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Farming on a peat bog (only part of the farm)
Almost a quarter of our farm is on a peat bog, at one time each of the farms in the village had a proportion of this peat ground, splitting and fragmenting the farms. In the last forty years as farms became vacant with retirements the estate amalgamated...
Digging Marl
Looking across the farms and fields around our parish, on the banks they have large marl holes dug back into them. The marl having been dug and spread across other fields to help improve fertility of the land, it would have been left in spade full lumps...
Lost a Cow
A sad end to a good old cow who had produced a calf every year of her productive life. Every now and then you loose a cow, and in my life time in farming three such cases will stick in my mind forever, one of which died a few days ago. The very earliest...
The Suckler Cows have started Calving
We left the calves with them for most of the winter only weaning them in mid February, by this time it had pulled the mothers down, so almost all of the herd now looks "poor" or should I say slim. Well its that time of year again and the suckler...
St Swithin's, it did rain on the 15th July
We have only just passed the fortieth day of St Swithin's, it did rain on the 15 th July and true to its legend or saying, it has rained more days than its been fine. The grass has grown continuously right through the summer and given us very little...
Water Meadows "bedwork or floated water meadows"
It was said by the old men that the water should "trot" onto the fields, and "gallop" off. On our low lying meadows there is still evidence of the very old style of management the "bedwork or floated water meadows" , where...
Moles and Meadows
Moles It's that time of year again when the moles start digging and pushing up soil in their inimitable way. Nearly always on the best bit of lawn, following in the hedge bottom then branching out under the grass in the most unpredictable directions...