Thanks to all volunteers for pitching in these past months whilst we’ve been closed to help with repairs, maintenance and general tidying. So this week, it’s tidying, clearing, weeding the yard down by Mary Arden’s House at the bottom of the site and willow weaving. So if you’ve got a little time to spare we […]
It’s pond clearance folks! We need as many hands on deck as possible to get all around the pond area cleared of weeds and brambles, ready for next season. We would really appreciate your help. We’re a bit short on tools so if any of you have gardening equipment you are willing to bring along […]
And so we signal the beginning of another farming year with our Plough Sunday celebration and blessing of the plough to bring a good harvest, at St Andrew’s Church Wilmcote.
“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, […]
So many brilliant moments in our 2014 season and so many happy times.
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 […]
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.
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.