Monthly Archives: July 2014

Golden meadows


Quite some years back I went to Romania and was amazed at the mosaic of grassland habitats. Why were there so many cutting regimes? Well, when you use the scythe to mow a meadow you can only do about an … Continue reading

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Life is never dull (only if you let it be)


Well, for a long time I have tried to start a charcoal making course. The Estate bought a ring kiln many years ago and made an awful lot of charcoal ( I have forgotten how long ago, but this ring … Continue reading

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A Lepidopterists Day


Originally posted on Diary of Natural Environment In and Around Wimpole:
Apparently, this practice of butterflies grouping together on muck etc is to take sodium salts ( Girl Butterflies are not wanted ) this is an almost entirely male preserve,…

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Elvers Galore


Originally posted on Water Care Partnership:
An exceptionally early arrival of large numbers of elvers and eels has been recorded at the new Wiggenhall St Germans Pumping Station elver pass near Kings Lynn. After decades of very poor numbers of…

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Mr O’Reilly’s little tale of one man went to mow a meadow.


‘What have you been doing this week?’ My hairdresser asked as a way of getting me talking. I thought for a moment and told her ‘I learnt to scythe.’ ‘As you do’ she said, the stock answer to an unusual … Continue reading

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The clear up


After the scythe festival we had to clear everything up and it was quite surprising how quickly we did the initial bit: taking down tents, marquees, benders and all the ancillary items associated with said shelters. Luckily for us it was a bright … Continue reading

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Scythe festival: part two


The weather forecast for Sunday was good ( maybe a little rain in the afternoon). Sunday morning was lovely and sunny with blue sky- wow! Were we going to have a good day after Saturday’s rain? The fire was still … Continue reading

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Scythe festival: part one


Only a few days ’til the scything festival in front of the stable block and the grass was as thick as I have ever seen it (so the mowing times could be slower). By Thursday we still had quite a … Continue reading

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Mowing results for the seventh scythe festival at Wimpole


  Here are the scores for the Eastern Counties 5 X 5 mowing competition. For each quality point lost (compared to the highest score) there is a time penalty of 15 seconds (which is rounded down to 7 if there … Continue reading

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