It might be raining today but I know that the sun was shining whilst I was otherwise occupied on the annual Farmer-tour-de-France because in just two weeks we have a whole new crop of wild strawberries.
And before anyone jumps to any conclusions (I know I’m going to get emails about this) I wasn’t just whiling away precious time in the pursuit of strawberries, I was actually looking for a beam.
It’s not easy looking for an air dried anything… beam or boule… around here when before you reach the stock you have to eat your way through a patch of little red berries…
I say ‘have’ to, I mean obviously that’s not strictly true, there are no rules about eating berries per se, but it’s either that or march them all the way across the yard and tread them back through the office… and that ain’t happ’nin’… not with a brand new stain free Chestnut floor thank you very much.
So you see we ‘have’ to eat the strawberries… it’s actually essential to the smooth running of the sawmill and to the service of our treasured customers who don’t want to stand up to their knees (just a bit of exaggeration there) in our strawberry patches whilst deciding between this Elm and that Cedar of Lebanon.
So it’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it… and today that somebody is me!
Talking of tough jobs, I thought that was very nice work on the air dried Oak curves guys… I did notice you have tagged them all and made a really nice bay of neatly sorted and stacked boards and I think they look wonderful.
Now, if we could just get some raspberries growing along the back there behind the Oak sleepers …
Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film of the same name. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050986/
This is what wikipedia thinks about our wild strawberries.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Strawberries
Come and pick your own before they’re all gone again….