Extreme day: we got hailed on, rained on, blown on and hailed on again: but made excellent progress with scythe and hedge trimmers clearing bramble and bracken in the East Orchard, using the cut undergrowth to provide the first mulch round the apple, cherry and pear trees and digging out as many of the bramble roots as possible. We cut back our monumentally high and wind-thrashed bamboo to give the cherry trees more room, and then trimmed and stacked for use later in the year for beans, peas and our very own bamboo hedging technique. East Orchard is starting to reappear from amongst the bramble arching spikily over the tree tops, grabbing legs and arms as you try and wrestle it out from the branches and then lying in wait to tear at ankles when you think you've got it to the ground. Cheeky stuff. ;) We ended up drenched, muddy and frozen, but pleased with our hard fought results - a whole row of orchard appearing from the jungle! - and warmed up with Grandma's "bit of everything" soup and fab home made flat breads and cheese. Weather even worse in the afternoon - hail coming down sideways - so inside jobs beckoned: painting the new signs for the land and more work on planning the exciting new projects for the coming year - watch this space for more. :)
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