Welcome to the View from the Hill

Please explore this monthly farming broadcast from the countryside around Durweston village, near Blandford, Dorset, in the south of England.

To access the latest edition please click here

The main features of this website include:

Monthly blog from the Hill, all the latest pictures and text. Click here for index

Picture Gallery: over 900 pictures from all the monthly blogs, all in one place, Click here

Video Clips: this page has a number of links to short farming videos on youtube, some are funny, some relaxing, some with luck are interesting! Click Video Clips in the menu bar above, or here

View minus 10:  See what was happening on the Hill ten years ago, click here for the early days of View from the Hill, and here for the current month 10 years ago.

To navigate the site, please click here or click or hover over Articles  menu above.  Pictures can be enlarged with one click.

May 2012 View from the air


We are based on a mixed arable and stock farm on soils overlying chalk, ours is a family business, and this website is a small window on what happens on our farm around the year.

This site originates in a series of articles written for the Durweston News, our local parish newsletter, which was published monthly until 2015.  An edited version now appears in glossy print in the Forum Focus every month,  and this site is simply an alternative way to access the photographs, and commentary, which if it occasionally sounds a little opinionated, reflects only the views of the author, at times it may need to be taken with a pinch of salt……..

The author welcomes comment and discussion via the message box at the bottom of each page.

4 thoughts on “Welcome to the View from the Hill

  1. Loved seeing the photoes and all the articles – it is the first thing I read when I get the Durweston News. How farming has changed and yet the buildings etc have not. I have several old photoes of the farm and wondered if you would like them please let me know. I remember the post war years and the “changeover” to mechanisation.and how it affected one particular farm hand (humurous). If I ever get round to [putting words to paper I will send them to you. Through Google Earth I can revisit many of the old haunts. Thank you once again for allowing me to revisit.

  2. I would like to use one of your images for a Country Fair programme..might this be possible and who do I ask for permission and how can I get a hi res version for this.
    Many thanks in advance for your assistance.
    Best regards

  3. Dear Mr. Hosford.
    Referring to your letter in the last issue of ‘Forum Focus’ (no.62), as a resident of Sturminster Newton I would be most interested in precisely what ‘right thing’ Sturminster Newton was too frightened to do in your opinion. I would add that I am not a Town Councillor, a member of SturQuest or any other Stur based organisation, just an interested resident.
    Graham Baseden.

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