For those of you who have not come across it already, do pop over and visit the website of the Scythe Association of Britain and Ireland (SABI). The Windrow – a good read SABI produces a newsletter, called The Windrow. Interesting and informative, the latest issue and the back catalog are available to view here. Scythe Local Given the current Covid situation, we’d really like to … Continue reading The Scythe Association of Britain and Ireland
The Falci order is here! Despite the lashing June rain, we successfully took delivery of a pallet from Italy yesterday. For those of you who have been patiently waiting, the Falci 187 Short Ditch Blade is back in stock! (EDIT 24/06/20 – wow, they’re all gone already! Please sign up for our Newsletter to be notified when it is back in stock.) We are also … Continue reading New Falci blades and Welsh Made Peening Benches
We are often asked if it is possible to mow a lawn with a scythe. The answer is yes and there are many people in the UK doing just that! Lawn mowing can be a test of a scythers skill, it takes some thought and practice to do well. Here is a summery of the factors you need to consider if you are thinking of … Continue reading Mowing a Lawn with a Scythe
What to do if you’re running low on animal bedding? Go out and harvest more! The bracken on our farm needs controlling, but it is also an incredibly useful resource. Amongst other things, we use it for cattle bedding. When the autumn harvest began to run out, Phil and I took a late cut from a scrubby corner. Despite a winter of rain and wind, … Continue reading A Late Bracken Harvest
Bracken tends to get a pretty bad press, and with good reason. However, bracken can make a positive contribution to a habitat, garden or farm system. On our holding we have come to value rather then fear our stands of bracken. Bracken as part of Britain’s Ecology Bracken is natural part of the British flora. It provides valuable habitat for small mammals, birds and reptiles … Continue reading In Praise of Bracken
The last order date for Christmas delivery is Monday 17th December. Orders placed after 6pm on 17th December will be sent out after the Christmas Holidays.
Sometimes an early rise during haying weather brings a surprise. We had a lovely hour of mowing in the atmospheric mist. The mist gradually burned off as the sun rose. The sun on the wet vegetation was stunning. I take a lot of pictures of sunny, hot hay making. Below are some pictures of the delights to be found in a misty meadow.