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The Poppy Red, autumn harvest and apples

Date posted: Friday 9th November 2018

The Poppy Red, autumn harvest and apples

In choir we’ve been singing ‘The Poppy Red’, music composed by Owain Park, commissioned by the Military Wives Choirs to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War: ‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row.’

This time last year a large mound appeared on an otherwise bare patch on my next door neighbour’s plot, steaming gently in the autumnal air. And last week Jean was able to reveal the mystery – it was a charcoal pit!

Jean was also very pleased with his impressive harvest of sweet potatoes!

On our site there must be many old varieties of apples on the mature trees, as well as the fruit on the more recently planted dwarf root stock trees. There’s been suggestions that we might create our own orchard for workshop demonstrations etc at some point. This year there’s been the usual produce thefts, including gooseberries and strawberries that can’t be attributed to our wildlife residents, but, plus ca change: as this Guardian ‘Country Diary’ entry shows: __There has, during the years of the war, been an increasing trouble from garden thieves, both young and old. In many cases of boys who have raided the orchards and vegetable gardens the police refuse to prosecute them, stating that the magistrates will not punish boys for these offences. As a result many people have given up their intention of planting orchards this autumn. The pilfering has extended even to taking rhubarb and cabbages. The high price of fruit has enabled the boys to get large sums of money as the result of these depredations.____ __(Country Diary Arthur Nicholson Mon 5 Nov 2018 06.00 GMT).