I have just walked with Tess and all around me were the sounds of farm machinery. Autumn is on us whether we are ready for it or not. Last night there was such a low temperature that some areas had a frost and some areas of Scotland are even forecast to have a covering of snow at the week-end. The Times says we may get an 'Indian Summer' but there is certainly no sign of it at present. So things have to be speeded up.
The forecast is for sunshine and showers - the showers being very picky where they choose to fall. Yesterday, returning from the hospital, we came through areas where the roads were swimming in water and then, a hundred yards further on, an area where the road was completely dry. And so it is today too.
With this in mind the farmer has chosen to cut half of his second-crop silage grass this morning. There is a good crop on the fields and I have just walked down between the rows with Tess, looking in the hedgerow for blackberries. I like to leave some of them for the birds, but just a few to add to a couple of cooking apples makes such a nice sweet. Now we hope for a couple of days when the showers miss here and the grass dries up nicely so that it can be baled.
In the hedgerow the hawthorn berries are red and already the birds are eating them. I wish they wouldn't because this is really their Winter food and at the rate they are eating those berries they will all be gone when the harsh weather comes.
Saturday is our Wensleydale Show - in the fields at the top of the Lane - and today they have begun to erect the large marquees. There are a lot to put up - one for the cattle on show, others for handicrafts,baking, produce, exhibitors, poultry - such a lot of things. And then there will be all the Trade Stands. As this is the one hundredth Show it will ne a very special one. I wish I was mobile enough to walk round it with the farmer, but sadly I just cramp his style and he has been enjoying the Show for the last sixty years or so, so I now insist that he goes on his own. I will see if I can persuade him to take the camera so that my readers can get a taste of things.
New electric blankets have been ordered for all beds this morning - that is a sign that things are cooling down. Until they come it is a case of snuggling up and keeping warm. Enjoy your day wherever you are.