July newsletter

Another amazingly popular beekeeping course.  Simon Cousins, the tutor, manages to make what could be a very dry subject funny.  He has to cover everything you would need to know about beekeeping in a day, so it's quite a tall order.   On another day, he met six students in the pub at Wormingford, near to where he keeps most of his bees, for a look inside the hives, suitably kitted up of course.

  6.45 We have just seen the two barn owl chicks sitting on the tray outside their box, blinking in the early morning sun and obviously waiting for the parents to feed them.

  The last day or so we have been trying to get rid of some of the blanket weed (it's been a bad year for it) on the pond ready for filming for the BBC Escape to the Country series, this time on coracle making.  I will show them how we make the coracles here (on Olivia Elton Barratt's Irish Boyne River pattern - should be called "curraghs" really) and then I think they are hoping that the presenter will fall in when she tries one out.