There is a definite autumnal feel in the air and the first of the narcissi are just breaking through the ground, we can’t hide from it any longer- the season is on the change! We thought we’d take a look back at the summer and come up with a list of our top 10 events.
1. WEATHER- what can we say, it has been fantastic!
2. Thanks to the weather we had a bumper crop of scented pinks. You can read one of older blog posts to find out how we grade and process the pinks, making sure the flowers you receive are of the highest quality.
3. Earlier in the year Cornish artist (and former St. Martin’s resident) Sue Lewington launched her new book Scilly Flowers, a collection of paintings of flowers that can be found on the islands over the course of the year. The original paintings were exhibited in North Farm gallery, including a gorgeous narcissi sketch that we couldn’t resist.
4. This summer we started selling beef from our Devon Ruby Red cattle, this proved extremely popular and what with it being a BBQ summer the burgers sold out in a matter of weeks! For more information about our Scilly Cow beef you can have a look at our new website.
5. Thanks to the arrival of our new machinery we are now able to make haylage on the farm. Haylage is not as dry as hay and doesn’t require the chemical treatment that silage needs, making it a perfect choice for us. The haylage will provide winter feed for our growing heard of cattle.
6. We heard about Lonely Bouquet Day via an email we received. The idea is to leave a bouquet with a ‘take me tag’ attached ready for a willing passerby to find, spreading joy and happiness. You can read about the fun we had leaving bouquets on all five of the inhabited islands in our previous blog post. Little did we know it would prove such a hit that a bouquet was even left underwater for a local dive group to find!
7. Island resident Ryan Alsop arranged a unique sporting challenge, Run Scillies, to raise money for Cancer Research. We were all very proud of Ryan for completing the 32 mile run around the coast paths of the five inhabited islands and the mile swim back from Tresco to St. Martins, not only was he still in one piece Ryan did it in just over 6 hours- including the boat journeys between the islands! An impressive £4,000 was raised for charity.
8. 2013 has been the summer of love as we celebrated the wedding of Jon, our farm manager, and Steph, our farm florist, it was the most glorious sunny day. A couple of months later farm workers Matt and Josie tied the knot and we all enjoyed their unusual jelly sandcastle wedding cake.
9. Our new bulb harvesting machinery has made a great improvement to farm efficiency, our recent blog post details the faster way we can now lift and treat the narcissi bulbs.
10. At the end of summer we took part of Open Farm Sunday and opened the gates of Churchtown Farm to the public. There were tractor rides and a farm trail; there was a bouncy castle and cake, the perfect mix for a day of family fun!