10-Sep-2011 -- Not been here for 15 months and so a return visit is long overdue, the last time I was here was just nine days after the summer solstice, and the wheat was about 15" high. Planted along the now routine arrow straight track directly straddling the Prime Meridian.
I approached this from the South and as I came into the village of Barkway I saw something you don't see all the time. A sign attached to a 3 foot high ordinary chain link fence Do not feed the pigs. I stopped went back, and sure enough on a bit of waste scrub land there were these two.
Based on the fields near to home I expected any crop planted this year to have been harvested. Parked at the edge of the road where the bridleway starts and start walking in. After a couple of hundred yards I took the "long shot" to the CP, it is 875 yards to the exact spot. Bit more as you walk it of course - 1200 yards.
They have put up a new sign for the specially managed margin for wildlife. Carry on along the path and just as you enter the woodland path the vegetation has died back enough that you can nip into the field on the left. There is a windsock blowing. Hmm. Look on Google Earth and it looks like there is a grass landing strip here.
Wander along the path, turn right at the bend and normally you cut through the gap in the hedge, everything has been cut right back this year and it is possible to walk along until you come the the pair of benches. One knocked to the ground,the other still standing. sit on it and take this panorama.
Nip into the field and as expected it has been harvested, it has though been replanted and the field looks green from the right angle.
There is one thing different though, they must have new software in the tractor sat-nav or just fancied a change. It has been ploughed and sown on a SW-NE line this time not eh good old S-N we are used to. That will make the next visit interesting.