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June 2022

June 2022

7 Jun 2022

It has been a busy week with school visits and camps for the...


Farmer John’s Blogs

June 2022

7 Jun 2022

It has been a busy week with school visits and camps for the John Simonds Trust at Rushall Farm.  And it is now nearly 40 years since John Simonds died while driving home one evening during harvest.  John had left school and was working here before going into the army.  He was a lively, spirited lad and full of enterprise, but of course, as one school report entry also stated, “John is trying, very trying”.  We were working late to clear the land of straw opposite Sainsbury’s ready for the builders of the houses on Chantry Green to start work.  John borrowed the pickup to get home and flipped the vehicle over along Back Lane, dying instantly.

24 May 2022

    Bluebells at Rushall Farm I first met Rose Tocock at a Harvest Lunch we hosted for Reading MS sufferers.  At th ...

Sometimes it is good to pause and remember those who have inspired and encouraged us along the way.  One such person in my life was Bi ...

March 2022

17 Mar 2022

Trees obstruct treasured paths while the ways are strewn with debris through the woods. Broken branches, shattered deadwood and carpets of conifer leaves all hide the wet muddy tracks.  Storm Eunice has been and gone, but evidence of its destruction will stay for years. Future habitats are now made for insects and reptiles, fungi, mosses and lichens, and safe homes for voles and mice. Fallen trees and branches provide slow release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere unless handy as fuel for log burning fires.

February 2022

20 Feb 2022

“It is important to stand and stare” Every Sunday I pick up a friend from Elisabeth Court in Theale.  She comes to visit our mu ...

January 2022

28 Jan 2022

When Lindsay and I came to Bradfield in 1974 to work for the Cumber family we inherited, along with sheep and a small herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle, two Shire mares.  They were all that remained of the 40 breeding stallions which had been based in Wiltshire in the nineteen twenties

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 ...

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