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November 2021

November 2021

22 Nov 2021

“May your word to me be fulfilled” My granddaughter S...



 

Farmer John’s Blogs

November 2021

22 Nov 2021

“May your word to me be fulfilled”

My granddaughter Summer, aged six, has just started at a new school. We were looking after her and her sister Olivia in Eastbourne last week while parents were away hosting a conference in Peterborough. Picking her up on the first day back after half term she announced that she was to play Angel Gabriel in her nativity play. 



October 2021

18 Oct 2021

“Public money for public good?” There are some days that don’t go so well.  Yesterday was one of them.  I lost the keys to t ...


September 2021

20 Sep 2021

Last of the Summer Wine? I am just in quiet recovery mode having had my 11 and 8 year old grandsons, Eli and Isaac, to look after fo ...


July/August 2021

26 Jul 2021

Well, Peter Cuss was right.  The oak trees and hazel coppice had been completely stripped of all their leaves by the winter moth cater ...


June 2021

18 Jun 2021

It has to be said that this time last year I was proudly reporting that we had recorded 109 different species of moth one night in Miram’s Copse on Rushall Farm. That, of course, excluded the ones eating the carpets at home and those devouring our fine crop of leeks in the garden. Well, this year our daily walks through the woods have been festooned with caterpillars of all colours and sizes hanging precariously from the tops of the tallest oak trees.



May 2021

18 May 2021

The water meadows behind Bradfield Village have been under Rushall Farm management for 20 years. When I first came to Bradfield in 1974 Dorcas Ward’s father Giles farmed them along, with gravel top land surrounding Copyhold Farm by the war memorial in Bradfield.  His farm kitchen was always a warm place with generous hospitality.  Careful land management meant that he was able to grow winter barley on the poor gravel soils, crucially followed by stubble turnips.



16 Mar 2021

The other evening while walking the dog and shutting the gates around Rushall I came across a toad sat in the middle of the track, not even startled by my torch.  To me it seemed he had woken up and thought it had been quite a sunny day, and well, it must be spring and time to mate. But then had second thoughts. 



9 Mar 2021

It was at the end of a very wet underfoot walk through the woodlands at Rushall.  We had just seen Graham and Mick, gamekeepers extraordinaire, drive into the woods.  We crossed Scratchface Lane, and passed the huge Douglas Fir when there was a rustling behind us, a sudden crack and crash as



January 2021

12 Jan 2021

It is an understatement that right now in early January it is cold.  It was a few years ago that Martin, who was profoundly deaf and at Brookfields School, came to help me first thing on Saturday mornings.  He was part of a group who come regularly on Tuesday to the farm, but was not coping all that well. He worked with me, bedding up the cattle and sheep, feeding and checking hungry stock, although would have much preferred to be still in bed.



December 2020

1 Dec 2020

Last night it was a full moon, very big with a misty presence. It was just like the pictures in story books with that vague outline of ...


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