Luckily we love them!!!!...or so i keep reassuring everyone involved! :-)
As many of you will know we planted a woodland/wildflower meadow here on the farm in the spring of last year. The method used was called Forest of Flowers, it is a very new technique that involved planting trees and undersowing with a wildflower mix. You can find out more about this method by looking at our community woodland page and blog. We had been hoping that the flower stalks would die back over winter but due to the very mild weather and the quantity of flowers stems they were still standing completely proud at the beginning of this week, indeed in most of the field they still are! :-)
I had checked inside some of the tree guards at the weekend and had found a couple that had been inhabited by mice over the winter, and many that were full of dead damp leaves.The flowers still standing around them (in many case over their heads) were not allowing for air flow, and the leaves were damp and moulding......we had to do something!
So....the task of chopping down the flower stalks began!!!
Armed with a couple of old sickles from the 'museum' (one of which belonged to my grandpa), 2 machette type cutters and an old scythe we approached ther field!
Cutting down a field by hand would have been a yearly event for people in the past, before the age of machinary such as combines...perhaps when you know no different it doesn't seem like such a massive task!!!
My complete respect goes out yet again to all those farmers, and their friends and families, who tilled the land armed only with hand tools; such work is physically tiring, and requires a great mental strength, a field can seem a very big place when you start working in it!
Thank goodness for all the people here that are always willing to help :-)
My dad cut down the main clearings with his tractor; a much needed moral boost!!! Which left only 70% of the field that needed to be done by hand!!!! so 70% of 12 acres......about 8.5 acres!!
2 or 3 acres down so far, many blisters and a few sore arms!!!!
If anyone is able to give us a hand, please, please let us know!!! all/any help greatly appreciated!! :-)
we will be working on it for the next couple of weeks.....
i still wouldn't change it for the world...i love my work :-)
best wishes, and have a wonderful week,