The other day, crossing Wye Bridge, I saw a father and son fishing. The boy had that bright inquiring look so familiar to those who live along Olanteigh Road and, between casts, I heard him ask his father the following questions.
“Dad, what is it that makes that kayak float?”
Dad replied, “Good question, son, but I really don’t know.”
A few minutes later came the second question. “Dad, how is it possible for fish to breathe under water?”
Dad answered, “I don’t know the answer to that question.”
A short time later the boy asked, “Dad, why is the sky blue?”
Dad answered, “I don’t know, son.”
Then the boy commented “Dad, I hope you don’t mind me asking all those questions.”
The Dad, looked seriously at his son and said, “Not at all, son. If you don’t ask questions, how on earth are you going to learn anything.”
Don’t you just love it when real life copies fiction? Of course we know all about the Vicar of Dibley and its village! Perhaps they are waiting for seven brothers?
The real-life seven sisters were pictured by a London commuter who said it was a “strange but amusing moment”.
Several years ago the recently deceased Bert Chittenden took delivery of a brand-new motorized mower. You will recollect that those were the days when Bert led the way in keeping his (several) allotments neat and tidy and, to boot, would mow both major and minor paths. But enough of reminiscing about the ‘good old days’, after all for some they were good and for others less so. Anyway Bert took delivery of his bright red motor on an evening just before the weekend. He awoke next morning to find that thieves had stolen his new machine. As we learned rural thefts of farm vehicles and machinery was a growing hazard for working in the countryside.
However, this tongue-in-cheek look at the issue as seen from the other side of the pond, raised a wry smile.
A significant beneficiary of the presence of agricultural research at Wye College has been Biological Crop Protection. Far from the modern, technological architecture beloved by Imperial College in its grand visions, BCP took over both glasshouses and the old building that once housed the soft-fruit harvests from the nearby fields. There will be many of you remember those fields of strawberries and raspberries protected by signs warning that they had been sprayed with deadly pesticides – yes, we were all fooled by that!
For more than a year the staff of BCP have been made redundant or moved leaving just a skeleton crew to clear up as the grand departure was prepared. WyeWeb tried its best, on behalf of those who regret the loss of all local agricultural activities, to raise an awareness of the incipient tragedy of another loss to employment possibilities in Wye.
It appears that, by the indication that you can pick up for free office furniture items, the final departure is imminent. We wish all the staff who were working in Wye and who lived among us the best of luck in finding new employment. We hear that Wye Bugs, presently occupying the former greenhouses of Wye College, may be taking over the BCP site. Mike Copland and his staff are a reminders of both the status and considerable benefit of biological methods of crop protection.
After a fine day for many, cloud and outbreaks of rain return for the weekend. Stay up-to-date with the forecast if you've got plans 🌧️ pic.twitter.com/xyUOEzI9pM
— Met Office (@metoffice) 2 March 2017
Just as we have been congratulating ourselves about the First Day of Spring and how beautiful the flowers will be in the churchyard – this is what is promised over the weekend!
Congratulations are in order, we think, to Telereal Trillium – we hear that, instead of demolishing the college house in Occupation Road they will refurbish them and let them to tenants. Some of our long-standing Wye College employees have lived in those properties and although things have moved on so that we have no longer ‘Wye College employees’ there are many essential people who still need housing in our village. Telereal Trillium would do themselves as well as us a favour by making inexpensive accommodation for rent to local families. Still, as we said, congratulations are in order if the rumour is correct!