Thursday, 3 July 2014

Haylage after all.

By the middle of the afternoon it was quite clear that the best of the Summer weather had gone and the clouds suggested that there was rain in the air.   So the farmer rang friend and farmer G, who lives opposite, and he came across and made it all into big-bale haylage.   Disappointing because it was so nearly hay, but this morning we found there had been several centimetres  of rain overnight and the crop would have been wet.   Today has been cloudy and cool, so the farmer is quite relieved that it is all baled and in the open barn.

This morning was our morning for going to the Physiotherapist - it takes up most of the morning but we both find it beneficial.   Then, immediately after lunch it was my hair appointment.   Sadly, when I returned, there was a message on my phone from friend W, inviting me to go down to Ripon to look at the decorations put up there for the Tour de France which comes through here on Saturday.   I had missed her by under five minutes but there was little I could do.

Things are hotting up in our little town and I suspect that it will get more frenetic tomorrow when the arrangements really begin to kick in.   Various yellow signs indicating parking and such like are in place.   Pubs and restaurants have large signs advertising their food and already there is a festive air about the place.

Here on the farm I suspect that life will go on as normal as the farmer has decided he will not walk the two miles to see the cyclists go past.   I would love to go but have no way of getting there as all the roads are closed to traffic - it is Shanks's pony or nothing.  The celebrations are set to go on all week-end with live bands, childrens' play parks, bouncy-castles and the like - hopefully

we shall be too far away from the activity to hear the extra noise.

OK - maybe you think we are spoil-sports but we don't mind everyone else joining in the fun - it is just not for us.

This is a photograph of the giant Wensleydale Cheese I told you about (really a silage bail wrapped in plastic with a cheese-wrapper on it) - sorry it is such a bad photograph but this is as near as I could get without endangering life and limb on the main road.

Sorry to everyone - I have accidentally removed my favourite blog list -  am slowly (with difficulty,) putting it back on again but don't let it stop you paying me a call.   After an hour of working on it I am exhausted - so I will put more on tomorrow.


Gwil W said...

Three friends of mine are going up to Yorkshire for the weekend. They'll be cycling and camping. I hope it all passes off in good spirits and without any accidents.

angryparsnip said...

At lest the haylage was saved.
What fun it all sounds like.
I adore the Wensleydale Cheese. But I don't see Wallace and Gromit anywhere.

cheers, parsnip

Terry and Linda said...

Gosh, I'm sorry about the hay, but you still saved it! That is the best part.

Lots of celebrations go on around here, but on the farm we just truck much nicer really.


jinxxxygirl said...

We often stay home and don't take part in activities that others enjoy. We don't like the crowds and rude people. I wish we lived in the country then we could avoid their noise too. But we are not so lucky. The best we can hope for is that our house doesn't burn down while all these crazy people shoot off fireworks in dry , dry California.......I hope the blessed cycling event goes off without a hitch and leaves you in peace. Hugs! deb

John Gray said...

Have a gin and tonic pat and don't worry about it

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Oh, I HATE it when something like losing you blog list happens. A while back Google+ deleted every single photo from my blog. Still putting them back!

Like angryparsnip, I like Wallace & Gromit.

Arija said...

So glad you got crop in the shed. On a farm weather can be both friend and foe.
I hate it when the cyclists disrupt our little town and block off all the roads. It wouldn't be so bad if it were just the race, it goes on for weeks and the cyclists think they own the roads, riding in mobs even when they are just training.

Cloudia said...

Tomorrow is July 4 Independence Day here in USA. The tourist area surrounding will be packed with folks, culminating in fireworks- which we too shall all enjoy from HOME!

ALOHA from Honolulu
=^..^= <3

Cro Magnon said...

I'm sorry you won't get to see the Tour pass by, you'll miss a great spectacle. Not the cyclists themselves, but all the razzmatazz.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

It's always good when you manage to outsmart the British weather, though it doesn't seem to happen too often. I've been into Cambridge to see the preparations for the Tour; at last there is something to see! Haven't decided yet whether I'll fight through the crowds on Monday and suffer all the razzmatazz in order to see the riders flash by in a matter of seconds.

Heather said...

Such a pity the weather didn't hold a little longer but at least the haylage is safely stored. Sad that you missed out on going to see the decorations - I love the big cheese. Enjoy your weekend of peace and quiet - I don't blame you for not really wanting to join the crush.