Hazel, willow, beef and storytelling from Bedfordshire

Monthly archives for April, 2013

Storytelling at RHS Wisley

Storytelling at RHS Wisley

Jane’s just leaving for Wisley in Surrey for what sounds like a busy day of stories in the wonderful Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens – part of their Easter holiday activities – more information

Fifty calves!

Fifty calves!

It is almost exactly ten years since we borrowed a trailer and drove to Ed Turner’s farm near the east coast, beyond Ipswich and that’s a long way east; to pick up three in-calf cows. That was a pretty exciting and alarming day and there have been plenty of memorable ones since – births, deaths, sales, […]

First of the 2013 calves

First of the 2013 calves

I spent most of the morning wrestling with a tractor that died last night – in a gateway, with a trailer, blocking a neighbour’s drive. Thanks to John of Town Farm Garage (the best place to take your car for a service), who, rather than going home at 6.30 on a Friday, volunteered to tow […]

Freeing the young stock

Freeing the young stock

The bitter north-easterly wind leaves your face painfully cold; more January than April. The ground’s really soft in places, but drying – slowly. And that made today just a bit of an anti-climax. We got the young stock out onto grass this morning. Usually there’s warmth in the air, sun on your back, working through layers of […]