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the garden in August

This is the time of year when the garden is at its most productive. There’s plenty to harvest, successional sowing means the next flush is coming up behind and plants…

harvest 2014

Harvest is now in full swing. The first of the wheat was combined over the weekend and today it’s being loaded into lorries to be taken to the central co-operative…

on the farm in July

On the farm, all is calm. Today.  Weather reports are checked every couple of hours, the barns have been swept and wheel nuts checked on trailers. All working parts on…

Le Tour Essex

When it’s announced that Le Tour de France will be passing almost past your doorstep, do you think a farmer would: (a) complain that they can’t get into certain fields…

summer in a jar

The roses have flowered early this year and I nearly missed my chance to make Rose Petal Jam from my favourite roses. I only make three or four small pots…

my commute

Yesterday I helped Beth on the Slamseys Drinks stand at an agricultural show. It took an hour and a half to drive there and made us very grateful that our…

why do I bother?

An email arrived from Emily at Beef & Sweet Tea. Would I like to join in with a Blog Tour entitled “My Writing Process”? I try to wriggle out of…

our weekend

Saturday A simple country wedding for Beth and Matthew with two large families and a crowd of friends coming together for a wonderful day. On Sunday there was a little…

making a point

Years ago, farmers just grew crops and raised livestock but as crop production and livestock rearing have become more specialised and diversification means that we no longer depend entirely on…

eating asparagus

The weather swings between bright sunshine and gusting winds and downpours. One day we’re out in shirt sleeves, wondering if it’s time to pack away our winter clothes and the…