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Too Good To Refuse [Apr. 11th, 2015|09:47 am]
Tony Grist
The thin young man at the door was a farmer, come round on the off chance that we might let his sheep graze our fields. He's in the middle of lambing and said it was nice to have an excuse not to be in the yard. I don't suppose I've ever- in all my life- worked as hard as that young man is working now.

He isn't offering any money but undertakes to mend our fences and harrow our ground for free. I called Matthew for his opinion and he was all in favour.  So I called the young man and told him he had a deal.

[User Picture]From: tamnonlinear
2015-04-11 07:17 pm (UTC)
If I had a field that wasn't busy doing anything else, I'd be tempted to take up such an offer just for the joy of being able to say "Look! Sheep!", but I am easily amused. The fence is a nice sweetener to the deal.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-04-11 07:25 pm (UTC)
The field has been lying fallow for two or three years. The choice is either farm it or watch it turn into a wood.
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[User Picture]From: kamomil
2015-04-12 10:53 am (UTC)
My family still owns the farm that my dad grew up on. No one lives there, it gets used as a vacation house. The entire property has become a forest, apparently there was a tax for leaving it unused. I think the government planted the forest. It doesn't look anything like I remember it when I was visiting as a child which is too bad. Well it's too bad for my memories, but good for the creatures who probably live in the forest. I would like it better if there was a way to walk through it, but it is pretty dense. The ground was muddy nearby as well. I will bring my rain boots next time I go.

Edited at 2015-04-12 11:18 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-04-12 02:55 pm (UTC)
Grazing land or farm, either would be good. I read the other day that Britain has less woodland than any other European country- apart from the obvious ones like Holland. This surprised me; there seem to trees everywhere, but I suppose there's a difference between lots and lots of trees and proper Wind-in-the-Willows type wildwood.
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