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Every Easter Sunday we hold an egg competition. Will is master egghead who devises new ingenious eggcentric challenges.

Over the years we’ve had ‘How to Get an Egg Across a Lake ( using air power)’, ‘Keeping an Egg in the Air the longest’, ‘How Far can you Splatter an Egg’…how to cook an egg, how to dissemble an egg, egg creations, egg songs, egg poetry, egg music. Around fifteen to sixteen years of eggsperiences.

Locks Park mafia keep a close eye on proceedings

Locks Park mafia keep a close eye on proceedings

This year the challenge was ‘The Most Remarkable Thing You Can Do with an Egg’. Entries were slow starting  but by Saturday they were pouring in from across the world.

Winner of the World Class. Joe and Jess's  most remarkable thing they did with an egg...!

Winner of the World Class. The most remarkable thing Joe and Jess did with an egg!

Judging was hard. Bribes of unmentionable proportions were bandied across continents.  In the end the judge decided to categorise the entrants (those bribes worked) and was happy to award a first prize to all competitors!

Undisputed winner of the Under 10 European Entry - Camille's egg juggling!

Undisputed winner of the Under 10 European Entry - Camille's egg juggling!

There are too many to upload. A big thank you to all participants, judges and competition inventors!


I’ve been ‘proximaded’ by Boudicca from Weeds to Seeds.

I’m notoriously bad at responding to awards and always squirm away. A friend told me I should pull myself together and just get on with it; how horrid/thoughtless was I, she said, not to give someone else’s blog a mention and to acknowledge an award? It’s just a bit of fun, after all.

‘It’s not that,’ I mumbled into my teacup ‘it’s just. Well just. It’s just…it’s just that…I just feel out of my depth!’ ‘Yes, I know it’s ridiculous, but I glaup and gleep with admiration at everyone else’s polished, amusing comments, and their seeming ease of  blog choice;  which makes me, for some peculiar reason,  feel quite inadequate to nominate and remark in return.’

‘Oh for heavens sake!’ she exclaimed.

So here I am: out of my comfort zone: doing it as I should. Thank you Boudicca!

A rough translation of the ‘proximation’ is:-

“This blog invests and believes, the proximity. [meaning, that blogging makes us ‘close’ -being close through proxy]. They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize, and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut, or that they propagate? Then let’s try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to 8 bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this text.”

So here they are, and no one is obliged to do anything at all if they don’t want to!

1.    catherine Sherman
2.    elizabethm
3.    heidi
4.    monsieur mouton
5.    raining sideways
6.    ramblings
7.    round the water trough
8.    urbanextention

Countryfile November issue

Countryfile November issue

Exciting and totally unexpected – Locks Park Farm has been nominated as ‘Blog of the Month’ in BBC Countryfile Magazine’s November issue! Thank you Countryfile, I feel very honoured.

Hello and a warm welcome to all new visitors. I hope you enjoy reading and rummaging through my posts. I’d love to have your thoughts and comments.

If you have anything you’d particularily like to know and that you think I may be able to help with,  please ask and I’ll do my best to provide an answer.

Copies of the magazine will be out this Thursday 16 October.

Bloggers for Positive Global Change Award

Imagine my surprise when turning on the computer to do some work last Tuesday evening I found that Sara of Farming Friends had nominated me for a Blogging For Positive Global Change Award! Read the rest of this entry »

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