Cooking on the new stove

Cooking on the new stove is amazing, we can start off a pot roast for example on the cooker then leave it sitting on top of the stove bubbling away slowly all day.

Since we moved inΒ we have spent all our time and effort setting up the smallholding, knowing that everything we done inside the house was pointless as we needed to completely renovate the house. There was one exception, the heating! We took my old log burning stove with back boiler with us and plugged it into the existing heating system but it was only 21.7KW and totally not sufficient to heat the house. It’s rated for 6-8 radiators & domestic hot water and couldnt manage the 36 radiators here. Luckily the house had 3 zones and we were able to shut down one and close down most radiators that were not needed, trying to focus the heat where we were using the most.

But the winters in the house are miserable and damp so we invested in a massive 30KW boiler Heritage StoveΒ because we have tons of our own wood from around the farm. Now its not designed to cook but it does work a treat.

Here is the start of an 8hr Dexter brisket pot roast with some carrots and squashes from the farm. After browning the meat on the gas hob I added a couple of bottle of beer to the pot along with the veg, brought to the boil and then covered and left on top of the stove.

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Chris and GrΓ‘inne were visiting for a few days at the time, GrΓ‘inne is chilling out with a glass of wine after all the cooking in the kitchen…

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Here it is after cooking 8hrs on top of the stove, melt in your mouth brisket. We served it with some veg and potatoes from the garden. It’s so satisfying to enjoy a meal where everything on the plate was produced here on the smallholding.

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Red Deer

We got this red deer skull from my sister and her husband as a moving in gift two years ago and finally decided on a place where it should go and got it hung this evening. Its a 5 pointer Red Deer stag than Jhonny, my brother in law shot back in 2010 and he spent a while preparing it and mounting it on the plaque and getting the labels engraved.

Weather station instruments

This is where I temporarily installed the weather base station parts.

The wind vane on the left measures everything to do with the wind including the speed and direction.

The part on the right measures everything else outside, for example, it collects rain fall in the black part. It also measure temperature, humidity and barometric pressure.

With this information it can work out lots of different reading such as dew point, heat index and also predict the local weather forecast.

Live weather in the valley

This is my Xmas present from Chris this year, a proper professional weather station. He is hoping to be able to get it transmitting online so I can see the weather from anywhere.

I managed to get it up and running on my own, I even installed the weather station in the veg garden in the rain while Chris and his family were off bowling for the afternoon. Looks like the humidity is pretty high for the kitchen/dining area at 59%.