Day to day
We live in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales village of West Burton, and have been together for since 2003.
Nigel is a local builder and is born and bred in Bishopdale. He comes from a farming family which goes back 5 generations. In 2010 he introduced Clare to farming life when he bought her Mitsie, an enigmatic, expectant, coloured Ryeland ewe.... for Christmas... after she expressed an interest in learning to weave, following a visit to Farfield Mill.... you can see her here on the right... she's really appallingly naughty!
Clare is a Nothamptonshire lass and came to the Dales in 2000, when she purchased a local tea shop, the Mill Race at Aysgarth falls. After the foot and mouth crisis of 2001 she diversified and opened the areas first chocolate factory, which she sold at the end of 2011.
Nigel and Clare now have a growing small holding and while Nigel still works as a builder, Clare spends much of her day looking after their animals, but as she has never been taught to farm traditionally, there is a slightly different approach to it......!!
Clare has now learned to weave, using much of their own wool to make soft furnishings, while running their country shop which Nigel built for her on the side of their home during the summer of 2012.....
..............What a nice man!!
The boys above are Dudley, our first born and now our tup, and his younger brother Vincent who is always trying to sit on my lap... His picture, as a lamb is on our home page... he went down my jumper and was brought in from the cold on a very wet snowy night when his mum Rosie couldn't cope with triplets any more... he was raised with Olly and Sydney in the barn and still looks upon me as his mum.
.... and to your left is Melody... known very affectionately as "Peewee"... if you follow the blog you'll have heard all about her this year from the day she was born... We love her dearly... she's moody and jealous, but gentle and completely adorable.... and she rules the roost.... if Mitsie will let her.......!!
This little country shop was opened on August 31st 2012, by Clare Gardiner and Nigel Musgrave. It was especially built to sell products made by hand, by skilled artists, and designed to highlight and promote the divers expertise of the region, something that generally remains hidden, and behind closed doors, as it's so close to our hearts....
... Now you can be part of it too....
Just knock on the cottage door
1.00 - 3.00 Tuesday - Saturday
Sometimes on Sunday
We may be available at other times, so just check to see if the "open" sign is outside the shop and knock on the cottage door!
I've spent a lot of time looking after Nigel's Mum for the last 2 years, and now my own parents. Sorry if I haven't been around for you!
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