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.