August Newsletter 2011

Hi!  Hope you are having a good summer.  Here in the East of England we have had wonderfully sunny weather since about mid-March.  Luckily our new Landshare Scheme allotments (we share the old kitchen garden with four other families) have the Assington Brook running on three sides, so the veggies have done amazingly well.  We have been able to feed students on the courses with organic vegetables for the last two or three months, which was always the aim.  In the strawbale owl tower, constructed on a course here in 2008, the barn owls have had a successful season with three chicks raised out of four.  All have been ringed, so we shall be able to trace them in the future.  This makes a total of seven new barn owls since the tower was built.

Have a look around the website where you will see all the courses on offer at present in much greater detail.

New topics for this year are:

  • Family History, which will help you trace the family on the internet and then show you how to create a family tree with the information.
  • Hunting with Harris Hawks, an unusual course for only four people.  The birds will be looking for rabbits at this time of the year, and we shall have to keep the cat and the chickens shut in that day, just in case. 
  • Ghost Storytelling with professional Paul Jackson at Halloween, in the thatched strawbale storytelling hut (class of 2005) where we will sit in a circle around a fire. 
  • Scything, using Austrian scythes.  The course tutor, David Mason, says that cutting grass and undergrowth with a scythe is much nicer than using a strimmer.
  • I am hoping to put on Long-bow making, Blacksmithing and Rope Knot-tying, but haven’t found the right tutors as yet.  Can you suggest anyone?

Hope to see you in the forthcoming year.

Best wishes