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Bluebell Woods

It was a blistering hot July day yesterday.

Any animal with any sense was lying down in the shadiest place they could find.

Fizz was out in the farm fields with me and a couple of tennis balls and we were having a splendid game of “Mad Dogs and Englishmen.” 478 more words


Getting ahead with the woodland

If you have been following the blog then you will remember that our site came with 2 acres of agricultural land. As someone who much prefers a bit of sailing to mowing grass on a Saturday afternoon I was keen to come up with an alternative use for this extra space. 186 more words


The peeling bed

It sounds a bit unpleasant I suppose, but don’t worry, it is nothing nasty.

We are building our Orchard House from roundwood Sweet Chestnut poles. They came straight fromĀ our coppice to Swan Barn Farm, completely sustainable and with all the character of the woods in which they grew. 184 more words

Botany: part one

This week we have been taking advantage of the odd sunny day for our lessons. Toby and I have started our Botany topic, so, provisions of pencils, sketch pads and picnics have been packed, and we have headed off into the field. 266 more words


Fetching the Timber

I mentioned a couple of posts ago about our exciting Orchard House Project. This year we will be putting up a building that will be used to house our historic apple pressing machinery as well as a much needed store for our orchard and veg garden related activities. 513 more words

Before and After

I thought you might like to see how this spoon began taking shape and what it looks like after a few years of use.

This one began, as many do, being hewn with an axe from a billet of wood split from a Beech Log. 150 more words