Cuckooflower etc.

by Paul Southall on 3rd May 2019
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Two interesting spots today include a Cuckooflower or Lady's Smock which has the small orange eggs of the Orange-tip Butterfly laid upon it. The lower picture shows a medieval hand made gun flint for an early flintlock gun.

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Yellow Wagtails

by Paul Southall on 24th April 2019
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Great to see Yellow Wagtails returning to the farm.

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Bluebells in March

by Paul Southall on 28th March 2019
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It looks like being an early season when Bluebells are in flower in March

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RHS Visit

by Paul Southall on 18th March 2019
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We recently enjoyed hosting a group of Royal Horticultural Society students, who were interested to learn about commercial vegetable production. They are based at Hartlebury Castle and, as part of the visit, we made the most of an unusually warm Winter's day by visiting the Tugwood ponds. Whilst there we looked at the rare mature Wild Service tree (Sorbus Torminalis) which produces small fruit in the Autumn that taste a lot like dates, but first must rot a little bit to be edible! Wild Service timber was also used as far back as the 1200s to make crossbows for the King.

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More Artefacts

by Paul Southall on 19th January 2019
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Some recent field finds have been two stone age flint scrapers, one of which is a finely worked example. The other find is a 4 centimetre polished stone sphere. This is thought to be an early Victorian marble, before they began to be made of glass.

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NFU Horticulture

by Paul Southall on 14th January 2019
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 This article recently appeared in the NFU Horticulture magazine as part of a feature on how farmers can help to look after the environment. The pond pictured is at Tugwood and was designed with wildlife, especially wading birds, in mind.

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Family Fergie Photo

by Paul Southall on 8th January 2019
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Here are Mike and Paul, along with sisters Jane and Shelley back in the day, giving the farm's grey Ferguson tractor a work out. Even now, a few years after the photo was taken, the Swan Pear Tree in the background still produces a good crop.

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Wood Mouse

by Paul Southall on 18th December 2018
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This Wood Mouse's eyes appear to be bigger than its belly!

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Ornamental Squash

by Paul Southall on 3rd December 2018
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Our range of squashes proved very popular over Halloween but they also make great ornaments at Christmas. We have had a small box designed specially so that we can supply an Ornamental Squash pack. As you can see they look great with one or two sprayed gold or silver, and the little Munchkins are as cute as ever!

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Magic Mushroom

by Paul Southall on 15th October 2018
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I found this magic mushroom, the Fly Agaric, in my garden recently. It is not a common species locally. The photograph was published in our local newspaper the Stourport News as part of a photography group.

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