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The Life Of A Tudor Maid

Excerpt from Maid Marion’s account  (http://bit.ly/1svoNYG) “‘Tis the end of an era. Okay, it was merely the end of a season, but still. Mary Arden’s Farm has closed its doors to the public for the winter months and I have found myself having to put away my ‘other self’ until the spring. No, I’ve not […]

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Mary Arden’s House – Renovations

As with all old buildings, there is always renovation and conservation work to be done in order to maintain them in good order. This 500 year old house is in need of some tlc and at the moment the upstairs plasterwork is getting some much needed repair. http://youtu.be/6w7lRnhpwZM

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Tudor Crafts & Professions 2014

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Wonderful Willow Weaving Wednesdays

“There is a Willow grows aslant a brook, That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream. There on the pendant boughs her coronet weeds Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke.”  (Queen, Hamlet, Act 4, sc 7, 167)   Every year our living sculpture willow tunnel needs to be reshaped, to fill in gaps, […]

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Make Do & Mend

There is so much repair and maintenance to catch up on in the closed season at Mary Arden’s Farm.  Not least with the Tudor clothing which takes quite a battering.  So our intrepid staff and volunteers pitch in make all good again, washing, sewing, darning.  

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Fabulous Fungi

Fascinating fungi have been popping up all over the farm in the last few weeks.  Delicate almost fairy-like ones pushing through the soil and bulbous bubbling ones bursting forth from rotting wood. In Shakespeare’s time, fungi were viewed with suspicion.  However they were so frequently eaten that old herbals offered remedies against a surfeit of […]

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Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins – no not the rock band! We have been busy composting all our greens and browns all season and this doesn’t stop when we’re closed. Here is our latest winnrow or compost heap, replete with a lovely salat of leftover pumpkin nestled on a bed of fresh nettles.

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Rebuilding The Bread Oven

So while we are closed to the public till March 2015, lots of maintenance and prep work for the new season continues apace. One important job is the complete rebuilding of the bread oven which had several running patch repairs done on it this season past.  

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Mary Arden’s Farm – New Butterfly Bank 2014

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Mary Arden’s Farm All Hallows Soul Cakes 2014

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