Such is the nature of farming that what yesterday was intended to be turned into sweet smelling, crisp hay is now wrapped in netting and on its way to becoming silage (or pickled grass).
Today our extremely hot (for this part of the world) weather has turned humid and black clouds are massing on the horizon. It is possible that thunderstorms may reach us by this evening. The humidity level has meant that the crispness has gone out of the cut grass and it has become limp.
The farmer has cut his losses and asked farmer friend and neighbour G to pop over and bale it up, which he has done, and wrap it in net. It now needs wrapping in plastic so the farmer has to find a contractor to do this at short notice - not usually an easy task. But even wrapped in net as it is now at least it has some protection should we get a thunderstorm and torrential rain. The forecasters say some will get it, others may miss it.
The storm has gone all around us - flashes of lightning and cracks of thunder - but so far no rain. The bale-wrapping man has just arrived, so all will be done even if we do get a storm.
Out to lunch (wraps and salad) with friend S - delicious and lovely couple of hours of conversation. We went to Tennants, our local, very grand Auction House, met friends and had nice chats. Now home. The farmer is leading in his wrapped bales, Tess is itching to get on her afternoon walk, I don't feel in the least like eating tea after a rather large lunch.