Strawberry Patches Forever

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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.

This is what wikipedia thinks about our wild strawberries..

Come and pick your own before they’re all gone again….

Posted on August 8th 2012 under air dried timber, english hardwoods, fresh sawn timber, furniture timber, joinery timber, landscaping timber, structural timber. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.


  • Posted August 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Arthur, You mean Wadkin didn’t make a strawberry picker… that is very disappointing! I’d better get on to Weinig…

  • Posted August 10, 2012 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    I have machines that can do almost anything to wood or metal, but I haven’t got anything with opposable thumbs (which are required to pick those tender little berries).


  • Posted August 10, 2012 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    That’s what I like to see, think positive.. get the raspberry canes out… Graham where are you???

  • Posted August 10, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Just read your second blog. Have realised you still have the strawberries. We have some spare raspberry canes. Ask Graham.

  • Posted August 10, 2012 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Hi Arthur,
    Thank you so much for your empathy and support. Only someone who has witnessed acres of strawberries could understand. They are absolutely the most zingy, flavour packed strawberries I’ve ever eaten. perhaps we need to invent some wild strawberry harvesting contraption… does have anything that would do the job?

  • Posted August 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    I also have wild strawberries growing all over the yard here in Somerset. The come much earlier in the year in this part of the world (early to mid-June). They are delicious, but there are so many of them spread out accross six acres. I couldn’t possibly pick all of them. I feel pretty bad when I have to mow the grass and turn them into little blood-spots on the ground. Sorry to hear yours all disappeared.