We have had an inch of rain over the week-end after several weeks of what they call up here 'droughty weather'. The fact that the two fields opposite have been harvested but the straw has not been gathered does not seem to bother anyone - presumably it will be shaken up and will dry out later in the week when the forecast is for better weather again.
Next Saturday is one of the most important events in our local calendar when The Wensleydale Agricultural Show takes place - and its location happens to be just at the top of our lane, which makes it handy just to walk. I no longer go as I am really not mobile enough, but it is one of the highlights of the farmer's year and he is already looking forward to it. Before he goes, however, he has to go along to West Witton, a village just a little further into the Dale, where he judges the fruit and vegetables. He has done this for quite a few years.
We are well into the Show season up here with maybe only another half dozen or so before it is all over. Wensleydale is one of the larger ones, with sheep and cattle classes, usually heavy horses, events in the ring, produce and handicraft tents and all the usual trade stands.
Many years ago when travel was much more difficult, when few people had cars, these shows were certainly the highlights of the year for everyone. It would be such a shame were they to die out through lack of support.