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.