Here is a guest post by an up and coming young writer. It is the account of our alternative school trip. See here for why she wasn’t in school!
Me and Mum went to the Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury to find out about the history of farming in Somerset.
This is the granary, it was used to store oats and barley for animal feed, and wheat for milling it to flour.
In Somerset the four main types of money making crops in Victorian times were apples for cider and animal feed
Peat from the Somerset Levels for making compost
Willow, also from the Levels for basket making and shrimps from the sea, but you know what I think about THAT!
We looked at the farming year from preparing the ground to sowing the seeds and harvesting the crops. This is me with a rather disturbing stuffed horse, YUKKY!
And this is the STUFFED FARMER!
These are some of the farming tools, there is a plough, a grindstone and a bean drill among other things.
Somerset is also famous for cheese making, especially CHEDDAR! My brother's favourite. Actually his favourite cheese is any cheese!
Here is the dairy where they made butter and cheese
Here I am looking at aVictorian kitchen. I really liked the sugar cutter, Mum loved the bread making machine!
This is the pantry, it has food in it.There is an orange tin on the top shelf, it's a biscuit tin! Yummy! There are eggs and knives and pots and pans and a sugar loaf (now I see why the sugar cutter was needed!)
Outside there is an orchard with rare types of apple trees and in the orchard there was... A MAGNIFICENT CHICKEN!
I learnt a lot about how farming has changed over the past hundred years or so and was very interested in seeing some of the equipment used to grow food. We saw lots more than this and took loads of piccies (and had lovely cake) but I can’t put any more in here because I need to go and read!