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Wild Writing in Wessex - Harvest; Home.

Postby Nicola Chester » Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:08 pm

Stubble straws; John Barleycorn has the last word, spurting an accumulation of dew up our bare legs as we go gleaning.

There are grain spills on the bends of the lanes, for the last of the farmland birds. Modern farming has become ‘an ecological holocaust’ (according to John Lewis-Stempel). Harvest is a bitter-sweet romantic time when the recent rural past is perhaps at its most tangible. On this farm, the wild bird cover, nectar strips, beetle banks and chalk grassland break up the chemical aggregation of the arable: rich seams of life and colour, joy and hope holding the patchwork together.

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