The process of haymaking continues and the weather has so far this week been perfect for it - bright sunshine and a gentle breeze - and not too hot.
The farmer's favourite activity got off to a good start. He always begins with his own crop (he only makes one field into hay, the rest is silaged) but now that the heavy grass crop is cut he finds that it is very wet underneath. This is because there is a heavy crop of grass on the field and we had some very wet weather earlier in the year which has made it difficult to dry out.
So it is going to take longer than he anticipated to get it baled up. Twice today he has tossed the hay - and as I write this he is out shaking it up again. The top is dry and crisp but underneath it is green and damp. Let's just hope that the weather holds out for another day or two. Several people are waiting for him to begin on their fields, so there is plenty to do.
Have you noticed that the instant the tractor starts up, a seagull appears? They are such opportunistic birds and they appear from absolutely nowhere. By the time I took the photograph here, one had flown in and by the time I came out of the gate there were half a dozen - all with their beady eyes fixed on the ground looking for anything eatable the shaker turned up.
Keep your fingers crossed for more fine weather please - both for our own field and then for the fields of various friends who are patiently waiting in the wings.