The Final Harvest …
03/08/2013 § 2 Comments
… maybe … for Barton Farm, Winchester
A long campaign was staged to prevent the development of this ‘green lung’ of farmland that reaches almost to the centre of Winchester. However, the death knell has sounded and planning permission, as many suspected it would, has been granted for 2000 homes to be built on the fields, along with other facilities – a school, shops, health centre etc etc.
There are websites, easily found, that show the battle and the glossy professionalism of media-friendly plans. Whatever the rights and wrongs, I will simply miss the farm where I walk the dogs so I thought, just in case the final harvest is being gathered in, we’d go for a long walk in the summer sunshine and enjoy it.
We start out from home and within 2 minutes are walking up a broad avenue of trees next to the Andover Road out of Winchester. Usually our walk takes just under an hour, but today with photo-loitering we won’t be home for almost 2 hours!
Did you enjoy our walk? When will the building start? I’m not sure – there are phases and phases so it will be many years until the farm is fully developed but I wanted to capture my walk this summer. The girls and I enjoy the farm in snow, howling gales, storms and summer sunshine – early mornings and late into the evenings. Last week a little vixen poked her nose out of the crop just ahead of the blissfully unaware collies – she slinked off into the undergrowth and was long gone by the time they picked up her scent. I’ve seen a deer and her fawn, red kites, sparrowhawks, buzzards with their offspring, a merlin, larks in springtime – they’ll all have to move north to the open farmland beyond Barton Farm.
Last evening, finally we took Dolly (our campervan) out for a jaunt and cooked our supper in the New Forest. Absolute bliss. Dolly has been having a very long winter’s rest which has taken her right into the heat of summer – the time needed to be right and it’s finally arrived. We had such a wonderful supper – a hastily chopped up salad with olives & artichoke hearts and freshly seared tuna steaks. The girls had a whole patch of forest to explore and so many sticks to play with.
We’ve just arrived back for more jaunting and I’ve packed up my cushions and new quilts ready for Winchester’s Vintage and Retro Market tomorrow – it’s all go!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. What have you been up to?