Monthly Archives: July 2013

A BASON FULL OF BIRDS


About halfway down the South Avenue at Wimpole is an octagonal shaped reed bed with an island in the centre. Originally this was intended as a huge mirror of clear water to be seen from Wimpole Hall and was put … Continue reading

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Odd week


  Tuesday and just after the rain: wet, very wet and a lot of wet hay lying on the ground- wheat stricken to the ground, a broken tedder, no trusty Landrover and too much to do… where to start? …Wot’s this? Who’s … Continue reading

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MEADOWS, FLOWERS, BEES, BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS


Flower rich meadows and field margins are vital to the survival of bees and other insects which in turn feed birds etc etc.

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MORE MOTHS , BUTTERFLIES AND BEES GETTING TOGETHER


Insects getting together on Teazle on one of the field margins. There was an explosion of Burnet Moths with several on one blossom often sharing their ‘table’ with other insects. On one flower four moths and I think one pair … Continue reading

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No it didn’t!!!!!!!!


Monday morning- bright skies: good hay-making weather. First we had to let the night’s dew dry off from the hay and then, after a few hours, Jim tedded it so that the rest of the hay would dry and be … Continue reading

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MEADOWS, BUMBLE BEES, BUTTERFLIES and OTHER FRIENDS


BAGS OF BUMBLE BEES Just look at the flowers in the field margins and in the meadows, thistles, birds foot trefoil, knapweed, ox eyed daisies, just to mention the ones that are very common and immediaely ‘hit both you and … Continue reading

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Ragwort, work experience & hot weather


On holiday in Northumberland the weather had been superb and everyone had been making hay; how were they getting on down in Cambridgeshire?… Monday and back to work; all the Home Farm hay had been cut and the grass had started to … Continue reading

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What’s happened over the last few weeks?


After the scything festival it was back to work dismantling the marquees, cleaning up and other general jobs related to the festival and competitions. What has been pleasant to see is the amount of wild flowers blooming around the Estate: … Continue reading

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Mower, blacksmith, rake maker, bodger, spinner, shearer, stick maker, hurdle maker and peg maker- to name but a few, part 3


Ever get those days when you can’t remember how things occurred? I get them all the time…. so many bits and bobs sprinting around in my head that I don’t know if it was  yesterday or today, and tomorrow is… … Continue reading

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Mower, blacksmith, rake maker, bodger, spinner, shearer, stick maker, hurdle maker and peg maker- to name but a few, part 2


So much grass to cut some of us got lost- they needed an iphone app!!!!! Gill, Beth and Matthew looking for their 1/8 plots to mow…never mind Albert’s plot eh?! Saturday was the day for the big plots and teaching … Continue reading

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