The Wimpole scythe festival blog and results

Wympole & Wratsworth

Oh and the rain came Oh and the rain came

Friday night and people were turning up, unfortunately for us it started to rain and carried on for a while, well I suppose we need some water, things have been getting a bit dry here in East Anglia and our newly planted trees have been suffering. In fact there has been about a 40% drop in Junes rainfall. One advantage to the rain was it would help us mow much more easily in the morning.

Early start Early start

Mark on his quarter acre Mark on his quarter acre

What a treat, woke up at 5am to mow a meadow and the sky was blue, not a single cloud in site. Jim was already up mowing his eighth of an acre, now I started on my quarter acre. These are the marathon races, a test of stamina, strength and your ability to keep a scythe sharp and in tip top condition. For…

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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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