How I wish you could all have been with me on my walk this afternoon.
I arranged to go over to see friend, M, after lunch. She only lives a short distance away over the fields and maybe a couple of miles by road. I normally take Tess with me but today, because of my mode of transport for the journey there, the farmer took Tess for a walk while I was clearing away the lunch things.
You will be surprised to hear that I went by tractor! The farmer is busy cutting grass for our friend and neighbour and was going very near to M's house so suggested I rode there and walked back later.
Have you ever ridden as a passenger in a tractor? If the answer is 'no' then I suggest don't do it. It is quite the most bumpy, hair-raising ride I have ever had. Climbing in up three iron steps was hard, the seat was hard and slippery and the ride seemed as though we were travelling over rocks rather than the normal road.
However, I got there safely and the climb down the steps was easier than the climb up.
We had a lovely afternoon, as we always do; talking about the old times, reminiscing about childhood, chatting and laughing - old friends are always the best aren't they?
My walk back was idyllic. The air was heady with the scent of May blossom; the fields were full of wild flowers; the curlews were issuing warning cries to their young to stay hidden as I passed; the beck was full of water crowfoot in flower; the 'commons' field was full of frisky Holstein heifers. Ah. What to do?
At least I didn't have Tess with me - that is like putting the cat amongst the pigeons. 'Come on,' I told myself. 'You are not a wimp, you are a farmer's wife. Just get going.' So I did and the little heifers behaved impeccably.
Coming home up the final pasture, through the sheep and lambs, I picked up a lot of stray wool. The ewes are shedding wool like mad and Fiona (Marmalade Rose on my side bar) has indicated that she would like to have it. It will take a lot of washing, carding etc., but she would like to try it and see how she gets on. She intends to call for it at the week end. So good luck Fi - we all look forward to hearing how you get on.