September letter from The Ferns Veggie B & B chat about autumn fruits, Battle of Britain and Newport’s Jeremy Corbyn

Autumn in the garden

Here in Newport we are  being almost swamped by fruit and vegetables from the garden.


Our cordon fruit trees. Note the old blanket at the end which help cushion the pears when they drop.


Williams pears, James Grieve and Russet apples

Pears, peaches and apples have done really well this summer.  Because I only have a small freezer, some of the  fruit goes straight into Kilner jars. The new type are a bit more fiddly that the old type as they have a lids that hangs down the side. Does anyone remember the old ones which simply screwed up? But still I am glad that the Kilner business has been revived. The  damsons which I get from my brother-in-law’s farm are just starting to get ripe. I always serve fresh, frozen or bottled fruit from our garden for my B & B guests


Because  I try to be organic in the garden, we do have a few problems with rust and scab for example. I try to get the infected leaves off the ground around the trees. We shall be putting sticky rings round the fruit trees and / or tarry black stuff. I have a pheromone trap for the codling moth – there are lots of the moths in the trap but  there seems to be no end to the holes in the apples.

Battle of Britain

As I was watching the Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary yesterday, it reminded me firstly that my dad’s cousin, Arthur Dunn, was a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps and died in 1918 in Shropshire on a training exercise. He was only 18. In addition, I thought that our B & B  visitors can easily visit the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford.


Above & Below: Views at Cosford Aerospace Museum


This is about 15 minutes away from us.  It is also free. I donated memorabilia about Arthur Dunn  to the museum. Arthur is buried in Southern Cemetery Manchester, and, on the anniversary of his death in 2018, I am proposing to go and lay a wreath on his grave

Here is ArthurArthur Dunn2

Newport’s Jeremy Corbyn

We have had  reporters buzzing around recently trying to find out more about Jeremy Corbyn, who came from Newport.

He came from a well to do family who lived on the south side of Newport and went to Adams Grammar School, during which time we are told he developed “a rebellious streak”.  Jeremy recalled that, ” I was active in the League Against Cruel Sports in Shropshire…It’s a hunting county, so I was in a minority in my school in being totally opposed to blood sports and shooting for that matter. I remember on Monday mornings at school, one of the masters would start on about who had been shooting at the weekend. I said “that’s stupid, its cruel, it’s not sport”… I was kind of in a minority of one!

I am entirely in agreement with him on this topic, although  not on others.

However, something else of interest is that his father, DB Corbyn, did a lot of research into the Anglo-Saxon origins of Newport. He was the first person to propound the idea that Newport was originally called ‘Plaesc’ in AD963, This is now generally accepted by historians. Well done Jeremy’s dad!

Enjoy the  “season of mists and mellow fruitfullness”

Best wishes to you all