In spite of the good, dry forecast for this week, today is the first perfect day for silaging. It is sunny, breezy and there is a good drying atmosphere. As I sat in the hairdressers half an hour ago a succession of silage wagons went past - I think most farmers will be doing their third cut of the year. Mark my words - there will not be a shortage of feed in the coming winter unless it is a drastically cold one.
Our absolutely last cut is down and the contractor is coming to bale and wrap it tomorrow lunch time. With luck it will all be led in by tea time tomorrow.
There has been a Study Group in our village for thirty years this week-end. In the first instance it was started by a man called David Hall, who sadly died some years ago. The idea was to make an in-depth study of our village (there is very early evidence here -hence our 3000BC axe head, which I put on my post some time ago) and eventually to write a book. The book was written but the Study Group continued. They now meet once a week during the Winter and have various speakers - for example, we live in a lead mining area too, so it is always interesting to hear about that. As the years go by the wide spectrum of speakers continues to increase. Many members have either moved on or sadly died. Others, like the farmer and me, have just stopped going (me because I find hearing difficult, even with my hearing aid) and the farmer because after a day out in the fresh air he can no longer keep awake!) Saturday is their thirtieth Birthday Party and all past members have been invited. (I was secretary for six years) - so that will be the highlight of our week-end.