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Spring, the sweet spring

February is not my favourite month, but this year it has been and gone in a flash. Though often called “february fill dyke” there have been more sunny days than usual so early in the year and very little rain in this part of the country. March, however, in traditional fashion, has “come in like…

Back to Normality.

Christmas seems to last forever, then New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and now, at long last, we are back to normality. A brief reminder of December’s events must include the well-attended brass band concert in the church, mentioned in my previous blog, when the Pleasley Colliery Band put us in festive mood with their…

Soon Be Christmas

Though Christmas is the dominating theme at this time of year the regular jobs still have to be attended to.  The word “prioritize” comes to mind and is currently  much in use.  As the weather gets colder the birds get hungrier.  Feeders need filling daily.  Peanuts are going down fast.  I think the squirrel population…

Tidy- up Time

There is a popular but erroneous belief that farmers take a break during the winter months. I wish it were true. After a period when patience was required when the ground was still too hard and dry to cultivate, drill and roll the crops are now in the ground and we can start on the…

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…