Mendip Times – February 2017

This column originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of Mendip Times ————————- Can there be a wetter month than February? Yes… possibly July with the way our weather patterns are changing. We should however be grateful that within this

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Mendip Times – January 2017

This column originally appeared in the January 2017 edition of the Mendip Times —————————————————————————– New Year was never something I got excited about, although I can understand why many people do. A new beginning, new opportunities and a blank sheet

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NEW! FWAG South West Orchard Pruning Course – Feb 2nd

The first of Les’ 2017 courses with the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group  has just been announced for Thursday February 2nd, at Worth Farm in Hele, Exeter. This is an opportunity to learn traditional orchard pruning and maintenance skills. Advice will

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Orchard Course – Saturday 4th February 2017

*UPDATE- We have now sold out for the 4th Feb – contact Les Davies if you are interested in attending any future courses*. Les will be running his latest One Day Orchard Course on Saturday Feb 4th at Parsonage Farm, West Lyng,

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A West Countryman’s View – And So It’s Christmas!

With my advancing years , Christmas seems to come around with frightening speed! Its at this time of year that we are all visited by the ghost of Christmas past in one way or another. Memories of my childhood Christmas

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Mendip Times – December 2016

  I cannot believe it is almost Christmas! So what will the weather be like this year? Cold and frosty with snow on the ground or wet and misty with rain in the air. What is a traditional Christmas after

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Mendip Times – November 2016

I missed the swallows leaving this year. It feels almost like not saying goodbye to a friend before they leave to go home. Perhaps as in most cases, my mind was busy elsewhere and I simply forgot. They always used

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Mendip Times – October 2016

This column was originally printed in the October 2016 issue of the Mendip Times.   October, and the nights begin to close in. Where did summer go, or was I at lunch when it happened? When the sun did shine

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A West Countryman’s View – Life is Weather Dependent

No matter how much you try not to, the weather will always creep into any conversation you have with people in the countryside. After all why shouldn’t it, its the weather that controls everything in our lives be you countryman

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Mendip Times – August 2016

August, and summer, are upon us once more, and Les finds himself  musing on the extraordinary, changeable weather of the English countryside in this month’s Mendip Times column! Les looks into the various manifestations of that great English pastime –

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