Historic Site Under Threat from Development

Change could be underfoot for us as landlords consider development of the historic Galleon Wharf site for luxury housing. So what does the future hold? For over a hundred years Galleon Wharf has played a key role in the history of Wolverton but all that could soon change if the landlord (Suisse Property Holdings Limited)…

Groundrush

There is always a long list. On this list are all the jobs that need doing now; all the jobs that need doing soon; and all of the other things I’d really like to do as they are so much more fun than the previous two categories. Unfortunately I never get around to writing this…

8 Months in 8 Minutes

Ok, I confess, I’m probably not the worlds best blogger. Strangely I quite enjoy the act of blogging, time however always seems to get the better of me, and what seemed like just a few weeks between blogs actually became months. In this case 8 months! So here we go, a catch up of the…

Virtual Orchard Goes Large

First of all, let me apologise for the hiatus of blogs since the harvest in September. Poor I know but a lot has happened in the time that has passed and I guess I have been rather pre-occupied. OK, so I’m possibly being a bit cryptic, apologies again, just lots of updates and not sure…

Hot Off the Press

What a great start to the season. Three quarters of a tonne of hand-picked apples from nine different orchards and, 6 hours later, 500 litres of glorious juice. Everything didn’t quite go according to plan though and, at 9.30am I was wondering whether there would be any juice at all! The day started with an unusual…

Let the Harvest Begin

Today was a good day. Today I started collecting apples ready for the first pressing of the year this coming weekend. Well technically I started yesterday, but that was just a few kilos, whereas today was nearer half a tonne. The weather was spot on too: a nice cool breeze and a little bit of…

That first real taste!

It’s always a worry. You put it off as long as you can, as if the delay will make everything taste that much better. Of course, it may not taste great at all! After a long winter and fermentation phase, there is always the question of whether or not the cider will taste good or not. This is even more…

Cheers to the Cider!

Welcome to my blog! Not that it’s much of a blog yet as I haven’t really written anything. However, the plan is to blog the ramblings of a cider maker during the course of  a cider year. As the fruit starts to ripen I’ll begin to sharpen the pencil and scribe my thoughts…   watch this…