When it was launched in 2000, the J12 was the first watch that dared to transform high-tech ceramic into a precious material. The first model, striking in black, was followed up in 2003 by an immaculate white version, and the number 12 became another Chanel icon. In the fifteen replica watches years since its launch, the mother house has continued to pay tribute to its iconic watch, issuing multiple variations that run the gamut of finishes, gem-setting and haute horlogerie. This breitling replica year at Baselworld the company introduced a number of new variants. The J12 Collector Mirror, in a limited run of 1200, sets up a play of rolex replica reflections between printed numerals under a sapphire crystal, which are mirrored in the chapter ring underneath. Also new for 2016 is the J12-G10. Available in black or white ceramic, this replique montre timepiece brings the NATO strap, a common feature of military-style watches, to a woman's wrist. In case you were wondering, the G10 in the name comes from the order number for the legendary military watch strap.

FARMING IN STONE CIRCLES

Dairy farming with a difference is probably the best way to sum up the lifestyle of Tony and Judy Farthing.

Tony and Judy farm in extraordinary surroundings in Avebury, Wiltshire, in and around one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe. Although not as well known as Stonehenge, the great Avebury stone circle is the largest in Europe, covers an area of some 28 miles and dates back to around 2600 BC.

Visitors from all over the world flock to Avebury throughout the year - tourists, ramblers, school parties, archaeologists and motorcyclists, together with Druids, pagans, hippies, gypsies and even crop circle enthusiasts!

Interesting

This can make life very interesting and can also cause a few headaches for Tony and Judy who must organise their business lives around events In the village. "It's like doing a risk assessment every time you plan a job", states Judy, "for example, we never do silaging or hay carting over bank holidays, or on Wednesday evenings when motorbikes converge on the village."

Manor Farm, covering 650 acres. was bought by Tony's grandfather in 1939 and later sold to the National Trust.

 

Farming at Manor Farm Avebury

Yes, It can be frustrating�amblers en masse can be difficult to navigate around�ut It Is a lovely place to live and I wouldn't change It. During Foot & Mouth it was very eerie here (with no people) and I got withdrawal symptoms, l do feel very privileged"

It was then rented back to the family. Tony and Judy took over in 1987 and added an additional 440 acres at nearby Kennet Farm in 1988.

The dairy herd of Holstein Friesians was established in 1977. Delays in building work that first winter caused early hardship and meant milking 110 cows through a milking bail into churns! The Farthings now have a total of 180 cows, averaging 8,000 litres/year. They also opened a select bed and breakfast business in 2001, welcoming some of the many visitors to Avebury.

Solstice plans

Hundreds of people visit Avebury to celebrate the Summer Solstice each year. Police abound and villagers are issued with passes in order to get in and out, Tony says, "We put our young stock out in fields at least a month before the Solstice in order to get them used to people and dogs, During the Solstice period I check the stock four to five times a day, instead of the usual once, and our milk is collected every three days Instead of two."

Other preparations for the Solstice Include blocking the entrances to fields with machinery and being constantly vigilant for campers.

Crop circles appear on the farm every year. which is a nuisance. Tony and Judy collaborated with the Daily Mail a few years ago when the Daily Mail made a hoax crop circle. "We didn't know when they were going to make the crop circle." says Judy, "we just woke up one morning and there it was!ﳵp>

Magical

So why do the Farthings continue to farm in Avebury? Tony says "It is magical to wake up In the morning, open the curtains and look out at the stones. It was a hell of a feat for the local inhabitants to dig the stones into the chalk thousands of years ago.쯳pan>

On this farm calves are kept near their mothers.

Manor Farm Avebury

Enjoy a unique Bed and Breakfast experience on a working farm at the convergence of ancient ley lines. Tel. (01672) 539 294

Updated: 27-Jun-13

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