Welcome to John’s blog.
From memories on the farm to wise words on life; John’s blogs are best enjoyed with your feet up and a cup of tea in hand. John Clothier began his cheesemaking career at the age of five; his mother Ivy bringing him to the dairy ‘to keep him out of trouble’. John has put his years of experience to good use, devoting his life to the family farm and business that his parents started in the early 20th century. John continues to help his sons Richard and Tom and nephews Rog and Dave run the business to this day.
Memories of Summer haymaking
On my morning walk I passed a field where the grass had recently been mown for haymaking. Not a very common occurrence nowadays I might add, as most farmers make silage because it is less dependent on the weather; a real bonus with our reliably - unreliable weather patterns!
When my dad Tom took responsibility for our family farm (Hill House Farm) in Wyke Champflower, the farm was quite small only consisting of 66 acres and 33 fields. As you can guess, there were many fields of less than 2 acres and miles of hedgerows and ditches to maintain. However, it was a start for Tom and his new wife Ivy, and they were keen to make a success of their venture.
My Dad Tom, Top Class Trader
Going to market with my dad (Tom) was always among my favourite things to do, as I could learn so much from a top-class trader such as he. He could always manage to make that little bit more of whatever he was selling but also buy extremely well when it came to striking a deal with any seller.