This time of the year, which many years ago would have been hay time and nothing else , the weather is really vital, so the weather forecast (which of course is much more sophisticated these days) is listened to avidly. Our forefathers went by their years of experience and the wealth of folklore sayings to help them along the way. On the whole this folklore and the sayings that go with it is still pretty accurate. Red sky at night does usually mean a fine day and similarly red sky in the morning often means it is likely to rain later in the day.
The long-range forecast yesterday suggested that after today (when rain is forecast later) the weather would improve and we might possibly get three or four days of nice weather.
We have one field - the paddock - in which the farmer always likes to make hay (for old times sake really) and I see he has just gone past the kitchen window with the cutter on the back of the tractor. Is he going to cut the paddock even though rain is forecast later - I do hope not. But of course if he does he can always change his mind about the hay and make it into silage.
The cats will not be pleased as they like to use the hay barn as their winter home - sleeping amongst the snuggly bales while the hedgehogs hibernate behind the bales at the bottom of the heap. And several friends rely on the hay for their horses in the winter months.
Should haymaking ensue, I will post photographs of progress as the week goes on!