Fields of Gold

A few weeks ago we were enjoying some family time in beautiful Devon.

Whilst driving down one of their not so busy roads we noticed that the fields ahead had a strange knobbly texture to them. ‘Adventure time!’ I cried much to the joy of the girls and we veered of course and headed towards the knobbly fields. And what a treasure they revealed …

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It turned out that we’d timed our visit perfectly to coincide with the harvesting of the lucrative thatch fields. A local man pulled up along side us whilst I was hanging over the metal gate taking pics and started to tell me a bit about the crops and the area. He even phoned his girlfriend and got her to walk down with a beautiful  book of black and white photography by local photographer – James Ravilious.
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This is an expensive crop.  The farmers cut and tie the wheat with the grain still in the ear. The sheaves, as they are called, have to stand for a couple of weeks whilst the grain ripens. The grain is then threshed out and the stalks re-trussed to produce the bundles of wheat reed. It’s all very weather dependent!
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Technical talk aside, for me it was like something out of a period drama. Bundles of combed wheat reed all around us as far as the eye could see. A truly magnificent scene and one that would love to be able to capture again (timing and weather permitting).
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I so wanted to let the girls run up and down the neatly arranged bundles of wheat. Now that would have made a gorgeous photo!
 
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6 Responses to Fields of Gold

  1. Wow, just learned something new, didn’t know this is how they made thatch, great photos as well

  2. Mel says:

    Wow, we used to see this a lot when driving through Amish country in the US, but have never seen it in the UK. What a sight!

  3. Melksham Mum says:

    This is such an amazing sight. It must have been quite a temptation to get closer & explore with the children!

  4. BlueBearWood says:

    It was truly amazing. I have never seen anything like this in the UK before. The girls and I wanted to go in and have a run a around and explore but I think it would have ended up an expensive playground! Quite fancied going back for a picninc as well :o)

  5. Julie says:

    Wow…this is amazing. Loved the photos..

    Julie

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for posting these photos and information. Not as great as seeing it for real, but I have had the children gathered ’round the computer to learn together. Great discovery.

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