Damson Day

Just back from a smashing day out at Damson Day in the Lyth Valley. It is small scale, just what we like and we arrived first thing before it got too busy on a lovely sunny day

We were told several times that this was the first time they had held Damson Day with NO BLOSSOM! They reckon it has been delayed at least two weeks by the hard Winter weather. But just after lunch something started to happen …

Yeah! The buds started bursting in the sunshine:

There was a lot going on, including Owen Jones bashing away at making oak swill baskets:

His baskets really are beauties:

There were several other green wood workers there and I had a good chat with Edward Acland about tenon joints in hurdles and gates. He has a natty design in stripped ash poles – goats’ teeth finish, apparently his goats love to eat the bark!

We moved on when it started to get really busy after we’d had our picnic, but not before buying a young damson sapling to partly replace the silver birch at home.

Some glorious views over Lake Windermere:

Rounding off our trip to The Lake District with a cuppa from the Kelly Kettle amongs some clear(ish) felling.

A young visitor to the bodgery

It’s a lil newt, either Smooth or Palmate, apparently it’s hard to tell the difference in juveniles. Anyways it was a nice find in the wood pile. Quite a wildlife day today really – I saw TWO kingfishers today on t’Wharfe, looked like a parent and juvenile so I got a really good look at them and heard their call – no escape now chaps – I know where you live!

We had an hectic day last Friday. Went to collect the new log splitter in Tescos car park on the outskirts of York, checked out some tiles and then went for a picnic at Benningborough Hall (NT).


The car park was full – even the coach park (with cars) so we had to find an alternative location – turned out rather good really. The stock stools came in handy.

Then we went to Horsforth to check out some Elm and came away with large thick sheet – should make some good chair seats.

Today the wood station arrived – finally. More to follow when I get the saw, splitter and station going tomorrow!