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Friday 26 September '08
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The quest for a straight line continues..


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Wednesday 1 August '07
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Make Hay - Lawson Park Haymaking Weekend

Sat 25th and Sun 26th August

Volunteer for a weekend of hand scything and stacking at Lawson Park's exceptional upland hay meadows in the Lake District, Cumbria. The meadows are a local bio diversity priority having a wide range of wild flowers, grasses and butterflies.

3 hearty meals and overnight camping offered.

Call 015394 41050 or e-mail info@grizedale.org for more information or to volunteer.

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Wednesday 11 July '07
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It makes you sick

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Chantrelles and summer pudding in the making
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Broad beans and stuffed courgette flowers

The bounty of summer, these chantrelles are the big heavy kind particularly plentiful this year, who knows why?

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Monday 2 July '07
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That's a funny looking post

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Solid bee lollipop

The bees swarmed for the second time this week, luckily they settled on this post making it easy to catch and re hive them.

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Saturday 30 June '07
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Shot in the Dark

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Michael and Alistair in Giles Deacon's space age farm wear

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Monday 28 May '07
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More flowers

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Nice veins
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Primula clash

The garden starts to fill with flowers heres a few that made it into the house


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Monday 21 May '07
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Morels

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Barrow morrels in a Russel Wright bowl
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Barcelona Morrels in a T G Green bowl

Excited to find Morels on the sand dunes of Barrow, a somewhat meagre haul compared to buying them in the market in Barcelona - food shopping in Spain is a depressing experience everything is half the price that it is in England and more than twice as good, a fair bit of the seafood is from Britain to boot - but the price of razor clams is phenomenal - well compared to buying them from the fish bait shop. I am now less surprised to hear that they are diving for them on the west coast, apparently even underwater you still use salt to get them to emerge - weird huh


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Saturday 19 May '07
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More emails in English

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Mountain vegetable workshop

to Adam Sutherland

Hello.
I have some more questions about that TOGE people visitted Grizedale.

Q1.Where did TOGE people work ? Did they work in the Lawson Park of your
stronghold ?
Q2.How is the spread of your field ? According to your website, Lowson Park
has an area 15 acres. Do you use all area in this park?

I'm glad if you would answer my quesutions.
And thank you for your kind.

from Eimei Ishii

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Dear Ishii-san

Toge people worked at the Lawson Park farm making 3 new Tanbos (rice paddies) and clearing forest areas

They also collected mountain shoots and ran a cooking workshop for local chefs. The best resturants in the area attended including the famous Sharrow Bay Hotel and Michelin 2 star l'Enclume

On the last day of thier work programme they made a resturant for the village of Coniston in the famous Ruskin Institute. Many local people came (90) and the special food of Toge was very much enjoyed by all. Many people tried Warabi (Braken) for the first time and some started to consider it as a possible crop. The donations (250 pounds) from the visitors were given to the funds for the Coniston Water Festival www.conistonwaterfestival.org.uk a village festival on the lake

Lawson Park farm has 2 areas of land one is 15 acres of land that has not been farmed for 50 years. This is the area the village mainly worked on we are bring the whole area back into use. The other area of 5 acres is all gardens and the village built a bridge now called the 'Toge Bridge'. Later in the year we are hoping to bring a builder from Matsudai to make a new resturant in the gardens where we will make seasonal food including the mountain vegetables introduced by the villagers of Toge. We hope we will have further relationship with the people of Toge as all these projects develop.

All the best

Adam


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Tuesday 1 May '07
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Were building a bridge


Day 2 was wet but bearable and the work pace furious again – with this troop we could scalp the site in a week. I have now noticed that using equipment is the principle joy. There is an antipathy for the spade, I didn’t see one of the village pick one up for a moment, or a hand saw.
Principle achievements were felling timber and clearing fallen trees. The afternoon we managed to ‘plant’ mushrooms (in logs) and build a new and rather substantial bridge. There was little time wasted on aesthetics, just practical decisions about longevity and usability.


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Tuesday 1 May '07
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Now I feel alive again

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Wet work
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Tartan land army

Toge men folk arrived for battle/work on Monday morning at 8am having twiddled their fingers for 2 hours waiting for us all to get ready, and then they were off, no stopping them chainsaws whirling. I started off with a chainsaw but was quickly overridden and my saw handed to a man more able, 72 but more able for sure I’ve never seen my saw work so well, the vorpal blade. The only difficult thing was getting them to stop, a moment of turned back and another tree crashed to the ground, they certainly do enjoy confirming the sound of a tree falling. The day was foul, driving rain which does tend to slow you down a bit, by lunch time everyone was soaked – Yasura-san explained that now he felt alive again. For lunch they all changed into my clothes, a bizarre sight the checked and tartan land army. As the weather worsened I called the afternoon session of and the village slept.


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