Thursday, 12 July 2012
Bite the Bullet.
Well, it has been a sunny day today and, although not especially warm, it has been a good, drying day. Having looked at the weather forecast at 6.30pm the farmer came to a decision, went out and cut the paddock, where the grass was very long and had long gone to seed.
This is the field he likes to make hay from - a little bit of hay is lovely to have in in the Winter for a sheep that is a bit off colour. He has been 'champing at the bit' for days to get it done but there have not been two fine days together. Will there be now?
Well, that is anybody's guess. The forecast says that tomorrow's promised rain will not get as far up-country as us, so it is a risk he just has to take before the whole crop is spoiled. After all, it is only one field, so it is worth taking the risk. So please keep your fingers crossed that he manages to get the field of hay in before the next lot of rain reaches us.
This morning I watched from the bathroom window and counted twenty pheasants stripping the seeds off the long grass. Now it is laid on the ground, so it is easier for them to feed I suppose. If there are any babies around then we haven't seen them, but it would be nice to think that one or two of the pheasants have managed to rear a family in spite of the rain.