All the grass is down - all seven fields. The weather is sunny and windy and we are just hoping that it stays like this all week so that the farmer can arrange for a contractor to come in and bale up the grass and wrap it. The pieces of machinery necessary for these operations mean that it is never worth us buying such equipment - it is far too costly - and it is much easier for us to get somebody in to do the job for us.
So tomorrow will be spent constantly shaking up the grass to let the air in and dry it thoroughly so that it will be ready for baling on Wednesday - weather permitting. The next job is for the farmer to find a contractor to do it for him. I am already worrying about him finding somebody (!!) but he is not going to bother looking until tomorrow morning. Meanwhile he has gone off with a plastic bag to collect some rather large blackberries which were ripe in the hedge. He has not taken Tess with him - there are now so many rabbits with myxamatosis in the fields that they are a hazard. It is so upsetting to see these blind and almost dead rabbits stumbling about. If the farmer sees one then he kills it quickly and humanely - but I am afraid I cannot do that - I turn away. I am ashamed to admit it, but I really don't know how to go about killing a rabbit, so I have to leave it to suffer longer. The people who introduced this cruel disease should have been made to suffer it themselves I sometimes think. By all means shoot rabbits if and when they become a pest in the fields - but this suffering is never justified how ever big a pest they become.
As for the badger question - I stay on the sidelines I am afraid. Again it is a case of not wishing to get involved. I can see both sides of the problem - I don't think we should ever interfere with nature and try to upset the balance and I do appreciate how upsetting it is for farmers to lose cows - often one of which they are particularly fond. They do have favourites you know.