Drought brings Sor­row

Like small­hold­ers through­out Bri­tain, Sam Gray found her­self pre­oc­cu­pied by wa­ter — or the lack of it — dur­ing the sum­mer, as well as tend­ing to Char­lotte, the heat-stressed sow

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Sam Gray’s di­ary

It has fi­nally bro­ken, at least tem­po­rar­ily. The wind and rain are blow­ing and ham­mer­ing down in such gusts that all cor­ners of the farm are getting a much needed soak. It is the first down­pour in months, so it may come as no sur­prise that wa­ter, or the lack of it, has dom­i­nated ev­ery as­pect of small­hold­ing life since I last wrote.

There have been two def­i­nite stages to this near-drought at the farm. The first was all about the an­i­mals; the sec­ond in­cluded the rest of us.

The stream that runs through the fields at Mid­dle Farm

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