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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

where i live - kent, england

mission: MUSE - "where i live"
by guest muse Justine

Sunrise before the work starts.

I live in a tiny little village in Kent near Canterbury and my house is next to one of the biggest hop fields in Kent. This part of England has always been associated with hop growing and the hop picking season has just finished. Hops are used in brewing beer and a lot of the hops are sent from here to the States. The hops are grown on vines and from July onwards they start to flower. At the end of August, for two weeks, the work is non-stop as they are picked from the vines, stripped and shipped off to various destinations.  I have included pictures of the process.
The workers are raised on tractors to reach the vines.

The Hops are then taken to the sheds where the flowers are stripped from the leaves.

Putting the Hops through the machines.

Early morning after the Hops have all gone.

Thank you for visiting where I live. Please feel free to visit my blog to learn more about my life in England.

Until the next time. Justine of Justine Gordon Photography.

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  1. how fascinating -- i can honestly say that i've never seen a hop farm, and now i understand that lovely last photo that was previously in everyday beauty. they're graceful, elegant plants -- and make beer-drinkers the world over very happy! thanks for sharing your world with us.

  2. such an interesting post, with gorgeous photos! i especially love the one with the workers putting the hops through the machines.

  3. So cool! I love looking at pretty pictures and learning something new at the same time.

  4. Very interesting and such beautiful photos, Justine!

  5. I love this. I found the process interesting and very different from Florida with the citrus industry. I love the light in that first photo. *sigh*

  6. Mmmm... beer. :)
    Thanks for this peek into your neighbourhood, Justine. Beautiful photos.

  7. Very interesting -- I keep associating hopps with Southern Germany....I'm glad to know other places cultivate it!

    Thanks for sharing the photos - I particularly like the one of the man in the "factory" -- cool shot.

  8. We love driving through Kent and spotting oast houses. These are lovely photos (I adore the last one). We should meet up some time...I am right on the A2!

  9. interesting! i've never really seen hops in process. awesome!

  10. great photos--I love the light in the first one too, but I have a great affection for tractors so really liked the pic w/the hops spilling out of the trailer. Nice capture of the faces of the men at work as well. I wonder how they fare during off season? Great share : )

  11. Beautiful photos Justine, I felt like I was there with you meeting and watching the workers as they go through their day. How interesting to see the process.
    Thank you for sharing your part of the world with us.
    ♥ maureen