Yesterday was a lovely summer's day, hot and sunny although there was the odd thunder shower during the day. The grass in the silage meadows is getting very long and is consequently beginning to die off down at the bottom. It was decided that it was the day for cutting the grass and beginning the process of cutting, tossing, tossing again, rowing, baling and wrapping, although rain was forecast for today.
So the farmer and a couple of friends cut all day (until 9.30pm) and there is now a lot of grass down. There is always a hazard because curlew nest in the fields around here so you have to be on the lookout for them. The farmer saw a mother with four chicks - she hurriedly took them into the bottom of the hedge out of the way. Then he spotted a curlew leaving the nest. By the time he got back to the spot she was sitting again and he was able to cut round the nest leaving her enough cover to hatch her young safely. Also whoever does the next stage of silaging will be able to see clearly exactly where the nest is,so hopefully she will bring them off alright.
This morning, as predicted, it is raining - but hopefully it will soon dry up. And, as the farmer says, the grass is dying off at the bottom so it was desperately in need of cutting and it will eventually dry out enough to continue.
We are making yet another visit to hospital in Middlesbrough today
(an hour away) - this time is for the farmer and his perforated ear drum.