Tag Archives: Old Sleningford Farm

A walk along Ripon Canal

I was recently introduced to wetlands near Ripon, a small city in North Yorkshire. In spite of going to nearby Old Sleningford Farm for six years, I still don’t know the area terribly well, because we have largely driven to … Continue reading

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Hackfall

I don’t always read my emails. There are so many that the majority reach the bin before they are opened. Then occasionally there is one which I’m glad I took the trouble to look at. One such the other day … Continue reading

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Trying to stay sane

Over Christmas and New Year, my body behaved in a way I found disconcerting enough to propel me to the doctor’s. Already feeling anxious, I’ve now found myself cramming my time with activities to divert my thoughts but as I … Continue reading

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A wreath for next Christmas

I’ve lost count of how many Wassails we’ve now done at Old Sleningford Farm but this one has to be the best I’ve attended. Perhaps this is in part because my daughter was an enthusiastic maker of headdresses, which was … Continue reading

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Winter starts with white now

There seems to have been more frost this year than I remember for a long time. Thus, at the Old Sleningford Farm workday, I was glad for once to be wearing gloves when pruning the apple trees. Officially, it is … Continue reading

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Marjoram or oregano

On Sunday, one of our jobs at Old Sleningford Farm was clearing some of the raised beds for this year’s plants. It was then that Rachel, who runs the farm, offered me the following herb: It may be marjoram or … Continue reading

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A forgotten pocket

Over the winter at Old Sleningford Farm, we cleared an area of dead vegetation. I asked if I could keep some of the seed heads for my garden and put them in my jacket pocket. Then I didn’t wear the … Continue reading

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Lichen or something else?

I hadn’t been totally sure if the daffodils were out early this year or if was my forgetting when the normal time was. But at yesterday’s Old Sleningford Farm workday, everyone confirmed that I hadn’t got muddled. In any case, … Continue reading

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Seedballs in small spaces

Before setting off for the annual Wassail at Old Sleningford Farm, I managed a few minutes in my own garden. Not a particularly onerous task but one that gave me immense satisfaction. At the Permaculture Ambassadors’ Conference in Birmingham last … Continue reading

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My very own red-veined sorrel

Earlier in the year at Old Sleningford Farm when we were tidying up the paths round the raised beds, there was red-veined sorrel, some of which I brought home to try. I’d expected it to be bitter but in fact … Continue reading

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