Hazel, willow, beef and storytelling from Bedfordshire


Gravenhurst winter

Gravenhurst winter

Suddenly winter’s here and although we are currently sitting between huge areas of snow to both north and south, it’s been really cold (for the UK). We’ve been at or below zero degrees for nearly a week, our wood burner is running 24 hours a day and the central heating has been acting up (now fixed thanks to Les Newton – super Gravenhurst plumber).

The cattle are well and truly inside and eating prodigious quantities of food and mostly looking good on it. I managed to crush a finger on Sunday and not notice for a while because my hands were so cold – something of an unpleasant surprise as I thawed out. Not too bad after a couple of days though.

I’ve had to cancel a job in Luton tomorrow which involves creating some hazel arches in a school garden with small beds prepared for live willow planting next spring. No point trying to incorporate compost into frozen soil so a day doing something different will need to be planned – a mix of fencing and paper work both of which should keep me warm.

It’s a challenge to be positive and cheerful in December.  However, Christmas looms, and that’s great; and with it comes the solstice and the start of lengthening days. All plain sailing from the very top of the year.

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