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Farmer John’s January ’14 Blog

Farmer John’s January ’14 Blog

1 Jan 2014

Christmas is behind us, and the new year is certainly looking cold and wet.

From our bedroom window we have a stunning view across the Pang Valley. The trees stand on the horizon strong and firm, one in the shape of a cross similar to the John Simonds Trust logo. This morning was very different, no geese or seagulls battling against gale force winds but a truly red sky. The colours were stunning, the cloud formation a one off. The display lasted 20 minutes, possibly just for us, and had all the extravagance and scale of the firework celebrations over the New Year across the world.

Living and working in the countryside offers us those rare opportunities to “stand and stare”; the winter sun on a newly laid hedge, a heron rising with it’s massive wings following breakfast on the Pang, a flock of sheep moving slowly along narrow lanes, the list is endless. The variation in the different seasons adds another dimension to this kaleidoscope of beauty, colour and change. True to form the “red sky in the morning” was “shepherd’s warning” and the rain wasn’t long coming.

So tomorrow’s job is to house our ewes, removing them from sodden pastures, and changing their diet to silage, oats and beans. On Wednesday we will scan all 835, giving us the opportunity to feed those with twins and triplets more generously. Our cows are due to start calving now, but are looking well on the hay we made from our new wild flower meadow. Ploughing will start soon for spring sown crops.

To those who joined us for Christmas Eve, thank you for coming, and particularly Bishop Andrew Proud who really did us proud. It was a great celebration and fun. Over £2,000 was raised towards the fantastic work of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.