This update could have been written in early September this year as the weather was nothing like an Indian Summer as it invariably can be after an indifferent August. Kingsbridge show was on September 2nd and was the last perfect harvesting day of the year. The show has been held in our Parish at Borough Farm by kind permission of the Smaridge family for over 60 years for a small compensation. They have been very generous over such a long time and it is always a good day when Town meets Country.
As far as I know all the farms in our Parish had just managed to have ''All safely gathered in.” However, there were hundreds of acres left to salvage around the rest of the South Hams with continuous changeable weather. When the days shorten and nights become very dewy the necessity of a third successive fine day to start up the combine didn't happen and some fields which weren't scrambled in were at last done in early October. A few meanwhile had to be abandoned to the elements.
Autumn is well in now and the last of the leaves are showing wonderful colours before they fall.The warm soil has kept the grass shooting well for months but it needs a rest now. So anybody reading this, please take a tip: it will be a long winter, so support your local farmers and Eat Well and Dress Warm (IN WOOL) !!