• 4 Into 2013 ...

    Right. Christmas is over and done with, so after a bit of a break we're back on track with plans for the year ahead, and it's pretty exciting.

    We woke today to a hushed white land. Roads have merged with fields, each winter branch is etched cotton-wool white, and the pale sky is heavy. Up here above sea level, cradled by hills, the snow falls sooner and heavier than in the towns, and it tends to stick around. But, if it eases off by tomorrow, we'll be heading over to the Langdale Valley to visit three farms. One of the farmers, Isaac Benson, was a young lad when Rob last took his photograph - there will be lots of catching up to do.

    In the next few weeks, we'll be meeting some managers from RSPB and from The Woodland Trust, as well as Julia Aglionby, who is one of the leaders of the Foundation for Common Land. And of course, we'll be spending more time on farms. At this time of year the farmers will be keeping a keen eye on their pregnant ewes, and scanning for twins, and dealing with whatever weather is thrown their way.

    One of the highlights will be a trip alongside some Herdwick sheep on their last journey from their home fells, to the abattoir. We'll witness the process of slaughter, and travel back with them to the butchery on their farm. It's something that we're both curious and nervous about.

    We'll let you know how it goes, and we'll keep posting blogs about our other trips - New Year's Resolution Number One - blog more often!

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