What funny times these are... I have to say I feel like one of those people going in and out on a weather clock.
Brexit? Are we in or are we out? Covid-19? Which tier are we in, and will we go out or stay in?
At the end of it all, however, farming goes on, so I am a lucky one. I can go out and tend to the livestock, make checks on the growing crops for disease and so on, and generally take the fresh air.
Even so, I've just learned that I can't do all that at a leisurely pace, because a load of turkeys have arrived and they have to be prepared for individual customers and checked that all's as it should be.
Yet again the weather is playing its part. We've had plenty of rain this week. Fortunately, we don't flood and I sympathise with those who suffer the River Severn bursting its banks. We do get some water logging, however, and it's been necessary to move some of the sheep onto drier fields.
This Christmas is throwing up many new challenges in the farm shop. Because hospitality has basically stopped, there has been a huge demand for Christmas hampers. Also, with only small family gatherings allowed, we've had a lot of requests for small turkeys and joints of meat.
Everything is so different and unpredictable, but hopefully everyone is rising to the challenge.
Wishing all of you a merry Christmas and a happy new year, from us all at Churncote.
David Clarke has been farming at Churncote for many years. He and wife Sue started selling the produce from the farm in 2003, which gives him long-standing insight into the reality of the farm to fork process. David will be sharing his experience regularly here.