Monday, 26 July 2010
'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.