Chairman's Chat

March

I know It's March but it is the Hares that are mad not you lot!

Firstly let me remind you March 17th is the next National Committee meeting, anyone who would like to come along and see how things are done please let me know asap so we can check on numbers.

Next an urgent request, has anyone seen Winter I think I must have blinked and missed it,I know up north you've seen it and west you may have caught a glimpse but here we seem to have gone from early Autumn to late spring, some people round here are even mowing lawns the birds are nesting and some of the Daff's are already out.

Don't forget all you members the spring weekend is coming up and the cut off date for booking tickets is upon us, you may still be lucky if there is an odd place left, and lets face it when you can look as odd as some of our fancy dressers that's the only thing that's right.

The farming calender is now in full swing, onions and spring barley are in, and the potatoes are going in at a furious rate before the little bit of rain we've been promised comes. After this will come sugar beat followed by a furious round of top dressing and weed control.

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On a couple of personal notes and for you steam enthusiasts I am hoping to have a steam engine back on the farm around September, she is called the pride of Clacton, and was owned by the council but due to financial pressure they are selling her and a group of enthusiasts have been raising money and have asked me if they can house her on the farm, I must admit I will be over the moon if it all works out. Also a couple of days ago my sister sent me this photo of an adder in her garden up near Sizewell, don't get too alarmed it was only about 6” long and they think a gull picked it up and dropped it when it got a nip.

If you are reading this and would like to know more about country link, please look at the programmes section on the website. You are welcome to get in touch with your local club direct or ring myself Tony on mobile 07951 789056, land line 01206 251515 or email antonypaul@live.co.uk.

If there is no club in your area, you are welcome to join in as a national member.

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Tony Paul
Chairman


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February

Brrrr welcome to a cold Feb.

Well I think winter is finally here down south a smattering of snow and some good frosts finally, I realise up tut' north you've got it somewhat harder.

So I hope you have all recovered from New year celebrations or hogmanay depending on which side of the border you hail from, and talking of which Jan. saw Burns night our wonderful secretary Kirsty (who is our Scottish connection) brought back form Glasgow our Haggai (or is it haggises) and with the help of David and Jane put on a wonderful night of 4 courses with readings and a quiz on Scottish geography {Burns related naturally} and of course finished off with coffee and shortbread (home made of course.)

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Jan. also sees the end of the sugar beat season and after one 'technical difficulty' I think you may call it (see pic) it is now all done and dusted, don't forget to make sure the red tractor is on your sugar packet and support British industry. As far as the other farming pursuits go many of us are using these wonderful frosts to fill in furrows or wheeling's left due to the wet autumn patch dirt roads and generally go over ground with as little disturbance as possible. Otherwise its workshop and maintenance and I'm one of the lucky ones with an old cast iron log burner with hot plate so toasty warm and a kettle on the go ummmmmm cosy.

My dog, Molly whom most of you who've been on weekends will know has decided at 16 it's better to be wrapped up in her bed in this cold weather and it takes quite a lot of persuasion to get her to go outside to ablout in the day, and at night she has discovered all the warm spots on the floor where the radiator pipes are close to the floor boards, so there is no walking about with the lights off or you may break a leg tripping over her.

For a laugh I have also added a pic. Of me having just completed a dressage routeen I know it looks as I'm pointing to the horse which way I want him to go but I'm actually bowing to the judges I did not do too well but did get awarded a 'special rosette', which for my first attempt I was very happy with despite it's connotations.

Oh yes and finally all you romantics out there don't forget it is valentines day this month.

 

If you are reading this and would like to know more about country link, please look at the programmes section on the website. You are welcome to get in touch with your local club direct or ring myself Tony on mobile 07951 789056, land line 01206 251515 or email antonypaul@live.co.uk.

If there is no club in your area, you are welcome to join in as a national member.

Country link looks forward to hearing from you.

Tony Paul
Chairman


 

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