Tag Archives: Gardening

The Tyrannell way with Salad

Three packets of seed will see you in salad leaves all summer long, and six will give you enough for all your family garden parties and picnics too.

Have you ever, in a hurry or wanting to serve a pretty salad to your guests, bought a supermarket bag of rocket or lambs lettuce and felt sad and guilty soon afterwards? The expense, the packaging, the tiny quantity and the sodden, decaying mess even hours later betray the mean commercialism of the product. However, help is at hand. Continue reading

Seeds and Pickles

Germinating seeds
Germinating seeds

In our Bed and Breakfast we like to serve as much home-produced food as we can. The key to self-sufficiency is to save and preserve the glut of the harvest in order to serve it up in the lean times.

I like to use the best of traditional techniques alongside modern technology. The freezer is key to saving plentiful fruit and vegetables, while keeping back and drying seeds maintains diversity and while selecting for characteristics which help the plants to survive in the conditions here in Wales. In the potager at Tyrannell a new enterprise is under-way. Continue reading

The Festive Season and Beyond


At Tyrannell we cut a tree from the grounds and bring it in shortly before Christmas. We decorate it on Christmas Eve and it stays in the Hall for the entire twelve days. The youngest child in the House that day hangs the star on the top; Lucy is the Artistic Director and makes sure that the garland is beautiful, all the rooms are decked with holly and that the tree itself is the best yet. Continue reading