Bracken tends to get a pretty bad press, and with good reason. However, bracken can make a positive contribution to a habitat, garden or farm system. On our holding we have come to value rather then fear our stands of bracken. Bracken growing at the top of Cae Top Bracken … Continue reading In Praise of Bracken »
We have added more scythe course dates for the coming season, see below for details. There are courses for the beginner and the more experienced mowers. The first courses of the season are very popular, so book early! See below for details. If you will be traveling from further afield, … Continue reading Scything and Peening Workshops 2019 – more dates added »
The last order date for Christmas delivery is Monday 17th December. Orders placed after 6pm on 17th December will be sent out after the Christmas Holidays.
In dark, rainy November we are starting to plan for the next scything season. The first courses of the season are very popular, so book early! See below for details. If you will be traveling from further afield, you can find a list of local accommodation to suit all budgets … Continue reading Scything and Peening Workshops 2019 – first dates available »
Meadows are a beautiful sight but have you ever noticed their scents? During the day there is not much, except maybe the sweet smell of curing hay. Come the fall of evening though, the scents come alive. One of the rewards of working outdoors late into the evening is the … Continue reading Night Scents and Secrets »
Sometimes an early rise during haying weather brings a surprise. We had a lovely hour of mowing in the atmospheric mist. The mist gradually burned off as the sun rose. The sun on the wet vegetation was stunning. I take a lot of pictures of sunny, hot hay making. Below … Continue reading Misty Morning Meadow Mowing »
This year’s West Country Scythe Festival was a great success. Don’t worry if you missed out. Here is a round up of the festivals that are still to come this summer. Look out for one near you! Team mowing at the West Country Scythe Festival Meadows Connections Festival 14th and … Continue reading Scythe Festivals of Britain and Ireland »
A Peening Bench or Peening Pony Before you begin peening, you need to mount your peening jig or anvil. There are many ways of doing this, from a purpose built peening bench to mounting the anvil / jig in large log. Here is how we make a simple peening bench … Continue reading Make a Simple Peening Bench from Offcuts of Timber »
Phil will be taking Falci scythe blades and the Fux Luxor blade along to the West Country Scythe Festival (Sunday 10th June) If you will be there and would like to buy one, look out for him and ask!