Saturday, 8 September 2012
Autumn draws near.
All the fields have been cut and the grass is short again. This means that Tess and I can walk in them with ease and although I am a little shaky today after my day in bed yesterday, we went for a walk after lunch.
Tess was delighted to be in the fields again. The hedge-bottoms are full of rabbits and for most of the time she had her head down a rabbit hole and her bottom up in the air. I tried picking blackberries but only got about a tea-cup full, so now need a cooking apple so that we can have stewed blackberries and apples with custard for tea (one of the farmer's favourites). After this blog I shall walk down to the veggie garden to see what the apple trees have to offer me.
There is a distinct feel of Autumn now everywhere. The rose hips are turning bright red and all the rosebay willow herb is rapidly going to seed. In the big ash tree a parliament of rooks is duscussing something important - don't know what it is - wish I could speak their language!
And, best of all, a dozen or so curlew are flying round the fields and calling as they go - I love curlews and as Autumn approaches they begin to pay us visits. Lovely.
Sadly, I had to cancel my visitors for the weekend. I didn't feel up to entertaining them and in any case, it is a nasty bug and it will still be lurking around. I just hope the farmer doesn't go down with it when it is just his busiest time of the year.
Do my readers remember the poorly heifer who we expected would miscarry her calf? She has been indoors on her own for the last two weeks or so, fed and watered and re-strawed daily but not really making any improvement. Well yesterday she finally aborted the calf - 5 months pregnant and David said the calf seemed to be almost perfectly formed (a bull calf) but only about half the size of Tess. I hope she will now begin to pick up and get back to normal. She has been eating and drinking normally and does not seem to be in any kind of pain.
Tonight is one of those Iconic nights which I am afraid I must take advantage of - The Last Night of the Proms is on Television. Although it is not the farmer's 'cup of tea' he seems happy to let me watch it - I have done so ever since I can remember. So if you are watching it too - enjoy.