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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Cirencester September 3rd 2019

3 September 2019, Tuesday Day 18 of travel, day 2 on Thames Path, Ewen to Crichlade. After breakfast at the Thames Head Inn we took the taxi to Ewen, where we started our walk along the Thames Path. This is where we had left off yesterday. The walk was across grassy meadows and fields, dodging left and right, as the the river snaked its way through the valley. We passed by some stately Cotswold stone homes and fences. This stone is a creamy yellow colour. There are beautiful flowers in the gardens and along the path. The river through here is only a small ripple of water and pools. We came to our first mini weir and several groups of swans. The partially cloudy sky provided some great reflection of the trees and clouds where the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Cirencester September 2nd 2019

2 September 2019, Monday Thames Path day 1 We found our way cross the fields to the source of the Thames. Very dry. The source consists of a stone monument and a sign for the Thames path as well as a circle of stones showing the spring that occasionally has water as a source of the Thames. We were almost to Ewen before we saw the first puddles of water in pools where the Thames normally would flow. But today was nice and a walk was lovely. At the closed Wild Duck Inn we called for a taxi and went into Cirencester. Here we came for a restaurant and view the old Roman City. The taxi left us at the Fleece restaurant where we had lunch. When visited a bank and the pharmacy to pick up ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Cirencester January 12th 2016

Hi everyone We spent the final four nights of our trip around Cirencester, UK. We've spent the last few days with the Willows: Floss, Bess and Chris at Ampney Crucis. It's been delightful seeing them again. Bess goes to school now and is so grown up. We had our usual shopping expedition and Bessie is now ready for her party season with a floaty dress, shoes, bag and accompanying accessories. All the walking around was a bit hard on Floss who is 8 months pregnant. We all perked up again with a feast of Turkish Delight at the end of the shopping spree. Peter and Chris did a double flight of real ales, at the pub where Daniel O'Brien and Peter did the same thing two and a half years ago. Most enjoyable and different ales. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Cirencester September 20th 2014

Hi everyone We have been in England for a few days now and the weather has been very good. It rained yesterday morning and was beautiful in the afternoon. We are now in Ledbury, Herefordshire (near where Top Gear’s Richard Hammond lives) with Helen and Gavin for a few days after having spent four delightful days with the Willow family in Ampney Crucis, near Cirencester. Bessie is quite the grown up girl now. We can see the difference in her since we were in the UK last year. We’ve had a fun time going to the park, going out to lunch and reading her stories. And then there is our shopping trip on Friday! I can’t wait for that. Floss and Chris have been doing a lot of renovations to their house and it’s looking great. ... read more
Blenheim Palace: lovely afternoon tea spot
Wobbly hedge at Blenheim Palace

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Cirencester October 28th 2013

Hi everyone This is just a quick message to let you know that we are safe at the Willow's place in Ampney Crucis. We avoided any problems from the storm that hit the south of England last night. Luckily we disembarked sunday morning. The captain of the ship told us they were anticipating bad weather but we had no idea how severe it would be. Thank goodness we didn't come back on Monday. It would have been horrendous. We're preparing red curry pork and sweet potato for dinner. Just the thing to warm everyone up when they get home from work on a bleak dark day. Love pj and sandy Xx... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Cirencester October 7th 2013

Hi everyone We are here is sunny England. I know this will come as a shock to many of you but the sun is shining and it’s quite warm: 18 degrees. The evil weather comes later in the week but for now we bask in the sunshine in Ampney Crucis with the Willow family. I hear it was 39.9 in Brisbane. I’m so glad to have missed that. The flight from Hong Kong left on time and uneventful so we were relieved. So BA is now at the top of my preferred airline list. We arrived in the UK at about 4:30 am and picked up our rental car in the dark and rain. Unbeknownst to us, Peter dropped his phone in the Heathrow car park. Some very kind soul handed the phone in and rang ... read more

Hola a todos! Ya ha terminado mi estadía en la granja. Han sido unos meses duros; he pasado frío y aguantado lluvia y dolores de espalda de tanto agachar y cargar. He preparado la tierra, sembrado y limpiado los cultivos de maleza hasta mas no poder – mi último día pasé quitando cardos (una mata muy espinosa) de un campo de cebollas. Pero también ha sido un tiempo de gran aprendizaje e inspiración. Siempre he tenido la convicción de que la siembra orgánica funciona, pero ahora lo he visto con mis propios ojos y no solo esto – lo he sentido en mis manos fríos, en mi espalda adolorida, en el olor de la tierra y la gloria de la cosecha. Algunos cultivos han sido devastados por la plaga (babosas más que todo) o ahogados por ... read more
Cosecha de guisantes
Cosecha de ajo

Hola a todos Finalmente llegó el verano. El cielo azul, los pájaros cantando! Y hace tanto calor que parece el trópico. En el jardín todo esta creciendo de manera impresionante. Durante todo el mes de abril y hasta mediados de mayo las matas parecían quedadas, esperando, pero ahora están crecidos, exuberantes y muy saludables (ver figuras 1, 2 y 3. Claro está, la maleza también crece – pero todo el trabajo que hicimos en abril está teniendo sus frutos – está todavía manejable con relativamente poco trabajo. Ayer (Lunes) ayudé a hacer mantenimiento de las matas de tomates (ya tienen uno que otro tomatico verde). Pero lo que había que hacer era quitar los puntos donde empieza a crecer otro tallo (Figura 4). La idea es mantener uno solo central para que la mata no gaste ... read more
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Hola a todos! En el transcurso de las semanas que tengo trabajando aquí he visto que utilicen diferentes métodos de control de plagas y enfermedades. Así que esta semana voy a hablarles de todos los que he observado hasta el momento. 1. Primero que todo, y creo que esto es uno de las estrategias más importantes, es la rotación de los cultivos para asegurar que no se siembran miembros de la misma familia uno después del otro (por ejemplo no se debe seguir una siembra de tomate con berenjena o pimentón debido a que pertenecen a la misma familia: Solanaceae). 2. El uso de malla fina para cubrir a los cultivos. Esto se utiliza para las zanahorias, el repollo, el coliflor entre otros (figura 1). Es un método de control bastante generalista ya que evita los ... read more
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Hola a todos Esta semana una de las tareas era arreglar el área del compost, la cual estaba un poco desorganizada. Así que esta semana voy a hablarles del compost. El compost forma una parte integral del sistema orgánico. Es fundamental para proveer nutrientes al suelo, pero también tiene otras ventajas tales como: 1. En sequía aumenta el poder de retención de la humedad del suelo, a la vez que mejora la capacidad de drenaje en tiempos de lluvia. Así mismo, hace más permeables los suelos arcillosos y más absorbentes los arenosos. 2. Aumenta la porosidad, obteniendo suelos más esponjosos que permiten el flujo de aire y oxígeno. 3. Tiene pH neutro. Regula el pH, aumentando su poder ... read more
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