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In praise of potholes – thank you Andrew

I’ve struggled this month to find something to say that could be entertaining. Austerity and recession and sustainability and depression and general scandal have made me take to my bed for most of January. BUT then!  Andrew White (he of … Continue reading

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A Good Person with bagpipes

A good person with bagpipes? That’s it – Christmas and New Year and the End of the World (as we knew it) all gone.  What’s next? Answer: My official retirement birthday and of course– Burns Night: The annual celebration of … Continue reading

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Towards Sustainability

I can save you money – trust me I’m a car salesman Out here on the farm our single greatest expense (apart from red wine!) is fuel. I continually challenge myself to find a way of reducing costs.  We could … Continue reading

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Copy of our BWI Cerification

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Dear Uncle Jackson

Late in July our good friend Dave Jackson died. My letters in the Sentinel were always written to Dave and usually (as now) addressed to ‘Uncle Jackson’. The main reason for this – although I was older than him, by … Continue reading

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Letter from the West

Before I get into the subject of this letter I have to deal with television – the thief of time. We’ve been back in West Cumbria for 12 weeks and have already lost 6 of those weeks watching the box … Continue reading

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Swallow Tales – July 2012

Go on… says my supervisor.. write something interesting this month for the Sentinel. Instead of your usual drivel [nice word? – drivel]. Carol also wants you to write something about what we do out here on the farm [does she? … Continue reading

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oh wont you write me – Cumbrian confectionery?

Today, in Spyatri, I tried to buy some croissants. ‘Nah’ was the response ..’ there’s no demand’ 2 years back I tried to buy some for breakfast. I was informed that ‘as they were cakes they didn’t make them until … Continue reading

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