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Master thatchers at COAM

The Art of Yealming

The Art of Yealming Master thatcher’s Mark and Roger have done a fine job transforming Leagrave cottage with a new coat of longstraw thatch. I had the opportunity to have a go at thatching I started on the ground, trying my hand at the art of yealming. This is a job a great many of

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The Pleasure of Volunteering

The Pleasure of Volunteering – A New Volunteer’s Endorsement It’s a bitterly cold winter’s day. The sky is grey and the increasingly heavy rain is threatening to turn to snow.  The icy wind’s tentacles feel their way through every gap in my clothing. I am working alone. A relatively new volunteer on the Museum farm,

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Summer Nights to Brighten the Winter Gloom

  Taking a look back at our 2016 wedding season there are some amazing photographs of how wonderful our site looks when it’s alive at night. In the darkness and gloom of winter looking back at our summer season is a good reminder of how magical evenings can be….when the darkness doesn’t descend at 4.30pm.

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Goats

Goataly unpredictable

  One of the pleasures for staff and volunteers alike at the Chiltern Open Air Museum farm, advises Farm Manager Conway Rowland, is taking the Old English Goats, Beverly and Crystal for their morning walk. Well that was what I was told as a rookie volunteer some months ago.  I guess he would say that

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