Winter Solstice Newsletter 2016

The shortest day and the longest night – it has certainly felt like that, in spite of the sunshine today.  The long, dark evenings are an ideal time to catch up with matters admin and with Christmas festivities only days away it is good to know that when January comes there will be a bit more daylight for all those jobs we didn’t manage to get done before the cold spell in November !

As always our thanks go to all the Wwoofers, members of the Permie and Bee Groups as well as the many friends and family who have contributed to a most enjoyable year. 

Our Bees in Trees week-end was a great success in April and it is a joy to know that the log hive in the oak tree is keeping a colony of bees safe this winter. 

The monthly Forest Garden Sunday lunches were a great success during the summer and we managed to have every one of them without rain. 

The regular Tuesday evening Permie Group created a wonderful outside loo shed out of pallets and somehow morphed into the 5 month Bee-keeping Course which will finish in February.

Apple picking and juicing activities kept us busy during October and November and thanks to our Wonderful Wwoofers, Conan, Sofia and Cristina, it went with a real swing this year.

I am busy putting together our programme of activities for next year and then I am off to the Real Farming Conference in Oxford at the beginning of January.

Happy Christmastide to you all and I look forward to meeting up in 2017 !