Monday, 26 July 2010

Going down....


'Down' is the operative word around here on the farm today.

First of all the farmer has grass down. He cut it on Saturday as the long-range forecast was good for the next few days. This is not our grass but grass which he cuts for various field/horse owners. The grass is to make hay for winter feed and is therefore very important to each and every owner. Since he cut it on Saturday the barometer has gone steadily down.

Today, the cloud is down so low that you could be forgiven for thinking that we do not live in hilly country for there is little to see beyond the next hedge (see my misty, grey photograph). Consequently the air is full of mist coming down and enveloping everything in fine dampness. Not the kind of thing we wish for when we think of haymaking.

As it is also 'Washday' the clothes are hanging down sadly and damply on the clothes line, the iron is still sitting on its shelf in the cupboard, very unused.

So - determined to cheer ourselves up Tess and I walked two miles down the lane. Just before we set off the farmer drove off down the lane for his three weekly visit to the Physiotherapist. As we reached the two mile marker and turned to come back, the farmer came up behind us in his car. I had written the date of his appointment in the wrong date on the calendar and his appointment is for tomorrow.
He was surprisingly cheerful (not at all down - he has seen the weather and the way it behaves for many a long year)) and he even offered Tess and me a lift back home. Tess was all for jumping in the car, but not yours truly. My goal is to loose two stone - one has already been lost and I am on course/track/a mission to lose the other stone before my next holiday, so I nobly turned down his offer and Tess and I walked back up the lane. The way things have gone down today then I can truly say that the only direction now is up - and as I write a weak sun is pushing through the clouds.

As regards our next holiday (mentioned above) dear friends who live in The Netherlands (and who read this blog regularly) have invited us to go for a few days during late September. Yesterday I booked the airline tickets on line (still feels a bit odd doing that), so if you are reading this F and R - we are so looking forward to coming. Have a nie evening.

19 comments:

Heather said...

Well done on your weight loss Pat - I should do the same but it is so hard. I don't eat the wrong things, just too much of the right ones! Inspite of the 'greyness' your photo is lovely. Do hope the farmer gets his hay made before it is spoilt.

The Solitary Walker said...

Onwards and upwards, Pat! Well done with the weight loss - that's impressive.

mrsnesbitt said...

Ah the Netherlands - we go often, well when we go to France. We take the overnight ferry from Newcastle and arrive in Ijmuiden (near Amsterdam) the following morning! We have to sail as we take the motorbike. Interesting journey though!

I managed to get my washing dry - but it is raining now! Northern weather eh? lol!

Gerry Snape said...

Grass growing well...back garden, clothes drying a bit...inside, hope you get all the hay in safely.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Enjoyed reading this slice of your day. Congrats on the weight loss. Hope to join you in that category very soon.

Derrick said...

Such willpower, Weaver! I wish you well with your weight goal.

Pondside said...

I know that a stone is a significant weight loss, although I can't remember just exactly what a stone is!
I hope the sun comes out for the farmer!

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The Weaver of Grass said...

Heather - it is a rather self-fulfilling prophecy - when one begins to lose weight one's trousers have more room in the waist line and there is a feeling that perhaps one could lose a little more! I have lost all taste for cake and chocolate and that does help.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Robers - thanks for the comment.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Denise - I am afraid that the sea and I do not have a lot in common - I am sea sick before we leave port, so we shall be flying to The Netherlands - really looking forward to it.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Gerry - as I write this the farmer has gone to shake up the lying grass - ready to bale up tomorrow weather permitting.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Gerry - as I write this the farmer has gone to shake up the lying grass - ready to bale up tomorrow weather permitting.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Mid life job hunter - I have been trying for several years to lose weight with no success - that was for cosmetic reasons - this is for health reasons and that makes all the difference.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Derrick - having just met you in the flesh so to speak I can say here and now that you certainly don't need to slim - lucky you.

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The Weaver of Grass said...

Pondside - there are 14 pounds in a stone but am unsure how this converts to kilos.

Erratic Thoughts said...

Great images in there!
Have a nice trip :)
Give me a five! for the weight-loss :)
~Cheers

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