Michaelmas Day predictions


Today is Michaelmas Day, which was once an important quarter day in the farming calendar. Here in the east of England where arable farms predominate, Michaelmas was the time when farms changed hands and tenancies began or ended. Harvest was finished and the ground was being prepared for planting the new year’s crops so it … Continue reading Michaelmas Day predictions

Was that summer?


Apart from a few glorious weeks in June, summer 2017 was a bit damp and despite my hopes for an Indian summer, autumn is creeping in at speed. The hedgerows are splashed with the red of rosehips and hawthorn berries and soon the leaves on the trees will change colour and fall to the ground.

Making the most of blackberries


At this time of year, there are blackberries to be found all over the place, from the slightly run down corner of the car park in town, in the country park or in the hedgerows around the farm. Food for free. Who can resist?

All is is Safely Gathered In


Harvest has always been the most important part of the farming calendar, being the culmination of the year’s work and financial investment.