I shear my own fleece and I wear it I have lawns, I have bow'rs I have fruits, I have flow'rs The lark is my morning alarmer So jolly boys now, here's God speed the Plough, Long life and success to the Farmer. While the verse doesn't mention any of the headaches farmers have always had to contend with - the vagaries of the season, physically demanding work, increasing costs and decreasing prices - it does sum up very nicely the feeling of independence and satisfying productivity that is at the heart of every farmer.
Initially inspired by the development of batteries, it covers technology in general and includes some interesting little known, or long forgotten, facts as well as a few myths about the development of technology, the science behind it, the context in which it occurred and the deeds of the many personalities, eccentrics and charlatans involved.
"Either you do the work or you get the credit" Yakov Zel'dovich - Russian Astrophysicist Fortunately it is not always true.
For many generations Cider formed part of the way of life among farming communities over a wide area of the West Country.
Cider was made on individual farms and was stored in large wooden casks each holding up to 100 gallons or more.
Apparently dating from the late 1700's up until the middle of the last century, quite a lot of china and pottery was produced in England with variations of the Farmers Arms poem.