Looking forward, to 2021

Hello all. Long time no blog…

I don’t think I need to point out how much of a . . . poor . . . year 2020 has been for everyone, to a greater or lesser extent. I would just like to say, with deepest sincerity, that I hope you managed to come through the pandemic (so far) without loss. And to anyone who was unfortunate to lose someone this year, please accept my heartfelt condolences and understanding…

It seems we face 2021 with much that same sense of caution and uncertainty that we have faced throughout 2020. Hopefully, we are learning lessons and will not be repeating the same mistakes . . . though, in truth, I cannot say I have seen as much evidence of this as I would have liked.

. . . But what of Stackmoor?

Well, for several reasons, including an abnormally high office workload throughout this year, not much work has been done around Stackmoor. Dawn and I had planned some hedge planting and general maintenance of the meadow area, but mostly we were interested in observing the seasonal cycle to further decide what work would be appropriate.

The flooding during the first 3-5 months was more extensive than we had been lead to expect (and it seems that in general 2020 turned out to be an exceptionally wet year), so the tree planting plans we had for the woodland bordering Danish Camp, had to be shelved for the time being.

The flooding in the meadow was more of a surprise and furthermore meant a change in plans . . . not many wildfowers of the types we were considering, thrive in such perennially wet land.

Then the winds cause more damage to the already fragile willows, causing one to split asunder in spectacular, but not unfamiliar fashion.

My next few blogs will detail some of the work I’m planning for next year, and hopefully I will be maintaining these blog updates more regularly. I have a lot of work I’d like to do, which should keep me and my boys busy for years. . . Who knows, maybe one day I will feel confident enough in what we manage to accomplish, and open Stackmoor to occasional public viewing days.

I wish you all a happy holiday, and a healthy and happy 2021.