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A Patchwork Quilt

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Hello, everybody and welcome to our first ever blog! It is nearly one year since we first arrived on the land at Ringrone and began erecting polytunnels and sowing crops to create our garden there. Throughout the summer we would say how we regretted not choosing a spot to take photos at the same time everyday, to be strung together as a time lapse animation at the end of the year. At least we have the images of what we think it would have looked like in our heads.

From plough and harrow; bare earth to a light green hue of weeds, wild oats and Brassicas. They steadily get hoed away in squares and rectangles to make way for sowing. Crops are planted in dice pattern and begin to grow, thin lines of plants fatten out to meet each other, making blocks of colour. Weeds grow in between rows and are hoed away to reveal stripes of green foliage and brown earth. There is a flush of yellow as the wild charlock, that grows in the pathways, flowers. Greens become greener, yet no one the same.  A spell of rain creates rich fertile browns almost hidden by the flourish of growth it supports.  Diversely planted areas begin to flower, displaying speckled reds, purples, whites and yellows. The patchwork quilt keeps changing, flickering through the summer months and into Autumn; greens become duller. Yellows and browns of decay take hold at different rates and the dark earth is once again revealed. A flash of white; frost and snow cover the land. When it reveals what lies beneath, the green and lush patterns have been reduced to bedraggled greys where once proud crops lie flattened and deceased on the wintry earth. Patches gradually become dotted with black as wheel barrows of manure are dished out to replenish the earthly stocks. Once again the land is ready to be turned, a clean slate renewed and the next year’s patchwork sown.

Much to our delight, this morning we discovered the closest we are going to get to this image outside of our minds eye. We have been logging on to google earth all season praying for the outdated images to be updated. This morning we got our wish. We think the pictures are from about july. The crops that you can see have all but been eaten by our trusty crew of 30 members. well done. it looks like quite a mouthful from space!

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