Field of wheat at Slamseys Farm July 2018



Lately, we have had a spell of hot, sunny days. Lovely as it it to wake each day to a cloudless sky, we need some rain as there was none at all in June and the crops are suffering. Talk amongst the farmers at a party yesterday was that it will deluge just before harvest thereby giving the double whammy of poor yields that deteriorate further in the wet conditions. Pessimism or statistical realism?


Giant dog made from recycled cardboard, fabric and wooden pallet

Lately, there has been a giant dog sitting outside The Barley Barn. It’s an artistic interpretation of recycling and makes an interesting seating place. The bonus of the dry spell is that the giant dog has been evicted from the office, where it took up far too much room as it waited to be dragged out to installed in its current position.


Discussing a print in the printmaking barn at Slamseys

Lately, I have persuaded Ruth to contribute to Slamseys Journal. During the past year, Ruth has asked me several times to write about printmaking but I’ve largely ignored her and instead wittered on about rosehips and rose petals. This is entirely understandable, as I can easily reel off six things you can do with rose petals but am rather vague about making two colour screen prints, but it’s rather frustrating for Ruth.


Mud spattered boots in front of door

Lately, I have resurrected the Life in Mud Spattered Boots blog so that I have somewhere to write about random things that don’t quite fit in here.


Slamseys pond in summer

Lately a dip in the pond looks more enticing with every sun filled day. However, whenever Morris the fox terrier has taken a swim (which he has done several times recently) his progress has been marked by swirls of black mud. I suspect that there’s only a couple of feet of water above a deep muddy sludge, which is far from tempting.

5 thoughts on “Lately

  1. I don’t think people realise how serious this could be for food supplies later in the year. I was managing a dairy herd in Wiltshire in 1976, it cost a fortune to feed them to produce less milk.

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