These warm spring days means that the farm has been busy: the dairy herd have left the shelter of the winter barns and have been taken out to graze in the fields, and lambing is well underway.
Its wonderful aroma is starting to fill the air in the woodlands around the farm and there are carpets of green leaves. Wild garlic season has arrived.
With the rise of fast fashion, cashmere, historically one of the world’s finest, softest and most luxurious fibres has been leapt upon by manufacturers and clothing retailers seeking to replicate its softness and beauty and offer the once rare fabric at lower prices.
I recently had my first experience of a sound healing session. I’m not sure what I was expecting but I came away deeply affected by it. I found the experience fascinating, mesmerising almost, but above all I left feeling profoundly relaxed and calmed.
Among the projects and plans I have for 2019, the start of a year always fills me with energy and renewed drive to build on the work we do at Daylesford: to continue to care for the health of the planet and to safeguard it for future generations.
When I founded Daylesford and turned our family farm over to organic farming it was because I wanted to make a change and to make a difference, however big or small. It felt like the right thing to do – the only thing to do, for the sake of the health of my family but also for the sake of our planet and its future.
Decorating our Christmas tree and making the house look festive is one of my favourite times in the weeks leading up to the day itself – I love the ritual and sense of anticipation that accompanies those traditions.
Over the course of this year, as the spotlight has been shone on plastics and reducing global waste, the fashion and clothing industry has in turn also come under increased scrutiny. As consumers we are finally beginning to ask more questions about the way our clothes are produced, the waste the fashion industry generates and the impact this has on our planet.
We host a wide range of events for budding artists and crafters at the farm but I wanted to share some imagery from a workshop we held this week, which I found particularly beautiful and inspiring.
Since I started out along the path towards farming organically, I have been passionate about protecting our bees. Bees are life’s essential pollinators and without them we would no longer be able to grow and produce our food.
Every day we each make small choices that can have an impact on our environment. Of course, choosing to buy and eat organic produce, or grow our own food, is one choice I believe can have a far-reaching effect on our planet and its future, but another that is closely related are the products we use to clean our houses. It’s something I’m very passionate about.
Towards the end of September or early October, the daylight fades and the autumn equinox, heralds the transition to the new season, a time which has also traditionally been marked by celebration.