By wildwaysborle, Nov 5 2016 04:41PM
The Wheel of the years turns at speed and it has been a while since I posted the news that we continually make, on the website..
We managed to get the winter log supplies in really early. A log run in the frosty weather can feel good - but not if it ‘has’ to be done. Charlie our friendly neighbour with a jcb; did some road clearing work on the woodland tracks and we can now get to the end, where the little waterfall marks our boundary with the folk who own the golf driving range. It is quite a long way from the Long House to that end of the property as Wild Ways land is long and fairly thin. We can now get our tractor and old red trailer down there to pick up fallen wood. That was a big job which has been waiting for some years.
The Sky Lodge windows and door had a re paint, which they really did need.
I found some great pottery clay in the bank of the brook and have been playing with firing temperatures and additions.
We cleared a landslip area where the Borle brook bends to the old Borle Mill, mill race. There is a lot of wood there for small fires, so its ready for us, and for groups to use.
We have had bumper crops of apples and grapes this year. We went apple squashing at Stoddesdon recently and came away with 30 litres or so of juice. We pasteurised some of it and the rest is brewing into cider - although I’m not over fond of cider, I’ve no doubt it we consumed eventually.
The local butterfly group have been to inspect my fields and flowers and have put me in contact with another local group who help with small woodlands. They use heavy horses to pull out thinnings.
We have had lots of creative and exciting times with our regular groups. White Horse Camps are always inventing new ways to experience the changing seasons. Wild Heart Dance spin the rhythms of the Universe into human movement. Our Body Painting Groups and Women’s Groups continue to flourish. Coventry Earth Spirit who were one of the very first Groups to come here, still come, and it was their early support that help build the Godiva steps.
I wonder what the next year will bring… Ideas are already in seed form…