Farming column – December 2017

 It is a quiet time of year on the farm and it is nice to be able to relax a bit and enjoy more leisure time.  What has become a regular event over the winter months is the annual “Potato Wars” which is held at The Grapes Inn.  A number of local potato growers each take a sample of potatoes to The Grapes where they are washed and made into chips.  Bowls of chips are then taken round the customers for a blind tasting and the sample voted as the best chips is awarded a trophy and has the privilege of supplying The Grapes with potatoes for the next year.  Those taking part this year were Alex Lange, Stephen Rooke, Andrew Wilson, Stuart Prest and The Sparrow family.  The winner was Stuart Prest and he was presented with the trophy by Trudy Carr.
When walking round my fields just before Christmas I was delighted to see 8 swans on one of my small ponds.  I didn’t have my camera with me at the time so I went back the next morning which was a bright frosty morning and was able to take some pictures of them.  They were obviously feeding on pond weed and they stayed for a couple of days or so before moving on.  A couple of days later I saw a herd of 7 Roe deer in one field and 3 in another field.  Their numbers are increasing year by year and they are a lovely sight.
Stephen Prest

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