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By the Barn Blog

A collection of thoughts and tales around the life of a farmer.

By the barn May 19

Posted: 3rd May 2019

Another flower easily seen at this time of year is Charlock- a weed of cereal crops, tall and yellow, part of the cabbage family.

By the barn April 19

Posted: 2nd Apr 2019

So the soil is very much a living thing and we don’t want to destroy the balance, it’s much better to work with than against and whatever is taken out needs to be put back- something farming detractors do not seem to think we do.

By the barn March 2019

Posted: 27th Feb 2019

Flowers are becoming easier to spot and the early celandines are turning their face to the sun once again.

By the barn Feb 2019

Posted: 11th Feb 2019

It's also "Februdairy", a response to "veganuary" and a chance to repudiate some of the claims made against the dairy and farming industry.

By the barn January 2019

Posted: 1st Jan 2019

The ewes are all, hopefully, in lamb now and, unless the weather takes a turn for the worst, will be able to manage on what they can find. This also means we must be careful when using Ted to move them- we don’t want him to scare or hurry them too much.

By the barn December 18

Posted: 20th Dec 2018

So you see, all our modern traditions are mixed up with ancient ones.

By the barn November 2018

Posted: 10th Nov 2018

Anyway, we still have to carry on as normal- our sheep need to move to where the grazing is available and we are continuing to take our finished lambs to market.

By the barn October 18

Posted: 6th Oct 2018

She might not have had the career and kudos of women today but was (and women like her are still) intrinsic to agriculture!

By the barn September 2018

Posted: 11th Sep 2018

The summer has come to its end and Autumn begins.

By the barn August 18

Posted: 3rd Aug 2018

Big, fat light grey Wood Pigeons sit heavily on roads and fences, clumsily flapping and leaving it until the last minute to get out of the way, flocking into the fields to clean them of grain.