Do you remember when you were a schoolchild, and the first day back after the holidays, your class teacher would ask you to write an account of your break? I can still remember the tales of my classmates; holidays, adventures, and even misadventures with the occasional broken bone! Well this post is the grown up version of my holiday story.
Back in August I wrote for the Soil Association blog on my new project to re-establish a cherry orchard in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Over the summer and into autumn my colleague and I undertook lots of preparatory work, such as soil testing, creating planting schedules and sourcing root stock. This work was rather like getting ‘ducks in a row’ ready for the winter dieback, when we could make the most of natures rest period. However Christmas was to be anything other than a rest for us!
I’m ready to admit it was hard work. In freezing temperatures the work seemed even harder thanks to the frozen soil. However I was working in a winter wonderland of picturesque frosty mornings and glorious sunny afternoons. I was also fuelled by Christmas treats of turkey sandwiches and endless pots of tea accompanied by friends homemade mince pies and my Frankfurt stash of Lebkuchen.
As I return to work my desk seems like a welcome rest but I’m looking forward to spring and the next big push to plant the new tress.
Whatever you did with your Christmas holiday I hope you had a great time. May I also take this opportunity to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.