Every autumn we look out for the attractive and highly coloured waxcaps (hygrocybe spp), spindle and coral fungi on the farm and at our local churchyards. Worth a search but harder to spot are the strange looking earthtounges. These fungi are strongly associated with old grassland, church yards and lawns and are as distinctive a part of our undisturbed grassland as the wild flowers of the … Continue reading Waxcap Time
Due to a technical hitch, I haven’t been able to post for a number of days, so here is a rather long update on how the hay making has been progressing. Tuesday 15th July We built four racks in the evening, using about a third of the hay that was cut during the social mow on Sunday. Here I have raked up a ring of … Continue reading Hand Haymaking 2014 – Rowing, Racking and Stacking
Sunday 6th April is International Peening Day. For our part, we are holding a Peening and Sharpening Workshop at the Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust. Perhaps your blade is not cutting as well as it used to or it has picked up a few nicks and dents? Or maybe you want to move on from the peening jig and have a go at freehand peening? This … Continue reading Peening Workshop on International Peening Day
Practicing scything and sharpening techniques before heading off to the field to mow, Wales September has been an interesting month for scythe courses. First off, on 8th September we taught a Beginners Scythe Course in Guernsey. It has been an interesting challenge, convincing the folk of the island to give the scythe a go. Here in West Wales, the Scythe Renaissance is going strong, but … Continue reading The Scythe Renaissance in Guernsey and in Wales
This Sunday, 15th July is our Social Mow and Haymaking day at the Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust (see previous post for details.) The event will go ahead as planned, pretty much whatever the weather does – the grass is easier to mow wet anyway and we have a nice dry barn for lunch! I do believe, though, that the weather men are promising us a … Continue reading Social Mow on Sunday 15th July will happen, whatever the weather!
Grass falling to the scythe during our social mowing event in 2010 We would like to invite you to join us for our annual Mowing and Haymaking day at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust on Sunday 15th July. This is a free event, a chance to meet fellow scythers, share your favourite scything tips and have some fun whilst mowing some grass together. Philip may even … Continue reading Social Mowing and Haymaking Day at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust
Learning to sharpen the scythe with a stone After all that rain, the sun shone on us for our first Beginners Scythe Course of the season. In the morning, eight enthusiastic students learnt how to set up a scythe then practised mowing the grass in one of our paddocks, while our shetland sheep watched through the fence. After lunch the farm rang to the sounded … Continue reading May Scythe Course in the Sunshine