field corner filled with poppies and mayweed

Welcome to Slamseys Journal

Hello! Welcome to Slamseys Journal. Thanks for dropping in.

If you’ve followed the link to my new home from  Life in Mud Spattered Boots then you’ll find things pretty much the same, though at the moment the cupboards are bare. Like moving to any fresh place, there’s a little settling in to do as new things are introduced and a few old favourites are moved across.


If I keep to my plan and don’t get side-tracked, you can read here about some of the things that happen on the farm and a general celebration of modern country life.  There will be eating and drinking using plants, fruits and flowers gathered from the garden and hedgerows, some printmaking and other crafts, perhaps a look around some beautiful places in our neighbourhood and a marking of the passing seasons. And other things.


Follow the country lane from Youngs End in North Essex and you’ll reach Slamseys Farm, home to our family where each generation puts their stamp on the farm. Alongside the traditional production of cereal crops such as wheat and barley, our family have planted Christmas trees that are sold to the public in December, developed a range of fruit gins using flowers and berries picked on the farm and run printmaking workshops for creative people who want to expand their skills.


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17 thoughts on “Welcome to Slamseys Journal

  1. Having recently moved my blog I know how much work is involved, I look forward to following Life on the farm here now. ( I did like the title ‘life in mud splattered boots’ in seemed so appropriate).

  2. Well, here I am arriving at your new location, feeling like I’m driving along out in the countryside and am looking out the window trying to pick out your farm along the road. I’m hopeless with directions. Are fruit gins alcoholic drinks? I haven’t heard of these before.
    I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.
    Best wishes,

  3. I’ve just clicked on the “follow” so I won’t be missing out! I don’t often have chance to comment on your blog entries but read every one. Good luck with the blog in its new home. 🙂

  4. Hi Anne, loving the new format, very clean. Interesting that you have the modern country living subtitle as I have always enjoyed following you because of the traditional feel to your lives. Sure you guys drive a combine rather than carry a scythe but you also live your lives according to the seasons and follow many old traditions associated with that. I have never read elsewhere about Michaelmas day nor conker fights and I love that about your blog. Ironically, social media, that most modern of concepts, has allowed all of us with an interest in farming, tradition and the countryside to find and talk to each other, it’s all good and I look forward to reading the Slamsey Journal.

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