallholding, keeping pigs, horses, and a herd of goats. We raise rare breed chickens and have a flock of runner ducks and geese. Every animal here is helping to transform the land. We still have many years ahead turning the land back into healthy grassland.
We hand milk twice a day and as well as enjoying the goats milk we do turn the odd litre or more into cheese. There was always going to be the need to make our smallholding profitable and so we created The Clean Goat Soap Company which was born from a true passion for our goats and as a way to use up the extra milk we have from our herd. The benefits of having healthier skin naturally was not lost on Emma as working outside in all conditions takes it's toll on the hands and face.
All of our goats have access to paddocks every day. We grow additional forage for them in our fields and their optimum health is our primary concern.
Emma is now in the process of creating a number of gardens here. She is the plantswoman in charge of producing the additional herbs and floral additions to the soaps. Everything is grown without chemicals and you are welcome to pop on to her website to see what plants she has for sale at The Blue Cottage Plant Nursery. The nursery opens in 2020.