In this view, from the lane near the barn, to the right of Glastonbury tor you can see the storms gathering over the Somerset levels. Further over on the right is the Bristol Channel where a 4.1 earthquake took place yesterday at 1.30pm. More on the February page.
Following an extension of three weeks for the killing of badgers in west somerset, 65% of the badger population have been killed, less than the 70% aimed for. Research shows that culling badgers simply increases the area they will roam and therefore more cattle will be infected with the cattle (bovine) TB. Rather than continuing the false accounting in this archaic approach, how much simpler and more cost effective long term to develop vaccination programmes for cattle and badgers rather than ineffectually killing them all.
Somerset has been headline news recently– Flooding, Hinkley Point nuclear power, Badger culling, Fracking, Royal Mail, Hurricane force winds and climate change. Until recently Somerset appears to have been seen as entirely disposable from a London-centric government. More commentary on the blog pages…
This photo is of the depleting barn after the storm and 70 mph winds.
From the lane beside the barn you can see the fences of Glastonbury festival, enclosing the valley, three miles away as the crow flies. The weather has smiled on Festival goers and workers alike. Always around here the tidal flow from the festival laps out and reaches everyone, as the site becomes a city for a week.
The roof of the barn has lost its eyes. As you can see in the two photos, two apertures once added the appearance of a face to the barn but now whether demolished deliberately, or partly by the weather the roof is no longer functional and not seeing. The January page says more about the barn’s function.
I found this upside down sign in the barn hedgerow today. Very fitting for the april fool’s day in which the Conservatives have seen fit to cut so many important and essential services for the poorest in society while maintaining the fat cats wealth. See Lucy Mangan’s comment in the Guardian this weekend http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/mar/30/public-spending-cuts-real-cost
One of the things that has always attracted me to the barn is its location on the horizon of the Mendips. The snow and the snow filled sky have made the horizon almost indistinguishable. The wind is bitterly cold and the silence and sense of isolation is profound. In business the term used for forward planning is horizon scanning, in the current climate the horizon is lost.