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John's Blog

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.

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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!

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Springing into Hope.       

The daffodils are in full bloom and primroses are appearing on the woodland walks, the evenings are a little brighter and the days definitely are, it’s even a little warmer sometimes! Hopefully we are nearing the springtime growing period very soon.

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The Holidays

As it’s summer now, or at least some days, this set me thinking about summers when I was young. Everyone knows they were much better back then, weren’t they?

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An Early introduction to Business and Economics.

Going to the livestock markets with Dad and Jim from about five years old was my earliest recollection of my introduction to the business side of our farming and cheesemaking business.

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My Sister Susan

On the day I was born my elder sister Susan Mary was already 15 years old and about to leave Bruton School for girls to start two years practical work in our cheese dairy before taking on a Cheesemaking course at Cannington College near Bridgewater.

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Farm to Dairy

Most of my school holidays were spent doing what I loved best which was being out in the fields with the farmhands.

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My Brother, Jim

The day I was born my brother Jim was already thirteen years old. By the time I can properly remember him he was sixteen years old and was already an accomplished hand milker, tractor driver, general farm hand and Dads right hand man!

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Tom’s Ten

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.

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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.

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