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A weekend of scything

This weekend at Sprint Mill, the goats were the stars of the show.
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Mowing in the orchard

Lovely mowing conditions and the chance to cut a nice clean sward for hay making in the orchard at Sprint Mill. Peaceful and sustainable, it’s such a nice way to spend the morning and everyone can work at their own … Continue reading

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Scythe haymaking video

I made this video during the Scythe Improvers and peening courses I ran in August with clips of the group learning to mow in the orchard, hammering and cutting weeds on a slope. It also includes the haymaking Edward, Christiane … Continue reading

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Dawn Mowing at Brantwood House

Time, once again, for the ‘dawn mowing’ at Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin.  Last year, Sally Beamish invited early-rising north west scythers to join her in the beautiful lakeside hay meadow, to mow and prepare for the first outdoor theatre … Continue reading

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Hay Baler

With the hot, dry weather we’ve been having we decided to make hay from the grass cut on my learn to scythe course. The grass is quite light which made the scything easier and also meant it made in to … Continue reading

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Mowing on Romanian TV

Our group of hay-tourists certainly drew plenty of attention from the local media. During the week we were photographed and interviewed by two newspapers and filmed by a local news station, an independent film-maker working with the festival organisers and … Continue reading

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Haymaking poem

I’ve been sent this poem by Neil Diment, community officer for the HayTime project in the North Pennines AONB. Neil was one of the participants on the Transylvania Haymaking Festival and writes, “Having, at long last, tried my hand at … Continue reading

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Transylvania Mowing Competition 2011

While the rest of the sports media was focussed on the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea I was making my own debut representing my country on the international sports stage. This was the first Scythe Mowing Competition in … Continue reading

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Romanian front page news

Christiane and I are just back from a wonderful week at the Transylvania Haymaking Festival.  As well as meeting and working with a great bunch of people from around Europe, we took part in a mowing competition. Christiane and her … Continue reading

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Haymaking festival excitement

I’ve just received the programme for a Haymaking Festival that Christiane and I are travelling to in the Transylvania region of Romania. A couple of friends have been to the country before and say it is a truly special place, … Continue reading

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