Monthly Archives: October 2015

A stairway to heaven (not quite!)


Nothing so pleasing as seeing the Silver Spangled Hamburg chickens scratching about at Cobbs Wood Farm especially the cockerels who strut about and crow from high vantage points. While I was away the forestry team kept busy by taking out … Continue reading

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Middle Eastern food and modern art


At the beginning of October I was asked back to Jordan to help with some tree work. Jordan’s not a country that most people think has much in the way of trees and forests – it does (and would have … Continue reading

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Of trees


Advice from a Tree       By Ilan Shamir Dear Friend, Stand Tall and Proud Sink your roots deeply into the Earth Reflect the light of a greater source Think long term Go out on a limb Remember your … Continue reading

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Stop press: that elusive azure pimpernel has been seen


Having said there were no blue scarlet pimpernels at Wimpole Richard Brown (from Emorsgate seeds) informed me that, when he was collecting some hairy St John’s wort from Wimpole with my permission, he came across a patch of the blue … Continue reading

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Have I Spelt their names right ?


Spelt (Triticum spelta), also known as dinkel wheat, or hulled wheat, is a species of wheat cultivated since 5000 BC. Last autumn Home Farm planted some spelt wheat, it did well and was harvested in August but some was left for the birds.  Interestingly Spelt was an important staple in parts … Continue reading

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From sunrise to sunset


Some days you wake up to some rather amazing sunrises- this one started off as a golden glow across the whole of the sky, then a fine mist descended which gave rise to a very spectacular rainbow followed within a … Continue reading

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A Path to a Brighter Future: Degrowth and Deglobalization


Found this on the web and it is what I believe must happen to help avoid the environmental catastrophe that will happen if we continue to follow the path of perpetual economic growth, this includes the National Trust. At some … Continue reading

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Fair maidens under a red moon


Unusually we had an eclipse of the Harvest Moon this year and those who stayed up until 3am were treated to a rare blood-red supermoon ( worth getting told off for being late for work 🙂 ). Autumn has arrived … Continue reading

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