The Autumn Issue Redlake is out and contains an historical article about an apprentice in the village; without the space to publish interesting illustrations in the newsletter, here is a PDF of George Davies’ Indenture.
In addition, the Farming Column, written by John Phillips from Treverward had to be severely cut and edited to fit it in the newsletter. With apologies to John, the editors are here publishing his full, unadulterated article:
A new broadband page has been added to the website -
Road closures went as planned, I think. It seems a little disappointing though that they have only patched the road, when we all thought there would be a lovely new surface to drive on! Also, why have they ignored the stretch of road between Weir Farm and New Invention?
A few of us met to talk about Yoga Classes in the Village Hall. Although there has been quite a lot of enthusiasm, we still do not know how many people are actually willing to commit. The result of our meeting is that we will have a trial run of 4 x fortnightly lessons on Wednesday evenings at 6.30 pm. These classes are taken by Clare Johnson, who has been teaching yoga for many years and has learnt much about how our bodies work in conjunction with our minds. Whether you know nothing about yoga and want to find out, or you have been doing yoga for years, but need direction and perhaps motivation (like me), Clare can help. See the ‘What’s On’ page for more details.
New Year’s Eve Party
It is becoming a bit of an institute and as such is well worth attending. So -
Farming Column Redlake Issue 32
Well it’s frightening to think that almost a year has passed since my last column, how time flys. Last winter came and went with very little snow and led the way for a fantastic spring. It was a case of more luck than judgment in the timing of the weather that paved the way for the best April lambing conditions that we have ever had. We were able to turn lambs out every single day from 6.30 in the morning until 7 o’clock at night. It was truly remarkable to think that on Tuesday the 7th of April the thermometer read 28 degrees Celsius!! –A dream to lamb in and makes you wonder how you ever coped in previous years when the weather wasn’t so kind. Our lambs didn’t really know what rain was until they were 6 weeks old but it was surprising to see that after lambing had finished and we got them all in to do a few jobs and have a count up, the numbers would suggest that the losses were similar to other years. It seems that sheep will still find some way to die if they can! In early June I planted 38 acres of root crops that included Swedes, and a turnip/rape/Kale mixture to provide feed for stock during leaner times in the autumn and winter. I sprayed off and direct drilled the turnip/rape/kale mixture but due to the very dry weather conditions at the time establishment was poor and so a month later I bit the bullet and ploughed the field up and planted the same mixture again. It was a demoralising job to have to re-
May the start of winter bring you all good luck and fortune and always buy British…
John Phillips Treverward.