Thursday, 6 September 2012

A Day and a Half.

What a day all round.

First my day. I had a hair appointment at 10.30 in Ripon and set off in plenty of time at 9.30, only to come across a large bale of straw which had fallen off a trailer and was totally blocking the road - hold up number one. When I finally arrived in Ripon with about ten minutes to spare, it was to find that the huge car park, which on Wednesdays is usually three quarters empty when I go, was full and overflowing (it is Market Day and the market is huge). I had to drive around for twenty minutes along with about twenty other cars until finally a shopper just in front of my car pulled out and I got a parking space and arrived at the hairdressers a quarter of an hour late.

Meanwhile, the farmer had arranged for the baler and the wrapper to come at 9am, so that by the time I arrived home to cook his lunch baling was almost finished, but the baler had broken down and the man had gone to borrow a replacement. After lunch he finished baling and began wrapping and immediately the farmer began leading the wrapped bales in. (leaving them out just encourages the crows to peck holes in them and let in the air).

At the precise moment he began, the first load of Winter straw arrived at the gate - an enormous double lorry load and at the same time our farmer neighbour arrived to help him unload it. That took up most of the afternoon and now - after tea - the farmer is out again leading in the bales.

I have friends coming tomorrow for the weekend and I was doing a bit of tidying up of the utility room a while ago and opened the back door, only to find that the strong wind that is blowing today has blown a mountain of straw up against the back door.

In addition to all that, my friend has gone down with a bad cold and as I have spent two days in her company earlier this week, I feel as though I too am going down with a cold tonight - or am I just imagining it? I shall have to wait until tomorrow morning and see what develops. If it is a cold then I shall have to give my friends the option of staying at home if they don't wish to catch the cold. At least there is a good provenance for her cold - she went to a wonderful lecture by that wizard of colour, Kaffe Fassett, on Saturday in York and he had an awful cold, so she thinks she may have picked it up there when he signed his latest book for her. Personally, if you are going to catch a cold, I can't think of anyone I would rather catch it from!

12 comments:

Hildred and Charles said...

Oh gosh, - what a day. And WOW - would love to have been at the Kaffe
Fassett affair, despite his awful cold.

'Leading' the bales in is a new phrase to me, - and also I am not familiar with 'wrapping' the bales. Different terminology perhaps, - or a different method of putting up hay.

angryparsnip said...

Goodness, "when it rains it pours" what a day.
Sometimes that happens to me I call it the domino effect, when the day starts bad it just catches momentum.
Things can go bad in the afternoon but it never seen to be the same as when it starts in the morning. Maybe because the day is half over ?
There are just those days !

cheers, parsnip

Heather said...

That will be one artistic cold Pat. I went to one of Kaffe Fassett's lecture in Bath several years ago and he is such a friendly chap and so easy to talk to. Do hope you can enjoy your weekend and not feel ill.
Hope all the bales and straw got sorted out.

Em Parkinson said...

I've just looked up Kaffe Fassett whom, I;m ashamed to say, I had never heard of. What fabulous fabrics and, indeed, a great passer-on of a virus.

Just one of those days....

rustyduck said...

I was a great fan of Kaffe Fassett and have two of his books, from a while ago. If I had any patience at all with knitting I'd have run up loads of them.

As to catching a cold, call me boring, but it would be George Clooney's everytime.

Hope you manage to avoid the cold, Kaffe Fassett bugs or not.

Cloudia said...

Just one danged thing after another, in`nt it?


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John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

You would think that Kaffe Fassett of all people would wrap up warm and avoid colds.

ArcticFox said...

time for some vitamin C I think - hope the cold doesn't develop and you manage to get your friend round for a couple of days :) - chin up!!

Elizabeth said...

Do hope you don't get a cold.
We have had one for three weeks --heaven knows how.
Kaffe Fasset is my hero.
I have made about 6 of his lovely pillows.

Eryl said...

Crikey, it's all fun on the farm! I hope, at least, you are happy with your hair do.

Now, regarding that cold, I'll take mine from Johnny Depp.

Titus said...

Get the honey, whisky and hot water down you now Weaver!

And I was just cursing the straw lorries this morning. My front path is an absolute disgrace. And as soon as you sweep, the next convoy blows through, so back to square one. Just that time of year!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for all the commiserations over the cold. Glad to say that it never materialised, but I felt so awful that I spent yesterday in bed asleep. Today I feel slightly under the weather, but more normal, whatever that is.