There seems to be a window of good weather so it's time to get the combine rolling. The old Massey chews through quite a bit of Susan’s oats before we get rained off, it's too boggy in the middle. We do get a trailer full of oats into the barn which is a start. On Tuesday the brand new John Deere arrives at Stone Raise and I, lucky thing that I am, get to have a little go at driving it. I’m extremely careful not to scrape it down anything; it’s got to stay shiny for a little while at least! I get to ride along when John cuts his Barley, it's cut, scooped and spun and then the straw is spat out the back.
10 September 2012 | 0 Comments
| Recommended by 1 Tim Young:
Sunday was a red-letter day for us and our allotment – our first harvest. With the gleeful help of the kids we filled an ice-cream tub full of broad bean pods, and a bowlful of lettuce leaves for lunch.
21 June 2011 | 0 Comments
| Recommended by 31 Richard Plowright:
There have been many changes at Stowey Rocks since March, most notably the arrival of our daughter May on 7 April. There are moments in our lives when events cut through the paraphernalia that clutters our existence and we are laid bare. May's birth was one such life affirming event.
30 June 2010 | 0 Comments
| Recommended by 4 Richard Plowright:
A period of high pressure with sunny days and cold nights has come to an end to be replaced by more typical wet and windy March weather and already I am wishing that I had made better use of the dry spell to 'work down ground' as they say in these parts.
31 March 2010 | 0 Comments
| Recommended by 3 Richard Plowright:
I rang Triodos, my bank, the other day to transfer some money and in the course of the transaction the woman asked me "what was the sort code there (i.e. the sort code for the receiving bank)”. I found myself saying “Don’t you mean what is the sort code, not was “. Surely, I explained to Remke it is the current sort code that is of interest not what it might have been in the past. Apparently this is a modern usage of the word ‘was’ and it confirms that I am officially a grumpy old man. I thought about ringing to apologise to the woman (Kate), but Remke convinced me that I just need to learn to accept myself.
26 February 2010 | 0 Comments
| Recommended by 5 Richard Plowright:
I have just put the phone down after a 40 minute conversation with my fellow vegetable grower John G. It’s Sunday morning and he is walking a field of some 50,000 Savoy cabbage, thinking that they are ready to cut and hoping he can sell them soon. We talk about vegetables and the conversation usually covers aspects of soils, growing, harvesting and marketing and because we can talk about vegetable growing forever our conversations rarely reach a conclusion.
30 November 2009 | 0 Comments
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