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Burwash Manor Apple Day 2018


  The time of the annual Burwash Manor apple day had come round again and the Estate Greenwood Workers had been asked to appear as a rural craft demos for the seventh year running. It is a fantastic event and … Continue reading

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Wimpole Estate Produce Fair


Following the last few years’ events in awful weather up near the gardens, the produce show shrank and shifted to near the stable block. The weather was glorious as predicted by the McWeatherman and so a lot of people casually … Continue reading

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Scything Festival 2018 Part3 : Sunday


The weather was again glorious and many mowers both local and from further afield had turned up to take part in the many serious and not so serious competitions of the day. The most popular was, as ever, the 5m … Continue reading

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Mowing poems


This year’s scything festival coincided and so was part fo the Wimpole Hall History Festival, which is itself linked to the Cambridge Literary Festival. As a result, Olga, Simon and some of the volunteers decided that there should be a smattering of poems that … Continue reading

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Scything festival 2018 Part 2: Saturday


Our Leader’s meteorological prediction came to pass and on Saturday was glorious Mcweather. Richard Brown, aided by the Wimpole “Tuesday night is mowing night” regulars ran a one day scythe course for 10 people. Starting with the basics of assembling … Continue reading

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Scything festival 2018: A throne fit for a (scything) king


The weekend of June 23rdand 24thwas the Wimpole Estate scything festival, this year held as part of the Wimpole History Festival. The meadows out by the folly looked fantastic, the weather was set fair and to top it all Simon … Continue reading

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The Wympole Strippers ride again!


…Apologies for the time it takes to get these on the blog – sorry (ed.). May is the optimal time of the year for obtaining elm bast. The bast is the ~1/4” layer consisting of mainly the phloem just under … Continue reading

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Making a Tudor chair : Trying something a bit different


One of our friends is an experienced Tudor living historian but due to Sciatica would find it tough to stand up for day after day. So after a brief discussion over dinner, a quick spot of research on t’interweb and … Continue reading

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The Land Rudyard Kipling


A vey good friend Chris Preston enlightened my one evening when returning to Wimpole by train from London. He shared this poem by Rudyard Kipling and after reading it you realize how observant this man was. An explantation to the … Continue reading

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Estonia, an excursion into mosquito valley!!!!!!! Part one


So where did Richard Brown and myself disappear off too leaving behind a grotty wet English morning. (note to self, managed to just board the plane despite Stansteads efforts to undo all our timing schedual unlike 2016!!!!!). Well it was … Continue reading

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