Spring Update From Richard

Down at Godminster, the planning for the rest of the year is over and we have come up with some exciting projects to work on including an improved viewing gallery for the milking parlour, a makeover at our lovely shop, and some visual treats for our show stands. There may even be some surprises later in the year. …Oh don’t we LOVE cheddar!

At the time of writing there is finally some sunshine peaking out from under the greyness and enveloping the rain-sodden ground down here in Somerset. It’s certainly been a particularly tough winter for the farm team who now desperately need the weather to break. For sure it’s going to be a late cropping season.

The cattle will be “Going Rodeo” when we are finally able to present them with fresh pasture – and that’s really soon we hope.Still, multiple cords of ash and cherry wood, harvested from the second thinnings in Pondside Wood (planted by us as saplings in 1995), are now stacked undercover where they can season in readiness for a later log fire. The wild garlic is making itself known and the hedgerows are showing signs of life too.

Currently we are lucky enough to have a pair of white swans inspecting our wetland area and its surrounds with a view to nesting. Here’s hoping…

The chickens now have full combs and so egg is definitely back on the menu!

In the produce garden we have been preparing the ground and seedlings for the forthcoming season and the glasshouse already has peas and salad leaves coming along well.

We have also been thinning clumps of blind daffodils and spreading the bulbs in drifts around and underneath all the old orchard trees. There are seven varieties so it will be interesting to see how it looks in five years’ time.