On The Farm in April 2017

It’s a beautiful spring day so come with me on a quick walk around part of the farm.

sun sparkling on water

Past the pond where the sun catches the ripples made by the wind.

ephemeral art

Inspired by The Textile Ranger’s writing about Impermanent Art, I made my own ephemeral art pieces by tying together daffodils and attaching them to trees. Oh, how funny I thought I was putting a post on Instagram of a holly bush that appeared to have bright yellow flowers on April 1st. Looking at my ‘installations’ today, they look rather more like a roadside accident shrine. This old tree has a large gash down one side with a rabbit burrow in the base.

primroses growing on the the banks of a ditch

Let’s carry on through the yard, down the track and jump into the bottom of the ditch so we can see the primroses are flowering on the banks.



Further down the track, the paigles (or cowslips) are just coming into flower. Unlike the primroses, the paigles grow alongside the track.

blackthorn blossom

Around the farm, the field boundary hedges are filled with a froth of white blackthorn blossom, which we hope will develop into sloes this autumn. I’m not sure how we’re going to reach the sloes so high up in this hedge around Gardeners Field.

spring growth on Christmas trees

Dropping in at the Christmas Tree plantation we can see the new growth on the Norway Spruce trees. I’ve read that these spruce tips can be eaten in a multitude of ways but have never been sufficiently tempted to try any of the recipes. One year I made Christmas Tree Gin that smelt just like pine scented disinfectant, which was rather off-putting. We still have half a bottle left, which doesn’t appear to be improving with age.

Bees and honeycomb in fallen branch

Before we head home, there’s just time to check the bees in the fallen tree branch.  There have been some fairly cold and miserable days since it fell and as the bees were very exposed, we were worried they might perish but I’m pleased to report that there are still lots of live bees in situ. This is the top layer of the honeycomb, which you can see is open to the elements. Underneath this top layer are more bees but I wasn’t going to get any closer to see if I could get a photo.

Another beautiful spring day on the farm in Essex.


25 thoughts on “On The Farm in April 2017

  1. sophiezest says:

    How lovely to see the flowers, and the wild bees! As I’ve just learned on my beekeeping course, sadly wild colonies tend not to survive because of the varroa mite…which is my beekeepers are so important.


  2. hoorayaly says:

    We seem to have an abundance of primroses here I am pleased to say. I have already put a super on the bee hive and two frames were being filled when I looked a couple of weeks ago. Lots of veg seeds have sprouted and will soon need planting out! I love this time of year.


  3. Joanne says:

    Lovely to see the primroses and flowering hedgerow. We have had yet another snowstorm and loss of electricity, but spring will eventually get here. In the meantime, your lovely pics give me hope.


  4. arlingwoman says:

    I love that path with the blackthorn blossoms–and as for your decorated tree, that was truly charming. The primroses were of course, a great pleasure. Thanks for the tour.


  5. TextileRanger says:

    It looks so beautiful and refreshing. We are having a lovely cool spring here in Texas, and if the weather stayed like this, I would get so much more done every year! But as soon as it gets hot, I lose all my project momentum.
    Thanks for linking to my post!


  6. Cecilia Mary Gunther says:

    Those bees! How tremendous seeing wild bees.. I love following along down your track. (though I have to agree with you on the daffodils) .. I made wine that tasted like disinfectant once – toilet cleaner actually.. have a great week.. c


  7. croftgarden says:

    The cowslips have just appeared so maybe spring in the north is not too far away. I loved your ephemeral art work – transient and to be enjoyed for the moment.


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