Monday, 14 December 2009

Pruning the vines




We have started the task of pruning the vines. a rather cold job with the bitter winds.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Sunday, 11 October 2009

More photos from Mozambique



The sunsets were amazing in Mozambique. I don't think that the photo does it justice. The church in Nampula was also very striking.

Farming in Mozambique








I spent a week in Mozambique at the end of September. The contrast of the landscape to the UK was so striking. The farming principles were very similar and it was an incredible experience - one I will never forget.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Cobwebs in the mist

A beautiful autumn morning with the mist and the cobwebs sparkling in the light .. great to be alive.

Monday, 7 September 2009

A Farm Walk at your Fingertips

Farms are great places for learning, but all too often schools struggle to find the time - and finance to - make a farm visit. Now every child can go field to field exploring the British countryside, seeing and hearing about the way food is grown – and all without even having to leave the classroom - on the LEAF Virtual Farm Walk.

The walk, on a website developed by for the farming charity LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) in consultation with children and teachers, farmers and countryside educationalists. Wherever on the farm the visitor decides to stop – shop, livestock, field, hedge, pond, office, wood or machine shed - there are farmers are on hand to explain what’s going on. There are lots of interactive opportunities to explore for more.

The LEAF Virtual Farm Walk is open and ready for visitors - whatever the weather so check it out at www.virtualfarmwalk.org

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Bees still busy


The bees are still busy in the cover crops - the picture is a little fuzzy because they were proving illusive.

Cover crops - winter feed for the birds


The idea of the cover crops is to provide winter feed for the birds. We will watch over the coming weeks to see if they start to take advantage of the food source.

Clover looking good!



Lots of clover, but any with four leaves?? The clover cover crops look great.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Grapes on the vines


Grapes are growing on the vines!

Red clover


More cover crops in August










Here are some more cover crop photos

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Bees on the sunflowers






One of the other plots now has sunflowers in bloom so the bees have moved on and seem very happy with the next plot we have grown

Monday, 24 August 2009

White clover




The white clover plot is really coming into its own now full of plants in flower. The clover will increase the amount of nitrogen in the soil and benefit future crops.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Cover crops in August








Well some of the cover crops have really changed check out the phacelia - all the blue flowers have gone. The fodder radish and mustard have gone into pod now and they are full of seeds which will support seed eating birds through the winter. Check out how they looked in July and June.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Harvest safely gathered in!




We finished harvesting and all the straw has been baled up and brought into the barn.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Vines in Cornwall




We visited the Camel Valley Vineyard in Cornwall on our holiday - in time we hope our vines will look something like these

Monday, 10 August 2009

Eden project




We visited the Eden project on our holiday in Cornwall - a great day out - I wish my vegetables looked like these!

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Butterflies


Another photo - catching a butterfly unawares.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Monday, 20 July 2009

Conservation Headland




These photos are of a conservation headland in the wheat - a margin between the hedge and the crop.

Cover crops are changing











The cover crops have changed a lot in just a few weeks - check them out.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Bees in the garden




There were a myriad of bees in the garden - check out the photos

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Butterflies




Walking on the farm with the camera I spied these two types of butterfly on the cover crops that we have planted. The brightly coloured tortoiseshell and the white butterfly. The cover crops were alive with white butterflies about twenty flying around ... a beautiful site.

Cover crop plots in July







Just a few short weeks and the cover crops have changed completely. The mustard and the fodder radish are now producing pods of seeds.