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Saturday, 19 May 2018

An Era Ends

It has been a very sad week here at the farm with the sad loss of the central member of our family. My mother in law passed peacefully in her own home at the age of 91. It is a great loss to everyone.
Joy was born locally in the village of Backwell where her father was a local butcher. 

She came to the farm as a newly wed in 1954. 

Conditions were not what she was accustomed to with no bathroom and no running water but Joy was not deterred. She immersed herself totally in farming and family life bringing up their two boys.

Life was not easy for her. She was widowed over 41 years ago and she worked tirelessly to save the farm for her boys.
She became part of my life when I married 25 years ago and came to live on the farm.

She was a totally devoted mother and grandmother.

Family occasions meant everything to her. Christmas and birthdays were always spent with part or all of the family.

She thought the world of her four granddaughters and they all reciprocated the love helping to care for her in her final days.

We all have a lot to be grateful to her for and her memory will live on for many years on the farm. Without her none of us we be here today.  She will be dearly missed.

Monday, 14 May 2018

A Photo a Week Challenge: Livestock

Today I am joining Nancy from Nancy Merill Photography with her Photo a Week Challenge. When I saw that this week's subject was 'Livestock' I decided I must join in. Who remembers  learning about imprinting at school?  Birds by instinct will follow the first thing they see on hatching which helps to keep them safe. The ducklings and the balloon experiment is one that I clearly remember from my distant schooling. The ducklings on hatching were exposed to the view of a balloon which was imprinted in their memory then as they grew they followed it as if it were their mum.
Our hens would have been hatched in incubators with no sign of a mother hen. I often think that this is why they will race over to follow any human being crossing through the field. This gives rather a Pied Piper effect.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

A Quick Comparison

Time soon flies by. These two photos taken by Farmer Daughter show how Poppy has grown.

And now!

Friday, 11 May 2018

The Next Crop

This season is proving a little challenging to the farmers. The cold wet period delayed the preparation of the ground for planting the seed potatoes. They are normally in the ground by the end of April. This year several attempts to prepare the ground has been thwarted by more rain. Stress levels become raised when there is such a delay because of the concern about the success of the crop.
The dry warm weather has finally meant that the ploughed ground could be harrowed, the beds formed and the stones removed. 
The seed potatoes were then planted at the beginning of this week. This was not without problems. Some of the seed had begun to sprout which effects the strength of the seed and makes it difficult to feed through the planter.

Planting was well underway by Tuesday afternoon.

It is a relief they are in the ground. We will now soon be wanting some rain to help them grow. Farmers are rarely happy with the weather!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Take Three Thursday: Views from the Park

I am joining Mary Lou with her weekly meme Take Three Thursday where we display 3 photos that have some connection.
When I was walking through Victoria Park in Bath I passed by some very different features. There are several formal flower beds and this one is a popular photo spot being close to The Royal Crescent.

The Royal Crescent itself was not easy to see. A marquee had been placed on the lawn in front of the Crescent which definitely spoils the iconic view from the park. I am not certain what it was for but suspect it maybe a wedding venue connected with the Royal Crescent Hotel which is a very smart hotel in the central part of the crescent.

I always think it is amusing to see the "backside " to these beautifully ornate and elegant Georgian houses. This view shows the back of Marlborough Buildings which is the road at one end of the Royal Crescent. It shows a much plainer side to the houses but also a hive of industry in gardens and allotments.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Mode of Transport

Many of you will know that we sell some of our potatoes and eggs straight from the farm as well as various animal feed. We are used to customers arriving in different ways. The most traditional way maybe by car, van or lorry but we also have walkers and cyclists. Perhaps the most unusual was a man who used his lawnmower!
However on a hot sunny bank holiday what better to travel when purchasing sheep feed than by horse and cart. This local farrier is often seen out on the lanes with his children. 

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Dogs and Children at the Show

We spent yesterday at our local agricultural show, the North Somerset Show. It was a very hot day so we had a fairly leisurely walk around with plenty of drink stops and rests. While we were having one of coffee stops the Avon Vale Hunt were in the main ring.

Once the horses were safely out the way the children in the audience were invited into the ring to meet the dogs.

The dogs and children loved it. Soon there were more children than dogs.

It was then fascinating to watch the beagles following 'at heel' even in a large group.

I also enjoy watching a little of the judging which is really a bit of a family affair.

This young couple were calmly showing their sheep with their babies on board.