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Autumn Glory

Autumn Glory

October the first, and the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is with us again.  How quickly the year goes by.  We are so fortunate to be aware of the changing seasons and to be able to adapt our daily life in order to make the most of each season.  At the moment there has…

August – A Busy Month

Farm News August may be holiday time for many but on the farm it is probably the most stressful time of the year.  Do not ask anything of the farmer; his head is full of “is the crop ready to harvest. What is the moisture content of the grain?  Can I rely on the weather…

Summer – Continental Style.

                                                                      Farm News June was a strange month.  After weeks of seemingly unrelenting sunshine, and no rain, at least in this…

Don’t Count Your Chickens….

                                                               Although I generally follow the advice in the title and don’t count my chickens before they are hatched I think I can safely predict an excellent crop of figs this year.  The fig tree evidently enjoyed the early wet weather and now, in its sheltered corner, already the fruit is plentiful  and unusually large…

Oh, what a Beautiful Morning.

                                                                   Oh, what a beautiful day!  After waking to so many wet days it is a real joy to see the sun.  Although I do not keep records I do not remember ever seeing so much rain in the first quarter of the year.  It  certainly made it difficult to start spring work on…

A Little Bit of History.

                                                                       There was recently some discussion concerning a tree in the churchyard.  Felled many years ago, due to it’s unsafe condition, many residents are convinced that it was a yew.  There are few who remember that it was, in fact, a splendid specimen of a Cedar of Lebanon.  The proof came to light when a…

February Fill Dyke

Well, what a month we have had.  The wet weather of February is but a distant memory, blotted out by the snow and the incredibly cold east wind we experienced earlier this month. On the farm it was a battle to get water to the horses; the hens water supply froze nightly and had to…

February Brings the Rain…..

                                                                     More rain.  Not much different from January, really.  Are those who live in the country more conscious of the weather?  It certainly dominates the conversation at the moment.  I felt quite pleased to see it was the subject of an article published by a regular contributor to the parish magazine, The Dover Beck, and…

Eastwood Farm : Whether the Weather be Cold…

Eastwood Farm : Whether the Weather be Cold…

Eastwood Farm : Whether the Weather be Cold…:                                                                         Twelth Night has passed, and Christmas decorations are down.  I…