A farming post today as once again farming takes a front seat. Our first crop of grass was sold as 'standing grass', bought by our neighbour and baled and wrapped by him. Now the silage fields have long grass again and they are ready for their second cut.
This one the farmer keeps for himself. You may remember that, although he is retired, in winter he houses the in-calf heifers belonging to our friend and neighbour - he also looks after them. So he needs the silage for daily feed.
The weather is good here, although a little humid, so yesterday he cut four of the silage fields and today, once the heavy dew had been burnt off by the warm sun, he has used his hay bob to shake it up well. Tomorrow morning, once the dew has gone, our silage contractors will move in to bale and wrap it - then the farmer will lead it all back to the farm yard to stack it for winter. Rather like getting in the logs for the stove this is another preparation for winter that gives one a satisfactory feeling once it is done. There are still another four fields to do, but he wants the grass to grow a little bit more before he tackles them. Also, it doesn't do to cut too much with our contrary weather.
Harvesting has begun down the bottom of the lane. The fields opposite were cut a couple of weeks ago but they were for fodder. The crops down the bottom of the lane are for selling, so had to be ripe. I am sure this week's hot weather has helped them greatly.
After all my efforts yesterday I really was on my feet too much and my arthritis has been bad today. But this afternoon I spent a couple of hours at the hairdresser, which was a nice restful time. Now the farmer is just off for his shower and then we shall be watching Bake Off. I wonder who will leave this week John.