The silage contractors got here about half an hour before it began to rain and had actually been once around the field before it began (four wrapped bales) - fortuitously the advent of rain coincided with the belt snapping on the baler. So the contractor went home and all three of them (rower, baler and wrapper ) will return. By twelve o'clock the rain had stopped, now it is much fresher, there is a strong breeze blowing and the sun is out, so the grass should be drying well.
Secondly, my vow to have a Mediterranean lunch at least one day a week meant that today I concocted a dish of squash, sweet potato, orange and red peppers, red onions, chorizo and sausage with sweet chilli sauce from a local butcher - chopped them all fairly small and roasted them in tossed olive oil. We ate it with green beans and the result was delicious.
Last , but by no means least as far as I am concerned, we are about to be invaded (according to The Times) by 200 billion Crane Flies (Daddy Long Legs) as last Winter was a very good breeding season. The same apparently goes for wasps, hornets, stag beetles and ladybirds.
Now I must say that poor old daddy long legs does no harm really. As it says in the newspaper - if he flies into you it will hurt him more than it hurts you. Nevertheless, I don't care for those long legs. Also I only ever see them clinging in the corners of my windows, where they seem to stay for days on end, doing nothing. I have had one in the corner of my landing window for the last four or five days; I went outside half an hour ago to photograph it, only to find it had gone about its business. Just shows they must have some purpose in life.
I am going out with four friends tonight to a local hotel where we are to have a buffet supper followed by a talk by Gervaise Phinn - a retired schools' inspector and author. Will report back on that tomorrow.