Times past


3rd December 1856: “Wednesday; a sharp rime frost & a heavy fall of snow this morning. Threshing barley. Got 3 freights of turnips from the Gt. Field.”

3rd December 1869: “Thursday; morning rain & a strong wind from the south then at 10 o’clock the wind north-west and blew a gale or hurricane & dun great dammage to the stacks & buildings & shipping. Got a freight of swedes from Jolly’s Close to the shed. Seeing to the stacks & buildings this afternoon.”

According to my great-great-great-(great?) grandfather’s farm diaries, December weather in Norfolk has always had it’s moments. But generally these events did not interrupt the lifting of root vegetables. Which was good because Tesco did not have many other fresh vegetables on offer at that time of year.

3rd December 2010: Heavy snow overnight & a light frost. Off to the supermarket this morning to buy fresh basil & figs. Catching up on Australian work this afternoon.


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