Shots and shoots

I had my first go at archery today with Towton Battlefield Society. With only one pair of gloves between us (leather to protect our fingers on the bow), my daughter and I had to take it in turns, which I found quite hard. The bug had bitten after the first shot, even if it and most of the subsequent shots didn’t hit the target!

However, there was a first shoot when I got home. At last, the broad beans seem to be making their way to the surface of the soil. Which is both a relief and a surprise. After all the cold weather and rain, I had expected the seeds to perish.

To make it more likely that I do get a crop next year, a net cloche was quickly placed over the broad bean patch to stop hungry wood pigeons having a nibble. At the same time, the net should enable the shoots to receive rain water without me having to lift up the cloche to manually provide it.

All being well, these beans will feed my daughter’s apple tree some nitrogen. Digging to sow the seeds will have disturbed the mycelium but hopefully that is a price worth paying for this benefit. As well of course as giving us some beans.

PS I tried beech leaf noyau for the first time during the archery session. I am not a fan of gin but the beech made the drink into something that is quite palatable. It reminded me of dry sherry.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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17 Responses to Shots and shoots

  1. Good luck with the beans – they are my favourite.

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    I tried archery once, I was rubbish, but it’s fun. A broad bean shoot how exciting, love broad beans when the pods are tiny.

  3. Clare Pooley says:

    Archery has always appealed to me but I’ve never had the opportunity of trying it. I think my arthritic hands would complain if I tried it now!
    Congratulations on the broad bean shoot; I hope you get many more!

    • Helen says:

      Shame you didn’t get the opportunity to try archery. It’s the shoulders, back and arms which need to be strong, though with a 20 lb bow even that isn’t necessary for one or two shots. You would need to bend your index, middle and ring finger on one hand very slightly to hold the bowstring, so without protection the skin rubs and becomes sore. Whether you could do it would depend where exactly and how severe your arthritis is, I think.

  4. Sounds!like you had a great week! I love archery too

  5. I took the beginner’s course but didn’t have time to keep it up as Number Two Son was playing at Wakefield Trinity Academy in those days and it took all our time. I enjoyed it.

    Always meant to try beech leaf noyau.

    And finally – really should overwinter broad beans again.

    You are like the voice of my conscience reminding me of my good intentions!


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