Round the garden in 80 days #42

On Friday, I had trouble cutting the end of a sourdough loaf and would have cut the end of one of my fingers off instead, had it not been for the sharp pain in my left forefinger. The upshot of this was a weekend spent with a plaster on and trying to keep the wound clean.

So, it wasn’t really the dark, damp days that put me off gardening. In fact, I did prune half the Reinette Orléans, so those branches will go to my wood-stove possessing friend when we exchange our Christmas presents.

I also managed to improve my archery at the Towton Battlefield Society meet on Sunday, where I was introduced to the Monmouth Cap, so now I know what to do with all the skeins of wool I’ve been spinning.

Aside from generally liking my crafts, I hope that they are supporting British farmers. And on that note, below is a link to a video I watched last night, courtesy of The Organic Research Centre, regarding agroforestry. It’s a long but interesting discussion and I got quite a lot of my trial Monmouth Cap done whilst listening.

Click on this link to access the video: How can agroforestry contribute to biodiversity

One more thing which has kept me away from the garden has been a walk along the canal near Stanley Ferry in Wakefield. My daughter and I had attempted to explore this area years ago but had completely missed the woods a friend introduced me to yesterday.

However, the only photo I took was of the canal and barges. I’d been somewhat surprised to see a DPD van leaving as we arrived. But life goes on the same everywhere.

In case I don’t post again before Christmas, I hope you all have a lovely time, if this celebration is your thing.

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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15 Responses to Round the garden in 80 days #42

  1. Yes, sourdough bread can be tricky as it ages. Glad it wasn’t too traumatic for you. Monmouth Caps brought back memories of my re-enactment days, when I was young and still keen on camping. 🙂 Have a good Christmas.

    • Helen says:

      Happy Christmas, Simon.

      And tell me more about your re-enactment days. Which period were you re-enacting?

      • English Civil War with the Sealed Knot. I always fancied trying other periods such as Wars of the Roses and Anglo-Saxon but it was a case of time as I’ve often had jobs where I worked at weekends. Julia did a reenactment of East Stoke and was hit on the ankle by a rubber-tipped arrow. She reported that it stung considerably.

        • Helen says:

          The accident with the arrow could have been very nasty!

          There is a War of the Roses group attached to Towton Battlefield Society but you can join by invitation only. How did you get involved with re-enacting?

          • I always liked the look of it, found someone who was doing it, and had a go. Ended up injured several times, injured a few people myself, moved on to Living History and eventually sort of drifted away from it. Nine years of being drunk and disorderly and listening to a number of dull people done on about authenticity from Cornwall to Scotland. Learnt a lot about the period and meant to go back to it, but other things, like rugby, took over.

          • Helen says:

            Ah yes, I remember now a previous conversation we had 😊

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Sorry to hear about your finger – hope it heals quickly. Agroforestry seems to be catching on with some of the less hide-bound farmers around here and sounds a brilliant idea. Have a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2022

    • Helen says:

      Thank you! Finger is on the mend.

      The farmers round here could do with more trees round their fields, though some do have them as a way of keeping unwanted visitors out. Before I knew about agroforestry, I did see wild apple trees round one field in a neighbouring village but whether that was by design or default I don’t know.

      Anyway, all the best for 2022 😊

  3. Happy Christmas to you too

  4. I’m sorry to hear about your kitchen knife injury. Finger injuries are so painful, not to mention a reminder of how much we use our hands. I hope you have a quick mend.

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    Hope you had a great Christmas, sorry I am so late, just catching up on things.

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