Very busy few days here on the farm.
Are you a creature of habit? If you are retired and can choose what time you get up, do you vary according to how long you sleep in? Do your meal times coincide with when you feel hungry?
Well, I can tell you that here on the farm we live by the clock. In the days before we had Foot and Mouth disease, when the farmer milked twice a day, three hundred and sixty five days a year, our day started at 6am.
Now, of course, he is semi-retired but after sixty years or so of working by the clock, old habits die hard. He does manage to stay in bed until 6.30am - but , my goodness me, if he wakes and it is twenty to seven he leaps out of bed and says "We're late!"
I stay in bed for my morning cup of tea (courtesy of the farmer) but always get up just after seven. As I draw the curtains back our neighbouring farmer is going past the window in his land rover to collect his daily paper - he is a creature of habit too you see.
But all that has gone to pot this week because our neighbour has a lot of cattle and they are indoors for the winter. This is mid=winter cleaning out week - and who is helping him? My farmer. This means collecting the papers half an hour earlier so that they can "get going" and how odd it seems not to see his land rover when I draw back the curtains. Sad isn't it, that I am so ordered - well that is what my friends all think (don't you, those who read this blog - you know who you are), but actually, I enjoy the discipline of regular meal times etc. it makes it easy to plan my day.
The cleaning out of the beast is also run like a military operation. Because the land is so wet and these large tractors make such a mess of the land, all the manure is being moved to a dry piece of land a couple of miles away from the farm. One of them digs out the manure and fills a trailer while the other one drives to the heap they are making; then the one at the farm fills another trailer and starts out towards the heap. When they meet on the narrow lane, where it is difficult to pass, they swap round, changing tractor driving - all done like a military operation.
And as this same chap had a big new tractor last week, the farmer is enjoying driving this big monster up and down. You know what we have said about big boys toys in the past!
Today is a busy day for me. This morning we are proof reading our first publication as a writers' group and this afternoon it is our poetry reading afternoon. I am quite looking forward to that - eight of us all sitting quietly together round a fire, drinking tea, eating biscuits and reading each other our favourite poetry. Can't think of anything better, can you?
#My friend, M, had the operation on her hand, is home again and very cheerful. She thanks you for all the kind inquiries.