A combination of the wettest April on record and strong gusting winds from the North took it’s toll on two of the ancient Oak trees at Sennicotts last night. We’ll try to make best use of the precious wood but it will take hundreds of years to replace them.
Every year in the spring a single pair of wild Mallard ducks visit us. Usually their stay is for no more than 2 weeks.
We don’t know where they come from or where they leave us for but we’ve become attached to their annual visit. Another sign of spring.
This year however they look like they want to extend their stay. They have built a nest in the walled garden and laid six eggs. The nest is located right by the main doorway into the walled garden and no amount of human traffic and noise appears to unsettle the sitting mother.
The dilemma is whether we value our veg or our visitors more?!
…even if it is the wettest on record.
Just found this old Christmas card. Priced at 29p I’m not sure how old it is but it put me in the mood for Christmas – or at least to start thinking about it.
Fantastic team effort to build a monster bonfire in the woods. Well done everyone!
Our hard work might well have been in vain but for some timely advice from the Natural Navigator: use a leaf blower to get your Autumn bonfire going. It worked perfectly.
St Mary’s Sennicotts, Chapel Lane, nr Chichester. Taken today.
The hedge on Chapel Lane was laid in 2009. See here.
Eloise has officially opened the fete. Father Charles has prayed a prayer of blessing and we are in full swing!
This could possibly be the best fete ever. Huge amounts of hard work have gone into the planning and set up.
There is real ale, Pimms, tea, cakes and fresh produce. For the children there’s a bouncy castle, dog racing, a treasure hunt and loads more – a whole afternoon of entertainment for the family.
And all in a great cause to help Funtington Church and Village Hall raise funds.
Its perfect hay making weather which this year has coincided with the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and of course our favourites the Red Arrows.