By November the field-fares had made their journey from Scandinavia to spend the winter in Britain. When walking the orchards they would be seen enjoying the apples on the ground.
This photograph was taken Christmas Eve 2010. We had had the coldest November and December for 100 years. With daytime temperatures averaging -5C and nighttime temperatures down to -14C. In fact, we had to abandon pressing on 16th December as everything had become totally frozen making any milling and pressing impossible. For the first time in 30 years the remaining apples had to wait until after Christmas to be pressed.
I had gone in the morning of Christmas Eve to sell cider to customers and surprisingly, considering the icy and snowy road conditions, there were a few.
- Robert West