The greatest reward of touring the countryside with microphone in pocket and pen behind ear, is the opportunity for new experiences. Badger Faced Sheep. A name that conjures copious images, but none as pretty as the sheep themselves. I’ve spent a considerable part of my life surrounded by sheep, certainly long enough to get to […]

On Wednesday night I had the privilege of addressing the members of the 2016 Oxford Farming Conference during the annual debate held in the historic Oxford Union building. The motion before the house was “Agriculture is an Equal Opportunities Industry” and I was invited to argue against the proposal. For those of you who weren’t […]

Paper-white sheep grazing a hillside stand bright against tempestuous, ravaging skies. Tractor lights burn life into otherwise dark and desolate mornings. Mud clings to wellingtons with unparalleled force. The official onset of winter signals Christmas’ encapsulating joy, but also the suppressing weight of a long walk to summer. It’s a time when the countryside can […]

It’s a topic that divides families and splits opinions; plain or smoked? Dry or wet-cured? There’s a simple answer to one section here – go dry cured. Nothing good can ever come from wet-cured bacon… The background: Wet-cured bacon is soaked in brine or is injected with a solution that contains the salts and curing […]

Name: Tim Down Location: Bristol Date: 2008 Occupation: Fruit Wholesaler Offence: Having for sale, kiwis that were four grams too light, contravening EU laws. What a remarkable world we live in, one where consumers have to be mollycoddled, one where for years retailers were banded from selling misshapen fruit and vegetables, one where five thousand […]

One week.  Ten thousand and eighty minutes.  Six hundred and four thousand, eight hundred seconds. In short: the length of time I’ve not been farming.  The news I’ve sold the business I started at the age of seventeen shouldn’t be new to anyone, unless you’ve found this blog for the first time.  For you newcomers. […]

The disparities between the countryside and urban areas are easy to see and hear: rolling green hills, the smell of manure and the crack of bird scarers all point to a rural location. Whereas the incessant scream of police sirens, a Costa on every corner and street lights, stun your senses in any city setting. […]