Not Oliver but Norfolk

      Norfolk Reed to be precise and this long and dense bed of Norfolk Reed runs up to the orchard alongside a dyke, it is about ten or twelve feet deep at its thickest and two hundred or so yards long.
      The farmer doesn't cut the reed back because it provides excellent cover for the pheasants and partridges as well as Muntjack and Roe Deer. We've also seen grass snakes, frogs and toads in there too, as well as the usual summer bird population and the inevitable rats.
      Norfolk Reed used to be utilised for thatching and livestock bedding as well as a temporary covering for straw and haystacks in the old days. It makes good throwaway pens too and I would think that you could even make quite usable floats with the stems. Perhaps I should cut a myself a small supply, paint and seal them and then try them in the summer. Watch this space for the result.
      Anyway, I think that Norfolk Reed is a beautiful looking plant and as a bonus it does make a lovely noise when the wind blows it around, all that tapping and rustling is very creepy when it is getting dark.
      Speed up you two terriers it will soon be dusk. And it's a full moon. Quickly now.