Progress . . .
As you may already know, we left Lapford in March 2007 and started on what we expected to be ‘ a year or two’ on the waterways of Britain.
In January 2013, after nearly 6 years afloat, we returned to Lapford – though we still take some time off to go boating occasionally! We really enjoyed our ‘senior gap year’ (though it stretched to nearly six years!) travelling around the British waterways system, and you can look back on our travels by visiting our ‘blog’ at http://nbzindagi.blogspot.com. We expect to add more entries to the boating blog when we take short breaks, but our Blackberry Lane Blog will keep you up to date with developments as we have re-started growing fruit and vegetables and continue to develop the tools business.
We started selling a range of home-grown fruit and vegetables again in 2014. It took us all of 2013 to even start to put things right in our bungalow and especially on the land but now we are well on the way.
Needless to say, there is still a lot to do, so growing and ‘restoration’ are continuing hand-in-hand!
Email and phone remain the best ways to get hold of us quickly.
Our email address and mobile number are at the foot of the page . Our landline number is 01363 83389, but our mobile (07792 592068) is still probably the best one to use.
If you live near Lapford in mid-Devon, you can collect tools from us and save postage. A phone call or email in advance will really help! You can find directions here.
Our Range has Expanded !
We have no intention of stocking everything, but over the last few years we have gradually added some extra tools which we believe to be unique and to really make a difference for gardeners and growers . . .
Perhaps the most obvious ‘hit’ has been the BroadFork produced by Malcolm Johnson. Others we have produced ourselves, or started stocking relatively recently, like the sturdy but lightweight Glaser aluminium rakes with adjustable heads and the handy ‘crevice cultivator’. Find these on our Hand Tools page.
In the last few years, we have become interested in the use of finely-ground volcanic rock dust as a way of enriching the mineral content of the soil, and so improving the nutritive quality of plants grown in that soil. As we are trying to bring our own land back into ‘good heart’, we have been using volcanic rock dust and have also become stockists for local customers. See our REMIN page for more information.
Almost since the start of this website, we had a link with Amazon so that you could buy books we recommend. Allegations about tax and treatment of employees led to us cutting our link with Amazon, but you can still buy books through us. See our Gardening Books page for the links to Books etc.
As we started selling rock dust, and getting into selling some veg again, we realised that we all use ‘plastic’ much more these days, so we now have facilities for card payments here on site, not just over the internet.
The Brexit vote in 2016 hit the £ exchange rates and so caused price increases on Glaser Tools, Ho-Mis and EarthWay Seeders, but we have reduced them again whenever the rate has improved. Who knows what will happen next ? !
For the first time in several years, Glaser Tools in Switzerland needed to increase their prices for 2019, due to the general rise in global steel prices. Malcolm at Newtimber Forge, who makes our BroadForks, has run into the same problem, so we have needed to make some small increases to those as well. For a change, Royal Mail prices have hardly increased at all this year (2019), so at least we have avoided that this time !
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