The weather here is cold and damp and we have so far had little or no Summer weather at all apart from one week in early June. And yet despite this the corn is beginning to ripen.
On our drive down to the feed merchants this afternoon (we go through lower levels and out of the Dales) we passed many arable fields. Some of them were still plain green, some were beginning to turn yellow and one or two were totally golden-yellow. They looked like wheat to me but the farmer quickly corrected me, pointing out that the green fields were the wheat. The seemingly gold fields were in fact Winter Barley.
When I suggested that it looked ripe and that no doubt the Combines would be out any day now he repeated one of his famous mantras. When your Winter Barley looks ripe then is the time to shut the field gate and go on a fortnight's holiday before you cut it.
Wrong as usual.