Scythe Association of Britain & Ireland

Wympole & Wratsworth

It was that time of year again when SABI holds its winter meeting- being Health & Safety Officer I had to attend; not a problem as John Letts always has a warm and welcoming house. It’s also nice to meet everyone again and Oxfordshire is reasonably central to us all.

John’s house is like a library, full of his academic work on thatching and arable crops associated with straw etc. I have always had to have a gander through someone’s books and it’s amazing what you can find out about people- subjects that you would never guess they were interested in as well, of course,  as loads of subjects associated with their work or hobbies. Boy, he’s got more than me! Much was talked about and, for the life of me, I can’t remember a lot of it… just as well Beth took the minutes. One thing I do remember…

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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