Spring has arrived early with an abundance of grass in the fields, which have been rested during the winter. There is usually a ’hungry gap’ around March time when plant life is still waiting to burst into life with a mild break, but this year the early season flowers are up and away including, I’ve noticed, celandines alongside the primroses. Our own Sandy Lane used to be absolutely strewn with the primroses and the Council men, with hand shovels, would take the footings in the autumn and winter and throw them onto the top of the hedge. This would include some primrose plants which would take root at the top of the hedge and hence we had the yellow beauties from top to bottom. What a shame how ‘modern ways’ are sometimes – now the people that would have once been the local labouring workforce go off to university or to work in offices, so there’s no one left to do these jobs by hand.
We have just about finished our lambing season, which has been fairly trouble free, and we hope there is still a good market with the worry of Brexit. Last year we celebrated a century of our family at the farm and we have planted a commemorative beech tree. We hope Reverend Pam will be able to bless it at our annual Rogation Service at the farm on Sunday May 21st at 3.00pm which will be followed with a cream tea.