16.03.14 We plough the fields and scatter, and a tree by any other name (would be just silly)

 

 

We plough the fields and scatter, and thus begins another farming year, although in truth there is not real landmark between one farming year end and the next year beginning. Oil seed rape is in the ground at the end of August only moments after the cereal crops are harvested. Time was when autumn was the tradition farm labourers holiday period, a gap between the cereal harvest and the sugar beet harvest. No longer so, the farming year doesn’t seem to have any gaps at all any more…………..

ploughing on Hall field

ploughing on Hall field

 

 

 

But we are making the most of another ‘gap’ in the seasons; between the shoot season which ends on the 1st Feb, to the beginning of the nesting season. It’s now that we can get into the woods to replant, clear up fallen trees and replenish firewood supplies. My husband says there is enough firewood to last us at least twenty years! I smile but with the smile comes a realisation of all the beautiful, stately, trees that are, thanks to the winter storms, no longer………………………. this lovely beech tree was split in two, the trunk is so thick we won’t be able to cut all of it up……………… more habitat for wild game and other animals that live in the deep dark wood!

 

The fallen Beech

The fallen Beech

 

There’s a rush of babies in family Campbell, a new grandchild due in the autumn and yes, you read it here first, a great-grandchild……………this confirms the fact that I was certainly a child bride………..

 

 

 

I am knitting like a demented chicken – except chickens don’t knit, so maybe I’m just demented………….but I’ve not been so busy that I’ve forgotten to notice……………………

Periwinkles

Periwinkles

 

The periwinkles

 

Wood Violets

Wood Violets

White Wood Violets

White Wood Violets

The wood violets, both white and purple

 

 

And the horse chestnut………………and why is a horse chestnut given this name?

 

Another thing you read here first…………………………

 

 

The horse shoe on the Horse Chestnut

The horse shoe on the Horse Chestnut

 

 

A perfect horseshoe just below the bud

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget the website www.susancampbelldesigns.co.uk

 

 

 

Love Susan x

 

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