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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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How does your meadow grow?


Very well thank you. After several years of applying green hay and a winter where the sheep grazed the South Avenue, the wild flowers have proliferated beyond all belief. Yellow rattle, red clover, plantain, ox-eye daisy, buttercups, cowslips and a … Continue reading

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Strewn with gold


Buttercup Buttercup This morning there’s blankness in my mind, which is quite unusual for me to find. The creative process has all but dried up, but then I thought of a buttercup. A buttercup comes to mind with a golden … Continue reading

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Whistle the May blossom in


Sweet April showers Do spring May flowers. Thomas Tusser (1524–1580) A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry (1557) The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day When the sun is out … Continue reading

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Douglas AEC 1950’s timber tractor


The 9.6 litre diesel AEC engine bursts into life on the touch of the button. Air brakes work, excellent! I can stop and it’s got a fully functioning racket hand brake that works a treat. Ten ton Turner winch works … Continue reading

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Green wood of the month; English Walnut


The two most common major species of walnuts are grown for their seeds — the Persian or English Walnut and the Black Walnut. The English Walnut (J. regia) originated in Persia though it may well have been the mountainous areas … Continue reading

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The Hail Storm


As in Horunga haven We fed the crow and raven, I heard the tempest breaking Of demon Thorgerd’s waking; Sent by the fiend in anger, With din and stunning clangor; To crush our might intended, Gigantic hail descended. A pound … Continue reading

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The Primrose


The Primrose By Caroline (Bowles) Southey (1787–1854) I SAW it in my evening walk, A little lonely flower! Under a hollow bank it grew, Deep in a mossy bower. An oak’s gnarl’d root, to roof the cave With Gothic fretwork … Continue reading

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A view from a tree


Last week’s work was mostly undertaking tree surgery and there were some most excellent views which will be shared with you shortly. Most are not to be repeated as the trees in question had a short back and sides. The … Continue reading

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Cupid’s arrow


Amazing what you can do with a small bit of waste wood from the forest! With a little effort, a bit of imagination and at no cost you can get a big smile – better then trotting off to the … Continue reading

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