The North East is full of now-forgotten ceremonies and folk rituals. For instance, traditionally after Christmas young men from the region used to impersonate the plough oxen and collect money for drink, while Lord Neville of Raby claimed the right to kill a stag on the high altar of Durham Cathedral each year. 197 more words
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Last year in 2015 I watched the rain fall in late April and my thoughts went out to my father who I knew would be in his shed going over and checking planting machinery for the 100th time in preparation of the annual sowing of wheat and oats on “Bombah” my family home , the farm I grew up on 60km west of Tottenham. 446 more words
There’s a new, low-cost (but pretty smart) mini-tractor that’s part of a business start-up in Abuja, Nigeria, called “Hello Tractor.”
What makes the tractors smart? 689 more words
Trust me; the only way to develop the skills of a gardener is to get out in the garden, and garden.
Read all the horticultural books and manuals you can lay your hands on; renew monthly subscriptions to your favourite magazines and periodicals if you so wish; plough that daily furrow across the World Wide Web as you Google endlessly in the hope of unearthing some old (or new) wisdom that will enable you become a better gardener, but it is worth considering that nothing will be more formative in your quest than to feel the soil in your hands and the air in your face as you cultivate the dream in your head. 144 more words