Crazy busy month we've just had, but at last the bulk of the sowing,  planting and weeding has been done, and the vegetables and fruits of our labours are growing almost as we're watching them! Beans, salad crops, leafy greens, all the kaleidoscope of colour and texture are there out in the field, but I think the one that gives me the most pleasure is the aubergine- just so perfectly beautiful, with that hint of the exotic - can never quite believe that they grow here on our Somerset farm! And without a single pesticide or herbicide anywhere near them....

On a note not so positive but worth saying anyway, Rob discovered that half of our flock of sheep and lambs had been stolen when he went to do the early check on them one morning back along. Thought they'd just got out first of all, but as he traced their path along the lane, he said that he felt physically sick as he realised he could see tyre tracks and marks in the earth where hurdles had been set up to pen them with before loading. We haven't a clue where they went to, but it was a very proficient job, not easy to move sheep in darkness  (not always that easy in the daytime) these people knew what they were doing. Please - a plea- if you see livestock trailers or horse boxes on the road in the early hours of summer mornings, always take the number plate and phone the police, a farmer with honest motives will never mind being questioned, we are all getting far too worried about this problem now.

                                                                                                            

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