Learning the ropes

Here, late summer is a time of plenty. There are endless tawny-gold fields of wheat and barley stubble. Cattle are sleek and fat, and fruit trees droop under the weight of plums, apples and pears. It’s an easy time of year.


In this district lots of farms grow peas in rotation with the cereals. In spring, feral pigeons will happily take the new seed and tender young shoots until they are full to bursting. But in late summer when the vines are mature, they wander among them...

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