As Autumn turns to Winter we are already thinking ahead to the Spring and the start of the main scything season. Our 2017 gardening diary recently arrived through the post and some of the blanks have already been filled with course dates – see here for details, more dates to follow soon. Of course before we get to the New Year there is Christmas to … Continue reading Learn to Scythe in 2017
Due to demand, we have decided to offer one more chance to come and learn to mow with us this year. Our last Introductory Scythe Course for 2016 will be on Wednesday 14th September. See this page to book. We still have places on the Peening and Sharpening Workshop on Sunday 18th September. This is a great opportunity to get to grips with the art … Continue reading Extra Introductory Scythe Course Added
Following on from good grass growing conditions in the spring we are doing well with our hay harvest. A heavier crop per acre combined with pushing the making during a good spell of weather in June means that the stacks have been pretty much full for a couple of weeks now. There is still room to squeeze a bit more on the top as the … Continue reading Wind blown windrows
National Meadows Day last Sunday saw us spending a fair part of the day out in one of the Trust’s meadows, saving the hay. This is grass that was cut in the rain on our last scythe course. We would not normally choose to cut hay in such weather, but it is an interesting challenge to save it despite the less then favourable conditions. The … Continue reading Saving the Hay
Mowing in full waterproofs, not what you might imagine when you are thinking about using a scythe. Nine brave folk happily took on the challenge on Tuesday during our wettest scythe course of 2016. The wet grass was cutting nicely though and there was the Red Barn to shelter in for tea breaks, lunch and peening discussions. We were impressed with the general level of … Continue reading Mowing in the rain
“Poldarking” is one of the latest words to have entered the scything lexicon. No, it’s not mowing with your top off. Rather, it refers to that style of mowing that seems to be more akin to golf then scything. You know the one, the scythe rises into the air to the right of the mower, sometimes several feet, then swings down fast and hard, cuts … Continue reading Poldarking vs Mowing with Ease
It’s a weekend of firsts – we had our first beginners scythe course of the season yesterday and we started the first hay making of the year. Phil also found the first orchids in the hay field. The first was in bud……. and the second was starting to open. The beauty of the scythe is that the mower is very aware of the vegetation that is … Continue reading The Summer of Hay Making Begins.