Wednesday, 2 July 2014


According to the weather forecast this is the last day on which we can expect hot dry weather - and the hay is not yet quite ready.   As I write this the farmer is shaking it up again, but  as showers are forecast for this area tomorrow he has prepared our friend and neighbour, G, for the fact that we may have to make it into haylage (this means baling and wrapping) - G will come in later this afternoon and do this if necessary but we are still hoping for hay.

With the Tour de France passing through our town on Saturday, things are beginning to hot up.   The farmer tells me that large 'Wensleydale cheeses' have appeared in the field belonging to our friend and neighbour S - I will take a photograph of them when I go later for my acupuncture and put it on this post after tea.  We are hoping to more or less avoid the town from tomorrow onwards as there will be such activity and very little parking.   I would dearly love to watch the cavalcade go through (it includes outriders of 35 French gendarmes amongst others), but as we are over a mile from where the road is closed and there is no alternative but to walk in, that rules me out.  Also, I understand that our lane is scheduled to become a one way 'street' on Saturday - the wrong way to approach the town in any case.

I have deleted the Krishna spam from my comments page yesterday - why do these people have to make life difficult?  

What about that young Australian chap, Nick Kyrglos (aged 19) knocking the Number One seed Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon yesterday.   Nadal said 'I wish him all the best' - let's see how he does in his next match - each match gets harder the nearer we get to the final.   But don't we British love the underdog?


simplesuffolksmallholder said...

I really enjoyed watching that match, kept thinking surely he can't keep up the pace and beat Rafa, but he did. Good game all round.
Now for todays matches.

jinxxxygirl said...

Not just the British love the underdog! :) Will keep my fingers crossed for the hay! Hugs! deb

angryparsnip said...

I hope your hay (?) makes it.

Too bad about not being at the tour but the excitement is still there. Even with my walker I don't think I could make it either.
I was so happy for Nick Kyglos.
Many of us Americans, love the underdog. Just look at the USA soccer team we love them.

cheers, parsnip

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Heather said...

My fingers are still crossed for good haymaking conditions.
My chiropractor will be on duty as a race steward for the Tour de Yorkshire! He is very good should anyone need his services.
Kyglos has certainly shaken up the tennis world.
I am hoping to do more gardening over the weekend but I believe we have rain forecast. The garden certainly needs it, but not until the hay is safely in.

Dartford Warbler said...

It is perfect hay making weather here so I hope your sunshine continues tomorrow up in Yorkshire.

Haylage is fine in its way, but you can`t beat a good bale of June (early July!) hay.

Bovey Belle said...

Lots of hay and haylage has been made around here, taking advantage of the sunshine. Some more was cut in the fields up our valley a couple of days ago and the forecast for tomorrow is heavy rain, so they will be wanting to get it baled soonest.

I hope your Farmer gets his hay baled and carried in time.

What a shame you can't get down to watch the Tour de France go through. I suppose the Farmer is too busy haymaking to drop you down there.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Kygrios is definitely a star of the future, I was sorry that he didn't win his next match. Raonic of course is also likely a star of the future, but he's quite a boring player to watch

Gwil W said...

The Krishna spam is still there, or maybe it came back.