Sunday, 29 July 2007

Floods everywhere

We have had flooding yet again - every road in the valley was cut off with floods at one point and the speed that the water came up was just frightening. I have never seen so many abandoned cars on the sides and in the middle of the road as there were the next day - many will never be driven again - not a time to venture far from home - Being on top of the hill the farm was not badly affected, but the ground is pretty waterlogged and the harvest is late - a couple of weeks of sunshine now will really help - fingers crossed!

Friday, 20 July 2007

St Swithin's Day

We always watch out for St. Swithin's Day, the 15th July, because tradition says that whatever the weather is like on St. Swithin's Day, it will continue so for the next forty days.
The rhyme goes:

'St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain
Full forty days, it will remain
St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair
For forty days, t'will rain no more.'

St. Swithin (or Swithun) was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester. Tradition says that he said that when he died he wanted to be buried out of doors. For nine years, his wishes were followed, but then the monks of Winchester decided to move his remains to a shrine inside the cathedral on 15 July 971. It is said that from the time his remains were moved until the time he was reburied outside there was torrential rain.

Sadly, it absolutely tipped down this St Swithin's day - so we could be in for some terrible weather and today as I write this blog we are virtually cut off on every road with floods - thank goodness we live on the hill!

Saturday, 14 July 2007

Photos of the farm

I have only just realised just how long it is since I have posted pictures of the farm on the blog - haven't felt like taking the camera out in the pouring rain - when it gets better I will update my photo diary!

Article published

I have had sixteen electronic articles published so far this month, two on water footprint and fourteen in the ezine magazine with nearly 600 views - follow the link to find out more www.thehumanimprint.typepad.com

Water, water everywhere

Well it continues to rain here on the farm, my vegetable garden seems to be growing wildly and as it is the first year that I have grown cabbages, I now understand why they have to be grown so far apart - I'll follow the instructions a little more closely next year. There aren't many birds around - the swifts and housemartins have stopped throwing their chicks out of their nests. I wonder if perhaps they did not think there were enough insects about to feed them all?

We had forty pairs around the house last year - we would be lucky to have ten this year and they seem to be struggling to look after one brood - shows the dramatic impact of the weather. The family of crows seem resilient as usual - every year the pair seem to have three chicks and they are in full voice now on the mornings that it is not raining!!

Sunday, 8 July 2007

New Blogs

I have started another three blogs today to focus each blog on the research that I am undertaking with regard to food safety on www.foodsafetychat.blogspot.com also animal welfare issues on www.animalwelfarechat.blogspot.com and the environment www.environmentchat.blogspot.com

I also address current management issues on www.thehumanimprint.typepad.com - do check them out and let me know what you think.

Friday, 6 July 2007

E-articles

Well, I have been trying a new way to communicate - writing e-articles. The site that I have been submitting them to is http://ezinearticles.com but there are a range of such sites. I have had seven articles accepted and at the last count in total they had been viewed 240 times in a week. That is quite a lot of people reading your thoughts! I have submitted management articles so far, mainly from ideas on my other blog http://thehumanimprint.typepad.com but I might submit some other articles on food safety and how our food is produced - i'll keep you posted in another poultrydiscussion!