Schools started back for their summer term this week.

Although we have seen a rise in temperature now and again, for most of us summer still feels a while away.

In this edition, our nostalgic take a tour archives will shoot forward to August. That is when the seeds sown in the spring are ready to be harvested.

But it also reminds us of how school exams were not at the forefront of everyone's mind.


The photo of James Armstrong of HIGH moat Farm near Longtown, tells of his GCSE success but he is also celebrating the fact that the family farm had not YET been hit by Foot and Mouth disease.

looking back at foot and mouth :

We only hope it stayed that way.

Some started last week and some this week. Whoever and wherever you are - best of luck to you all.