Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Owl or Lark?
The farmer has always risen at six o'clock in the morning. This goes back to the days when he was a boy and there were milk cows on the farm. The herd had to be milked and the milk put into churns in those days and carried on a cart, pulled by the farm horse, down to Leyburn Station for transportation to the milk depot. And, although the farmer had to walk the couple of miles to school, he had to help in the dairy first.
This habit has stayed with him and he finds it impossible to stay in bed - six twenty is his time for rising and it never varies. Even on holiday he is out and about by this time and often goes off for a walk before breakfast.
Because I taught for years and usually dropped my son off at his school on my way to work I would also get up early. I liked to leave the house tidy, the bed made and almost always the evening meal prepared, so my mornings started early too. My then husband taught more than thirty miles away, so he had to be up and off at crack of dawn.
Our Aga has been under-performing for the last few months for no apparent reason we could see, so we called in an Aga engineer for today. As we were having our breakfast, at about seven thirty, the phone rang and the engineer was asking directions to get here. He arrived five minutes later and by nine had solved the problem and left.
I asked him - was he always this early and he replied that if he had to go to a farm then he knew they would be up in time, so he could make them his first call of the day. Old habits die hard.
Are you a lark, or are you (like my friend M if you are reading this!) an owl? I would argue that larks get the best part of the day but the I suppose owls would say that they get the best part of the night.
**At the top are two items from the bygone age of milking cows; both are in our kitchen, one on the dresser and the other over the door: the yoke from the days when two buckets could be carried on the shoulders and the brass strip which was round the top of a milk churn which would wait for collection on the Station Platform each more. The wording reads:
UTLEY. EMPTY LEYBURN STN.
** The Aga engineer found the problem with the Aga immediately - the pipe from the oil tank to the cooker was clogged up with fragments of detritus. He had it cleared in no time after a complete service and the Aga is now back to normal. The moral of this story is that it is always best to get the right man for the job.
***Following on from yesterday's hay/silage saga - I have to report that at lunch time today, after several showers, the farmer decided that the crop was definitely far too heavy to ever make hay before the rain came (the weather is not all that settled) and called in the silage men. Now nineteen bales of wrapped silage are stacked in the silage store and there will be no hay from our fields again this year.