Southease and Rodmell, East Sussex.

Today we parked up at Southease and walked across the fields and along the River Ouse to Rodmell.

Southease is a small village west of the River Ouse. It has a church, a small railway station and a youth hostel:

https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-south-downs?utm_source=google&utm_medium=maps&utm_campaign=google-places#hostel-location-map

YHA South Downs
St Peter’s church Southease

Rodmell is a small village nestling in the South Downs and lying in the lower valley of the Ouse. There has been a village here since the time of William the Conqueror.

It was about a five mile round trip on a beautiful early November autumn day.

It’s Tupping Week.

So this week marks the start of Tupping in the sheep farmers’ calendar, for 2020 specifically, tomorrow (Thursday 5th November).

Tupping

Ewes and rams mate in a process called tupping which takes places in the autumn time. Ewes are only in season once per year – so unlike other animals that become fertile multiple times a year, there is a short time period for them to fall pregnant.

As a child growing up, and still as an adult, it’s as much a part of autumn as Halloween and Bonfire Night. A rite of passage marking the rhythm of the seasons, the farming calendar.