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Liz Wright’s smallholding diary - Changing Seasons
12:10pm Sunday 19th August 2012 in News
What a surprise to see pewits (lapwings) in quite significant numbers dropping into a field near to us. Isn’t this a bit early for these birds? When the lapwings are here and the swans fly in over our house, I know we are in autumn so this is rather confusing to have such early arrivals. Also the Exmoor ponies have been moulting since the beginning of August. Horse and Hound readers have also noticed this and they ran a small piece about this. Apparently its all down to the unseasonal summer weather we have had. Conversely our donkeys (and I believe quite a few other people’s donkeys also) have the flattest, shiniest coats that I’ve ever seen. I’ve just joined the WI as an associate and was pleased to get their newsletter yesterday. Plenty to do with the WI and they are very good on traditional craft and cooking skills. It’s great the way this well established organisation has adapted to exist throughout the years but also retained its core values. Here in Fenland we also remember Octavia Hill, born at Wisbech, and a founder of the National Trust. She originally envisaged the countryside for all walks of life and was keen on community gardens so full circle today.
The proposed Wisbech community garden in her memory has just received a grant and will be a great addition to this elegant and sometimes misrepresented town.