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My list of wishes in my last column didn’t include the biggest flood in the Waveney Valley since 1968, but it happened nonetheless and on Christmas Eve a nearby measuring station recorded its highest ever water level up by nearly 0.5 metres.
We had a bit of excitement in the garden last week. I had a text from my wife to phone the local farmer after she heard a moo which sounded too close. It was, and 75 cows and their calves had got out and were walking down the street.
Spring is just around the corner and it’s very noticeable that winter cereals and grass are greening up, but that’s not surprising when we look at how warm the soil temperatures are for the time of the year.
Well – it has happened. The blight epidemic for 2016 is well under way, with plenty of red spots on the Fight Against Blight maps. There are infections reported from East and West, North and South and everywhere in between.
With wet weather affecting potato growing regions in mid-March, planting looks as if it will be delayed for a little longer until soil conditions come right. Seed management and storage could start to become a problem on some farms.
Well what a winter it’s been – or not – depending on your point of view. I’m sat here writing this with a cherry tree in full blossom in the garden which is around four to five weeks earlier than last year.