First silage is now completed and it is time to prepare the fields for their second silage crop (I spoke about routine yesterday - the routine for the farm is even more rigid and one job follows another just as one season follows another).
My header shows you just how dry and yellow the grass is, although of course it has been cut short and would be yellow anyway. But the ground beneath is hard as I found on my walk with Tess yesterday.
For a couple of hours after lunch the sun was actually shining and hot! During this time we had our stroll - I forgot my telephone and had a couple of arguments with stiles which almost caused me a downfall, but next door are building an extension and I could see the builders and hear them shouting to one another, so reasoned I could always yell to them if I fell.
Half way down the first field we met an unusual rabbit - it was a very light sandy colour. We always get one or two this colour every year. I wonder if someone in the past has let a tame rabbit go in the fields and it has bred. Does anyone else in this country come across such a phenomenon?
Coming back through the front walled garden I found that my old rose, Gertrude Jekyll was in full bloom. I got her scent before I saw her - but isn't she beautiful?