Monthly Archives: August 2014

Jaspers… loads of ’em!


  Last week we had to stop replacing the lost and loose tiles on the roof at Cobbs Wood Farm until the sycamore tree had had a hair cut (actually the side limbs needed lifting off the roof). So on … Continue reading

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The MIGHTY MASSEY by Shane O’Reilly


  The Massey Ferguson 390 is a mighty tractor even by modern standards. It stands alongside the latest equipment without embarrassment. As the workhorse of the forestry department, it has added reinforcement that makes it even stronger and more imposing. … Continue reading

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Sweat, toil & dragonflies by Shane O’Reilly


I have written before of how my hairdresser asks me ‘What have you done this week‘? Fortunately she is on holiday so I haven’t yet mentioned coracling but would she have believed me anyway? I’m sure she thinks I make … Continue reading

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Good bye Dan by Shane O’Reilly


Isn’t it strange to ‘celebrate’ when someone leaves their place of work, especially when that someone is Dan? A ranger for over a year, his tasks had taken him far and wide and so was well known by most Wimpole … Continue reading

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Who dunnit ?!


At the beginning of the week I noticed that a section of wall had fallen down- was it just because it had been unsafe or was some other agent involved? An inspection by Bill & Ben plus Weed revealed that the … Continue reading

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From stools to thrones – take a seat!


Pole lathing, that’s what we were up to at the weekend… except we didn’t have any poles, just the bungee cord which is just as effective. Actually we were running the two-day pole lathe course down on the Farm and, … Continue reading

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Reflections of a mower by Shane O’Reilly


Following on from my initiation into the art of scything, or mowing as the old hands call it, I attended a couple of evening practise sessions on Wimpole’s Victoria Avenue. Working with other more practised hands, who were happy to … Continue reading

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Racks, fibre, spindle & work


Last week we picked up an old rack saw to help us convert the oak logs into useful sizes of timber- mostly for fencing but we should also be able to convert the large elm logs into studding etc.  This … Continue reading

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Harvest


About this time of the year the ragwort starts to flower. In the hay meadows, and those areas close to hay meadows, we pull the ragwort out- a tedious job but, over the years, we have been getting less and … Continue reading

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