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Ffarm Moelyci Bulletin March 2017
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Ffarm Moelyci Bulletin March 2017

Curry Nights - All you can eat

We’ve had some glowing reviews of our latest curry nights.  The curries being full of flavour and there is plenty of food.  A lot of people are enjoying the atmosphere too, our newly refurbished barn (it’s for hire too!) and unobtrusive solar lighting down to help walking around the site.
 
How about we make this a monthly thing? Friday March 24th is our next one, all you can eat again!  Elen from Cae Gwyn will have a new menu so you can try something different, try everything even go back for seconds!
 
Booking is essential, on our website www.moelyci.org/events or give us a call on 01248 602 793

Blas Lôn Las

Sun is shining & we’re happy to welcome you all to share our new products & services here at Blas Lon Las Café & shop.

As seen on tv we now have local farm fresh milk from Madryn Isaf on the Llyn Penninsular on sale. The range consists of Whole Milk, Semi Skimmed, Skimmed  & the ultimate in milk Gold Top …unhomogonised milk with full cream, like milk used to be fresh from the cow…delicious. Fresh deliveries wed, fri & sat & you can pre-order by ringing the shop to make sure you don’t miss out!! Alongside the milk we also stock double cream ,whipping & single cream.

It will soon be mothers day so why not spoil mum by treating her to one of our special tea for two treats which we now offer. Includes a range of savoury treats & of course a range of scrummy cakes & all the tea & coffee you need to wash it all down all for £25. Pre –booking is advisable.

Also from the lleyn we are also offering a new range of yogurts from Daffodil foods. Velverty yogurts with layers of real fruit made from locally sourced milk which is cultured with bifidobacteria for a great healthy dessert option. No additives, no artificial flavourings.

This is just the tip of the iceberg…new items arriving every week….looking forwards to seeing you soon!!!
Carol Williams
Easter
Easter is a late one this year.  See our shop post to see what’s going on but so everyone knows.
 
The house/office will be closed for the Easter weekend.
The shop and cafe WILL be open.
 
Office
Thursday 13th April Open 9-5
Good Friday 14th April Closed
Saturday 15th April Closed
Sunday 16th April Closed
Monday 17th April Closed

Tuesday 18th April Open 9-5
 
Shop
Thursday 13th April Open 11-5
Good Friday 14th April 11-6
Saturday 15th April 11-5
Easter Sunday 16th April 11-4
Monday 17th April Closed
Tuesday 18th April Closed

The Growing Space

March is the month of the year when the growing world wakes up. The polytunnels are popping new season vegetables all planted last year, if your wanting fresh salad leaves Moelyci is the place to come.The tender crops, for the polytunnels in the summer, have been largely sown and are being nurtured in the propagating area of the poly tunnels.
 
Herbs plant have been tended and cared for ready for the first market of the season at Conwy seed fair on March 27th, if you are there come and say hello. New range of edible flowers and herbs some of them medical are being grown this year. Keep a look out for them growing.

The first wwoofer (willing workers on organic farms) of 2017 was welcome to Ffarm Moelyci, Nakane came from the Basque region of Spain for her first wwoof experience. She is the first of many wwoofer visiting the farm this summer.
 
The group from Coleg Menai are still attending weekly, it amazing what they achieve always happy and enthusiastic.
Coryn Bye

Wildlife Group

The harvest mouse saga continues

Having written in the November bulletin that an extensive search had failed to find any evidence of harvest mice, in January I found a nest in a tussock on the ffridd. Unfortunately, photographs were again insufficient to identify the mammal that built it and I need to wait until the nest has been abandoned when it can be removed for closer examination. However, Rebecca Clews-Roberts of Natural Resources Wales told me that when she was helping on a Mammal Society stall here a few years ago, someone told her they had seen harvest mice in the grass at Moelyci. If you are that person, please get in touch as I would like to hear the details.
 
John Bratton

Allotments

Fancy having your own allotment?  One with stunning views, a cafe onsite and an amazing group of people?  Ffarm Moelyci has allotments available for rental, all ready to go.  If you’re interested we have a few different sizes available.  Contact allotments@moelyci.org or 01248 602 793.
Despite the wind and rain a few heroic souls have been tidying and digging their plots. March looks set to be more of the same and the ground is so wet it would be best to stay by the fireside for a while longer. It’s time to buy your seed potatoes and start them off in trays. Evans’ at Menai Bridge have the best selection.  After trying a lot of varieties our favourites that seem to suit the soil here are Charlotte for second earlies and Pink Fir Apple for maincrop. The latter have a lot of flavour and keep well.

Broad beans can be planted now and leeks sown in deep pots to pot on and plant out later.  Otherwise don’t sow outdoors until April but get your seeds ordered. Three recommended sources are Tamar Seeds, The Organic Gardening Catalogue and Brown Envelope Seeds. The latter are from south-west Ireland and encourage seed-saving.

Central Heating Special -- If you have some leeks dig them up before they run to seed.  Finely chop 2 leeks, a carrot and a potato. Sautee in butter or oil for 10mins, add a litre of stock, cook till tender then liquidise.  Tasty!
George Smith

Orchard news


The first flowers in the Cae Mariad orchard this year were seen on a mirabelle tree on 3 February! What a surprise, but it shows how mild a winter we’ve had.

There are two dates to remember. The first is our fruit pruning and orchard maintenance workshop with Ian Sturrock on Saturday 11 March. Ian will be entertaining and teaching us from his vast knowledge about how to plant and look after fruit trees. Start is at 10.00 am.

Then we are planning to celebrate spring with a blossom day in the orchard on Sunday 15 May, on the theme nature inspires the creative and the mind. We will try to have various activities for arts, music, walking, and info about orchards. We will also start collecting local orchard/ fruit tree stories, so start thinking what orchard heritage you have.

We also welcome contributions in cakes, and maybe some of you would like to take part either in the buzz on the day or in organising beforehand? Practical and creative ideas are very welcome! Please let us know what you can and would like to do at orchards@moelyci.org.

Orchard group meets on Friday mornings at 9.30 for various orchard tasks and to plan the event.
Judith Kauffman
Moelyci's Rock Cannons

Julie and I went for a wander one lunchtime after realising one of our rock cannons was closer than we thought.  The one in the pictures is just off the corner of the donkey field, where the newer tree plantation is, and next to the beautiful veteran sycamore trees.

A rock cannon is almost unique to North Wales, particularly around the quarrying families.  They are basically a series of holes drilled into the rock which was filled with a mixture of gunpowder topped with crushed slate.  Some (like ours) have grooves cut into them between the holes where more gunpowder was placed as the fuse and each hole went off in turn.  They were used in celebrations between the 18th and 19 century and each cannon has it’s own particular "tune".  Apparently they were quite a spectacular sound though care was needed not to make it too loose to be a damp squib or too packed so the participants were pelted with chunks of rock cannon.

We have 3 on our land.  This one has 12 holes (we could only find 11) but the one on Y Parc has 195, the most number of any of the 300 known to exist in North Wales.

Dave Ellis

Ras Moelyci

And here's the race report: Râs Moelyci Race Report...
Well, what a brilliant day!

136 runners turned out for this challenging little race early on in the mountain running season. The weather wasn’t quite as Derek Brockway predicted, with rain pretty much throughout the day. However, that definitely softened the course and the stickier mud may have slowed the field down slightly and prevented the record that was set in 2012 from being broken. Photos taken on the day suggest that the lead runners jostled for position at various stages in the race, and some big names in local fell running had those of us on the finish line trying to predict the finishing order, which we got with a reasonable degree of accuracy...

First over the line was Math Roberts, running for St David’s, in a brilliant time of 36.27
Turning to the ladies; Miranda Grant, running for Eryri, kept up her fine current form by storming through as the first woman over the line in 43.45

The V50 male and female categories were won by Steve Toogood of Buckley Runners (45.08) and Emma Collins of Denbigh Harriers (55.08) respectively. The men’s V60 category was won by Stephen P Jones of Eryri (AKA SPJ, AKA last year’s horse whisperer), in a time of 45.02, and faster than the fastest V50. The ladies V60 category was won by Maggie Oliver of Eryri in 72.59. The V70 prize went to John Morris of Buckley Runners in a time of 58.25. No V70 women entered.

We had 14 young runners enter the junior race, which was won by Gwion Rhys Evans of Eryri Harriers in a fantastic time of 12.10
It was a fantastic day from my point of view, made successful by the amazing team of volunteers who helped me throughout the day.

Finally, thanks to Julie Rogers and the staff at Ffarm Moelyci for their continuing support for the race.

Hopefully see you all back next year.
Diolch yn fawr iawn.
Gary Porter Jones

Elsie Lake

Ffarm Moelyci would like to extend our condolences to the family of Elsie Lake.  Elsie passed away recently and has always been a strong supporter and daily visitor of Moelyci.  It’ll be strange not seeing her trekking and walking her dogs on the land pathway many times a day.  Goodbye Elsie, rest well.
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