Thursday, 18 June 2009

Another farming week.







The first lot of silage is all gathered in on half of the farm - the other half is still growing. As it has had no fertiliser on it and has relied on slurry (sorry pooh again) it has been a bit slower growing, but it will be cut shortly. In the meantime it is important to keep stock out as they can create havoc - not only eating the grass but trampling it down. Yesterday our neighbour's young sheep decided that the grass was greener on our side of the hedge - in fact it was the young hawthorn shoots they were eating. Several decided to push their way through the hedge, have a good feed and then lie down. As you will see from the photograph, the farmer is looking for them but not having much success. In fact, just after I took this photograph they shot past him, jumped the beck, cleared the wall and ran off back up their own field. The farmer has mended the hole in the hedge and all is well again - for now!
At last my favourite honeysuckle is out on the hedge by the pasture gate - I wish you could smell it first thing in the morning - wonderful. I went up the lane to the gate to photograph it and my friends, the heifers, had to come and look. They say that curiosity killed the cat - well all I can say is that cows are a close second.
Today is sunny but windy and the wind is blowing last year's pine cones off the Scots Pine trees by the farmhouse and the air is full of pine needles so there will be plenty of clearing up to be done when the wind drops.

12 comments:

Arija said...

No dear Weaver, they are portends of the afterlife, the colours of the archangels.
I cannot concentrate to read your post just now, two hour ago my brother was a lifeless body and I have as yet not heard whethher it was possible to resuscitate him.
I feel rather numb.

mrsnesbitt said...

Awwwwwwwwwwww! Honeysuckle! The scent is awesome! We passed your way on our way to Heysham and indeed on our journey home! Will have to meet up sometime.

Dxx

jeannette stgermain said...

Wow, never a dull moment at a farm! Honeysuckle, one of my favorite flowers because of their fragrance! I can almost smell a whiff of it!

Heather said...

I can almost smell your honeysuckle from here - it is a lovely scent. Hope the next lot of grass for silage survived the visit from the sheep. They can be surprisingly quick and agile on occasions. We aren't far from the Forest of Dean and they lie about on the edge of the road and wander across at their leisure, regardless of the traffic.

Robyn said...

Yes cows are so funny when they are curious aren't they? I can almost smell that honeysuckle and I'm picturing the whole scene with the sheep rushing past.

Cloudia said...

Your words beguile me into the scene. Sweet, the honeysuckle!
Aloha inlander

Derrick said...

Hello Weaver,

Your cows look remarkably like the ones we saw in Newcastle - same mix of colours!

At our previous home we had a pink and a yellow honeysuckle on either side of the house. The scent was usually stronger in the evening.

steven said...

hi weaver, i love it when cows look at you like that! it's almost a combination of "what have you got for us" and "we've got something you should know about". have a peaceful day. steven

The Weaver of Grass said...

Seems all you bloggy friends ( I typed fiends by mistake there!) love honeysuckle and cows. We have plenty of both at present.
Have a good weekend.

Amy said...

YOu can't beat the smell of honeysuckle in the summer! It's also used as a hedge along the front of our local policeman's house and the scent is amazing.

Woman in a Window said...

Those young gangsta sheep. Can't trust 'em!

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

Its always something on the farm isnt it! LOL They love that fresh silage and hay bales! I love honeysuckles too! Their scent takes me back to when i was younger visiting the country I'm now so lucky to live in.
Arija - I'm so sorry about your brother.